The Voice of God
This instrument will take its place as the most important organ in this section of the state, it had been planned on a broad scale to suit the magnificent Church where it serves as a musical background for the Worship of Almighty God. It embodies the latest devices and improvements in modern Organ building.
There are four manuels (or keyboards) and a pedal board, and each of these five sections are an organ in itself. Four of these sections namely, The Great Organ, The Swell Organ, The Choir Organ, and Pedal Organ are located in the front of the Sanctuary and the fifth section, or the Echo Organ is placed in the rear of the room in a specially built chamber at one side of the balcony. Each of the four manuels has its own expression box, thus giving the organist the entire organ under control for the purpose of shading the tones to suit the individual taste of the player.
There are many delightful orchestral solo stops such as the French Horn, Oboe, Concert Flute, Clarinet, Cornopean, Tuba, Vox Humana, etc. The Organ has a harp in the Great division and Chimes in the Echo division. In addition to this there are five double rank stops, each of which is a most delightful and distinct tone quality. They are as follows: The Erzahler Celeste in the Great Organ, the String Celeste in the Swell Organ, the Unda Maris in the Choir Organ, the Vox Angelica, and the Flute Celeste in the Echo Organ. Each of these stops give a beautiful wavy tone, and has a separate character of its own.
All of the above mentioned stops are of the mellow and rich tone qualities. In addition to these have a full complement of Diapasons, big Flutes, and reeds which go to make up a powerful and majestic tone when the Full Organ is used. The magnificent power of the Full Organ will be felt as ample for the Sanctuary and yet it will always be considered musical and not noisy. It has been planned to support the utmost demands for power and will have the finest and most delicate shades of tone color in all its divisions.
There are fourty-one stops, thirty-four couplers, and fourty-seven pistons, & nineteen toe pistons. It includes four expression pedals which operate each manuel box and a fifth pedal called a crescendo pedal which adds stops. These couplers and pistons give the organist a wonderful scope for the operation of the Organ since they are electrically operated and act instantly. The pistons which are located under each manuel, permit the organist to change the tone color of each manuel while playing, without taking the hands of the keys.
The blowing plant for this Organ consists of a 7.5 H.P. electric motor with a large fan attached to the motor shaft and this is to provide the wind necessary to operate the entire organ containing thousands of Pipes.
The opportunities for variety of tonal effects in this Organ are unlimited and can hardly be exhausted by the organist in years of playing as new combinations of tone will be suggested at each study of the keyboard.
Note: This Organ was built under the supervision of John A. Bell, Organ Architect, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaina, who drew the specifications and dictated the policy of the voicing and mechanical work.
The Organ was built by the Austin Organ Company, of Hartford, Connecticut, and they have given us special service in the construction of the instrument for which we are truly greatful.
The Organ was destroyed by fire on December 18, 1995 when the sanctuary caught fire. The Organ was restored and on Sunday October 12, 1997, The Organ was rededicated and a Organ recital was held by Paul Staley at 3:30PM.
Mr. Staley is an accomplished Organist and Choir Director from the buffalo area. He was responsible for the tonal work on our organ from Schlicker Organ of Buffalo, the builders.
The Organ was rebuilt by reworking pipes damaged in the fire, by using new pipes, and the console from a similar organ in Pittsburgh, PA. In essence, the organ is still an Austin Organ but it was rebuilt by Schlicker.
The Organ is serviced by A.E. Sterner Organs of Youngwood, PA, and is being tuned and maintained regularly to keep it in great shape.
Kay Springer, (Organist & Choir Director) is granted regular use of this instrument, but it also is played by many other organists in the Connellsville Area Community.
We believe that you will be pleased with the music from this Organ!