Pipe Organ & Piano’s

With renovations taking place in the Sanctuary, the organ console was removed.  The new console has arrived and will be used as soon as the wiring to the pipes is completed.  Soon!!!  For now, the Steinway piano will be used for all musical accompaniment until such time as we can no longer worship in the Sanctuary.  At that time it will be put in protective storage off premises.

A fond farewell to St. Paul’s Pipe Organ which was built in 1941, during World War II,  by the Casavant Frères Company located in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada who moved their operations to a factory in Detroit and continued to build pipe organs along with parts and supplies for the war effort.  Our organ, therefore, was a unique hybrid of Canadian and American workmanship.  Pictures of the organ being dismantled to be sent to Canada!

The organ consisted of 3 manuals and pedals and had 73 stops, 62 ranks, and 3879 pipes.  St. Paul’s organ was the largest pipe organ in York.  The organ company came and took the 80 year old organ console in late June and will use it as a sort of model as they prepare our new console.  At the same time, some of the pipes will also be taken out of the organ chambers to be sent back for tonal work to the organ factory at Orgues Letourneau in Canada.  The organ pipes in the chambers have been covered in plastic to protect them from the demolition work that will be occurring in the near future.  The pipes and the windchests need to be protected from flying dirt and debris.  These are some of the worst enemies for an organ which can cause havoc if not protected properly.  The new console will be designed so that it works harmoniously with our existing pipe work which is hidden away in the chambers beside and above the chancel.  Dr. Hershey designed the console for our organ in 1940.  He made choices and decisions about how the organ console would operate and connect with the existing pipes in the chambers.  At that time, he made sure that those decisions led to an organ console that was state of the art and provided long lasting service to the congregation for nearly 80 years!

Since then many new things are available for musicians.  Now it is our own musician Victor Fields who has been working with the organ company to insure that the new console for St. Paul’s is state of the art.  After months of research, discussions and meetings with organ builders, we are embarking on the next chapter of St. Paul’s beloved organ.  The next chapter of our Casavant organ will include the following:  a brand new handmade movable organ console fitted with a new computer operating system.  The new console will have a total of 100 stop knobs.  The operating system includes a record and playback system on the console and a remote iPod.  Additions of new and re-voiced pipes!  The organ will have 63 ranks and a total of 4,050 pipes.  There will be 10 new attractive grill cloth screens covering the organ chambers for both visual beauty and sound to flow evenly and freely.  St. Paul’s will have a truly stellar pipe organ when the project is completed.  The console will be an elegant and beautiful addition in our newly remodeled Sanctuary and continue to be the largest pipe organ in York.  It will become one of the most versatile instruments in our region.  New organ console pictured below:

We will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders that God has done.

Praise him with the strings and pipe,

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.

In addition to the organ, the church sanctuary is home to a 1992 Steinway & Sons Model D Concert grand piano which is used for worship and in concerts and recitals.