Designed with an ear to the rich and luscious Aeolian-Skinner sound of the Harrison-era, the Christ Church Organ, Opus 1724, features a widely customized stop-list as well as an expanded 20-channel speaker system that spreads the organ's five divisions throughout the church's interior. The Great and Pedal divisions are located on the Western wall of the sanctuary, above and around the chapel clerestory. The Swell and Choir divisions are mounted in the arch-work above the Western stairwells, on the Epistle and Gospel sides, respectively. The Solo division (playable from any of the three manuals) is located in the facade of the original Hook organ (removed in 1973) in the choir loft to the South East. The console itself sits in the middle of the sanctuary on the Gospel side of the aisle, in full view of the congregation, where it maintains a powerful presence during worship services and performances.
This instrument was seen and heard in Minneapolis at the 2008 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists before it was reconfigured to the specification designed for Christ Church. Of note are the full reed choruses added to each of the manuals, the addition of a 64' Gravissima to the Pedal, and the classic Skinner "double chorus" on the Great. The resulting instrument is not only quite large and multi-faceted, but capable of surprising warmth and smoothness, supporting congregational singing with as much ease as it handles repertoire from all periods.
The organ was dedicated on November 30th, 2008, and a full specification can be downloaded here.
This small baroque style organ was originally built for the Church of the Resurrection, Norwich, Connecticut. The organ gave almost 30 years of regular service there. In January 2001,after between Christ Church and the Church of the Redeemer merged, the instrument was moved to the chapel by Richard C. Hamar, who had been an associate of the Richard M. Geddes firm from 1964-68, after apprenticing with Rudolf von Beckerath in Germany.
It is a six-rank unit instrument: Bourdon, Principal, Gemshorn plus a Mixture stop of three ranks. The Principal rank is composed of 85 pipes, the Bourdon has 97, the Gemshorn has 85 and Mixture contains 219. These 486 pipes are winded by a single reservoir of air. The valves for admitting air to the pipes are direct electric action controlled by the console keys for each individual pipe. The original keyboard cabinet is a Klann linden style console. Mr. Hamar moved the whole organ, rearranged the pipes with some new chests to fit in the reduced space, refurbished parts, re-voiced all the pipes, and with parish-member Stanley J. Stanley’s assistance, re-cabled it with new PVC to meet code standards. New flamed copper pipes were fabricated by Organ Supply Industries of Erie, Pennsylvania to enhance the new chamber openings around the cross. A great deal of volunteer labor from parishioners made this whole project possible.