Opus 1 - St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Penfield, NY 2016

In early 2014, Nathan Davy, then-director of music, invited us to submit a proposal for a new pipe organ to replace a failing electronic instrument, installed in the 1980s. The church, built in 1967, was not designed with a pipe organ in mind; space would have to be created for one. The visual design, developed by Chris Ortloff, Jr., places the organ on the central axis of the church, supported on a new 40’-wide platform constructed across the front. Great care was taken in the design process to maintain focus of worship on the altar, and to complement, not compete with, the dramatic gold mosaic surrounding the crucifix.

The tonal design of the organ was developed between Dr. Davy, Jonathan Ortloff, and Stephen Russell to maximize the resources of the instrument within the bounds of space and budget. A number of fine vintage stops from our stock were incorporated into the design, including reeds, strings, and wood pipes, all restored and revoiced. New fluework is 94% lead to promote warm, singing tone from principals and flutes alike. The façade, of flamed and polished copper, features pipes from the Pedal 16’ Principal and Great 8’ Diapason. Flue voicing is by Jonathan Ortloff. Reed voicing is by Trivo, Inc.

The mechanical chassis is based around two slider chests for the Great and Swell, with additional electric and electro-pneumatic chests for reeds, unit stops, and basses. The organ speaks on 3.5” and 5” wind pressure.

Installation began in early 2016, with Great and Pedal playing in time for Easter. The remaining installation and tonal finishing was completed in August. Nathan Davy returned to dedicate the organ on September 9.

Many more photographs are available on our Facebook page, here.

Sound Files:

Duruflé - Choral varié sur le thème du 'Veni Creator', Op 4. Nathan Davy, organist

Ravel - Le tombeau de Couperin, Prélude. Nathan Davy, Organist

Great
16 Bourdon (Pedal)
8 Diapason
8 Harmonic Flute
8 Chimney Flute (Swell)
8 Viola (Swell)
4 Octave
2 Fifteenth
III-IV Mixture
8 Trumpet*
Great 16
Great Off
Great 4
Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Swell
16 Bourdon (Ext)
8 Chimney Flute*
8 Viola*
8 Viola Celeste
4 Principal
4 Flute*
2 2/3 Nazard
2 Flute (Ext)
1 3/5 Tierce
IV Mixture
8 Trumpet*
8 Oboe*
Tremulant
Swell 16
Swell Off
Swell 4

Pedal
32 Resultant
16 Principal
16 Bourdon*
8 Principal (Ext)
8 Bourdon (Ext)
8 Chimney Flute (Swell)
4 Octave (Ext)
32 Harmonics
16 Trombone* (Ext)
8 Trumpet (Great)
Great to Pedal
Great to Pedal 4
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Pedal 4