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Christ Episcopal - Elizabeth City, NC

Renovation of an Austin Instrument at Christ Episcopal Church in Elizabeth City.   
The renovation of the existing pipe organ was completed with complementary tonal resources being added in a digital format.  This combination allows the tonal development of the instrument to meet the needs of a growing music ministry while providing the most dynamic instrument for congregational support in worship.  This approach has the distinct advantage of allowing the best possible stewardship of funds to accomplish these exciting goals.

The Great Division is a foundational portion of the pipe organ intended to have the strength and clarity to provide the basis of the instrument…a completely new 8-4-2 Principal chorus on the Great to complement the current pipe Principal resources.  These new stops were scaled to provide a clear character while giving body and depth to the chorus. 

The secondary Flute Chorus was developed with a Metal Bourdon for solid foundational work and complementary Harmonic Flute for the developmental harmonics.  The 4' line of the Flute chorus was developed to complete the upper harmonic series.  This same logic was carried through with an independent Principal of clear, strong character.  The Principal series was completed with the new digital Mixture.   

The harmonic development and dynamic range of the Swell Division were both dramatically increased with the new specification.  The addition of a complete complementary Principal chorus in the Swell allows for a solid foundation for counter-point with the Great Principals.  The additional Strings, Mixtures and Reeds also completes the acceptable tonal color of this division to properly balance a complete three manual instrument.

The Choir Division is a new resource that provides an added dimension to the instrument.  This secondary expressive division provides a superb counterpoint to the organ and allows a colorful lighter dynamic range with multiple uses.

The Pedal Division saw a major expansion of both the harmonic and dynamic range.  In keeping with traditional organ design, with the Manual series strongly developed on the 16' line it is critical to provide the foundational support of the Pedal in the 32' harmonic series.  While space and budget did not permit these to be in natural acoustic pipes, digital voices provide the perfect alternative.  All major endorsing organizations allow pedal extensions in this series as they are accepted as musically and financially advantageous.

Another concern was the ability to maintain a clear, well defined pedal line for counterpoint.  In order to accomplish this, we elected to provide independent 16', 8' and 4' Principal lines in the pedal.  These were regulated to complement and support the manual Principals while keeping that clear, well defined line.

The final area of recommendation was the reed structure.  Again, given the importance of color and foundation that the reeds will bring to the instrument, it was critical to provide lines which are independent of the manuals.  As a result, we included an independent pedal unit reed to provide the clear strong pedal line.  As with the Flues, we also felt that this harmonic series should extend to 32' and have included this as a digital extension.


16 Bourdon
8 Open Diapason
8 Principal
8 Bourdon
8 Harmonic Flute
8 Melodia
8 Dulciana
8 Flute Celeste II
4 Principal
4 Octave
4 Hohlflöte
2 Super Octave
III Mixture
IV Plein Jeu
8 Trompete
8 Festival Trumpet

8 Holzgedeckt
8 Viola
8 Viola Celeste
4 Principal
4 Koppelflote
2-2/3 Nazard
2 Flautino
1-1/3 Larigot
1 Fife
III Scharf 1
8 Clarinet
8 English Horn
8 Festival Trumpet
4 Choir to Choir
Choir Unison Off

16 Rohr Bourdon
8 Geigen Diapason
8 Klein Principal
8 Rohrflöte
8 Salicional
8 Vox Celeste
8 String Celeste II
8 Flute Celeste II
4 Spitz Flute
4 Prestant
2-2/3 Nazard
2 Octavin
1-3/5 Tierce
III Plein Jeu 2
16 Contre Trompette
8 Trumpet
8 Trompette
8 Oboe
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion
4 Swell to Swell
Swell Unison Off
8 Festival Trumpet

32 Contra Bourdon
16 Open Diapason
16 Principal
16 Bourdon
16 Lieblich Gedeckt
16 Rohr Bourdon
8 Octave
8 Gedeckt
4 Choral Bass
4 Rohrflöte
IV Mixture
32 Contra Posaune
16 Trombone
16 Contra Trompette
8 Trumpet
8 Trompette
4 Rohr Schalmei


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