The 1970 Schantz organThe 1970 Schantz organ

This is the instrument that started it all!

The information that follows is taken directly off of the program that was printed for the dedication service and recital on Sunday, April 26, 1970:

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Our new organ was built by the Schantz Organ Company of Orville, Ohio, a third generation firm recognized as one of the foremost builders of pipe organs in North America since its founding in 1873 by Abraham Schantz. Custom built for this particular church, it was designed by Messrs. A. E. Straehle and James Madden of the Schantz Company, in consultation with Miss Gladys Christensen of the faculty of Wheaton College, Wheaton Illinois.  The installation and the voicing of the organ was done by Frank J. Sauter and Sons, Alsip, Illinois, and Mr. J. Madden. The Church organ committee served under the Chairmanship of Dr. Roger Hoekstra.

The Instrument is composed of 23 ranks of pipes comprising 27 stops, totaling 1,335 individual pipes. The pipes are grouped into three separate divisions called Great, Swell and Pedal. The console has two Manuals.

Specification of the organ

Great organ
Principal 8′
Rohrfoete 8′
Octave 4′
Gemshorn 4′
Super Octave 2′
Mixture IV
Krummhorn 8′

Swell organ
(enclosed under expression)
Holzgedackt 8′
Viole 8′
Viole Celeste 8′
Dolce 8′
Waldfoete 4′
Nasard 2-2/3′
Prinzipal 2′
Tierce 1-3/5′
Trompette 8′
Clairon 4′

Pedal organ
(partially explosed*)
Subbase 16′
Principal 8′ *
Flute 8′
Choral Bass 4′ *
Flute 4′
Rauschquinte II *
Contre-Trompette 16′
Trompette 8′
Clarion 4′
Krummhorn 4′

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This organ is a delightful “little” instrument. I say “little” because when you pull out all the stops it sounds far from little. And there is enough in it’s stoplist to really play around with. I’ve only ever heard on concert played on it. Otherwise it is used on Sundays, though less frequentily of late.

The Great and some of the Pedal division pipes are the ones that you can see in the sanctuary. The Swell division is located behind the two screens. Directly behind the screens are the shutters that open and close for expression.

Recently it went through a thorough cleaning. Sadly, this organ is starting to show it’s age. There are minor issues with the console and the Krummhorn 8′ has some pipes that will not speak, and some that sound really odd. They actually need to be packed up and shipped back to Schantz to be worked on, but that’ll cost a fair amount of money. It’s a bit of a shame to see this happen to such a fine instrument. Particularly since this was – for the longest time – the only pipe organ I was familiar with.

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