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The Schoenstein Organ at First Church

Schoenstein & Co., Opus. 148


Installed in September 2013 and the first built on the East Coast, Schoenstein & Co., Opus 148, leads this spiritual and lively congregation of First Church every week with excellent hymn singing and anthem accompaniment. Its tonal design of 25 voices (31 ranks) is of the English Romantic style and fills this New England sanctuary with its richness of tone enhanced by an adequate acoustic. See the attached link to the organ specifications list.

 

Designed by Jack M. Bethards, President and Tonal Director, the organ has unique features representative of this company’s specialties: double expression (a second set of swell shades within the already enclosed swell division) and a balanced expression pedal; programmable piston range for each memory level; solid state capture combination action; vertical shutters for ideal projection of pipes in chambered installations; and electric-pneumatic action with an individual valve windchest. In 2010, a Zymbelstern (donated by John and Margi Kreitler) was installed. The organ console with its adjustable bench was designed by Chuck Primich, Design Engineer of Schoenstein, and is made of solid wood with cherry stain and white outer panels. On March 14, 2004, Thomas Murray performed the dedicatory recital demonstrating the organ’s versatility and variety of tones that promote the pipe organ’s legacy as the “King of Instruments.” Schoenstein & Co. was established in 1877 and continues to build quality and artistic organs promoting their motto: “Dedicated to expanding the tonal color and dynamic range of the pipe organ.”  The reward of hearing this beautiful instrument is magnified by the knowledge of so many First Church people who dedicated their time and skills to see this organ from its inception to its installation. Thank you to Dick Dann, Organ Chair, and Allen Shenk, Organ Curator, from 2003 to the present.

 

Click here for the Schoenstein Organ Stop List