The Organ of FPC

“The stained glass windows magnify the light, one of God’s first creations; but the organ brings to the Church something similar to light that yet surpasses it; the music of the invisible.  It is the wondrous overture to the Beyond.”
Olivier Messiaen
 

The First Presbyterian Church of Greensburg, Pennsylvania was designed in a modified English Gothic style by the celebrated architect Ralph Adams Cram.  An Ernest M. Skinner organ was installed in the church in 1919.  In 1974 the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, Connecticut built a three manual organ behind the twin Skinner organ cases located high in the chancel.  In 1988, the M.P. Moller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland, installed an eight rank organ in the rear gallery of the sanctuary.  Additions and improvements occurred through the years, including digital stops from the Walker Technical Company in 2013, 2014, and 2016.  Currently, the organs contain over 3,500 pipes in sixty-one ranks plus nineteen ranks of digital voices, plus carillon, chimes, and zimbelstern.

THE ORGAN OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Chancel Organ—1974 Austin with Subsequent Additions of Pipes by Austin, Estey (Open Wood), and A. R. Schopp’s Sons, Inc.

Gallery Organ—1988 M. P. Moller

Digital Additions—2013, 2014, 2016 Walker Technical Company

 

GREAT ORGAN

16 Violone                                        Digital
16 Gemshorn                                  61 Pipes
8 First Diapason                           61 Pipes
8 Second Diapason                      61 Pipes
8 Harmonic Flute                        49 Pipes (High Pressure)
8 Bourdon                                      61 Pipes
8 Gemshorn                                   12 Pipes
4 Octave                                          61 Pipes
4 Nachthorn                                  Digital
2 Fifteenth                                     61 Pipes
II Cornet (T.C.)                            98 Pipes
IV Full Mixture                            244 Pipes
III Sharp Mixture                        183 Pipes
16 Double Trumpet                    Digital
8 Trumpet                                     61 Pipes
8 Tromba                                       Digital
8 French Horn                             Digital
Chimes
Bell Star A                                     8 Bells
Bell Star B                                     Digital

SWELL ORGAN

8 Geigen Diapason                      61 Pipes
8 Chimney Flute                           61 Pipes
8 Gamba                                          61 Pipes
8 Gamba Celeste (T.C.)             49 Pipes
8 Viola Celeste II                          Digital
8 Flute Celeste II                          Digital
4 Octave                                          61 Pipes
4 Harmonic Flute                        61 Pipes
2 2/3 Twelfth                                 61 Pipes
2 Block Flute                                 61 Pipes
1 3/5 Seventeenth                        61 Pipes
IV Full Mixture                            244 Pipes
16 Contra Trumpet                     Digital
8 Trumpet                                      61 Pipes
8 Cornopean                                 Digital
4 Clarion                                         61 Pipes
16 Bassoon                                     61 Pipes
8 Oboe Ext.                                    12 Pipes
Tremulant
16 Royal Trumpet on Swell
8 Royal Trumpet on Swell
Bells on Swell Digital

CHOIR ORGAN

8 Spire Diapason                        61 Pipes
8 Nason Flute                               61 Pipes
8 Dolcan Celeste II                     110 Pipes
4 Octave                                          61 Pipes
4 Spindle Flute                             61 Pipes
2 Principal                                     61 Pipes
1 1/3 Nineteenth                          61 Pipes
II Sharp Mixture                         122 Pipes
8 Crumhorn                                  61 Pipes
8 Clarinet                                       Digital
8 English Horn                            Digital
8 Tuba Mirabilis                          Digital
8 Royal Trumpet                          73 Pipes (High Pressure)
Tremulant

GALLERY

8 Open Diapason                         61 Pipes
8 Spire Flute                                 61 Pipes
8 Flute Celeste (T.C.)                49 Pipes
4 Spire Flute                                 12 Pipes (ext)
4 Octave                                         61 Pipes
2 Fifteenth                                    12 Pipes (ext)
III-IV Mixture                             204 Pipes

PEDAL

32 Diapason                                 Digital
32 Contra Bourdon                   Digital
16 Open Wood                            32 Pipes
16 Open Metal                            32 Pipes
16 Bourdon                                 32 Pipes
16 Gemshorn                              (Great)
16 Gallery Bourdon                  12 Pipes (ext)
8 Octave                                        12 Pipes (ext)
8 Bourdon                                    12 Pipes (ext)
8 Gemshorn                                (Great)
4 Choral Bass                              32 Pipes
III Mixture                                   96 Pipes
VII Harmonics 32                      Derivative
32 Contra Trombone                Digital
16 Ophicleide                               Digital
16 Trombone                                32 Pipes
16 Bassoon                                   (Swell)
8 Trumpet 12 Pipes                   (ext)
8 Royal Trumpet                        (Choir)
4 Schalmey                                  Digital

Three Manuals
80 Ranks – 61 Pipe Ranks and 19 Digital Ranks Plus Bell Stars, Chimes, and Carillon
Solid State 32 Levels of Memory