Let Us Prepare for His Coming
The Sanctuary Allen-Austin digital/pipe combination organ was dedicated in early 2010.
The nucleus of the instrument was built for the church in 1979 by Austin Organs, Incorporated as their opus 2628. Designed as a two manual, 16 rank instrument, the organ grew to 24 ranks with the addition of an 8’ Gemshorn Celeste and Sesquialtera II in the Swell division, an 8’ Krummhorn and 4’ Flute Ouverte in the Great division, and a Mixture III in the Pedal division. Although cleverly designed and laid out, the organ became woefully inadequate when the size of the sanctuary was greatly enlarged. One could easily hear that the organ was designed for a much smaller space that it was ultimately required to fill.
Seeking a solution that would represent the best possible stewardship of the available resources the organ committee selected Dunne Music Company to devise a new organ combining the resources of the previous instrument with a new console and digital additions by Allen Organ Company. Working closely with the Organ Committee and with the Director of Music Ministries and Organist, Fonda Davies, a comprehensive specification was developed that would meet the demands of the growing music program of the church both now, and in the future.
With the exception of the Austin console, 100% of the original instrument was incorporated into the new organ. While the names of the original pipe stops are recognizable, their color and timbre are greatly changed. Wind pressures throughout the organ were raised, and all 1,403 pipes were adjusted for proper speech and volume and the interior of the organ received a thorough cleaning.
The console, built by Allen Organ Company of Macungie, Pennsylvania is of a special design that places all controls logically and comfortably within reach but maintains a profile low enough to allow the organist/conductor to easily see and be seen -- all while controlling an organ roughly four times the size of that controlled by the original console. Special features include divisional nameplate cancels; manual and pedal sharps, drawknobs and rocker tablets of rosewood; and a fully adjustable music rack and bench. An array of reversibles and ventils, piston sequencer, multi-track recording and playback capability as well as a multiple memory capture action assist the organist in commanding the vast resources of this instrument. A fully integrated, multi channel MIDI system allows the console to control (or be controlled by) other MIDI capable instruments opening the possibility for the organ to be used in contemporary as well as traditional worship settings. The Allen VISTA™ module further increases the organ’s range and versatility by making hundreds of additional organ and orchestral voices conveniently available.
Digital additions were made throughout the organ increasing its size to four manuals and pedal with 94 ranks. Seven discrete sets of digital samples are contained within the console allowing the organist to transform the voices of the organ to sounds suited to the performance of any style of organ repertoire in a matter of mere seconds. The digital voices may be played antiphonally from a location high in the rear of the church. There are 90 speakers contained in 42 speaker cabinets of various sizes connected by some 18,000 feet of cable to amplifiers totaling 1,960 watts of power.
The Doan Chapel organ is a two-manual Heyligers instrument with a pipe façade. It is used for smaller memorial services and weddings.
The Sanctuary piano is a 7 ½ ft. Baldwin concert grand. Additionally, there are six acoustic and digital pianos on the church campus that are in use in various capacities.
EUMC owns three sets of acoustic drums and the youth band uses a digital set of drums.
Handbells and Handchimes
EUMC uses 5 ½ octaves of Malmark handbells 4 ½ octaves of Malmark handchimes, and 2 octaves of Cymbells in its handbell choirs and worship. In addition, percussion instruments are used by the handbell choir to occasionally supplement their music.
A professional concert set of tubular chimes were a recent memorial gift and are played in the 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. worship services each Sunday.