From Music Director Lucy Kay Osborne:
No Sanctuary Choir rehearsal on December 26 or January 2!
Do you miss hearing the chimes? Do you want to play the chimes?
Please contact Holly Batstone via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at 805-444-6559 if you are interested or want to join in the fun!
Pipe Organ Happenings:
Our 1973 Balcom & Vaughan pipe organ has recently been voiced. The organ has not had major work done, except tunings and simple repairs, over the last 45 years. Voicing means that every single pipe is made to play with proper sound, sustained tone and volume. In the case of our organ, that’s almost 2,000 pipes. When voicing is completed, the sound is like a beautiful orchestra or choir playing or singing with a balanced and blended sound. In the case of our organ, no individual notes stand out as super loud, shrill or too soft. The voicing is phase one of our organ repairs/upgrades.
Phase two ($12,255.00) of the project is replacing the keyboard piston action and regulating the keys to sound at the same time a finger touches them. Pistons are the “buttons” an organist pushes to change the combination of stops or sounds desired. This system, which is housed in the console of the organ, where the keyboards reside, is a very intricate and integrated electrical network. Over time, the electrical contacts wear out and ours needs replacing.
Phase three ($17,555.00) for pipes, wind chest & installation only) is completion of the organ that was planned in 1973. Often when a pipe organ is installed, a few stops are left empty for future additions to complete the sound and round out the entire organ (in terms of available sounds and blending of sound). In our case, there are three areas of sound that we are missing that organists use to play most organ literature, hymns and liturgy: a 4-foot soft flute on the upper (swell keyboard) a tierce stop (for soloing melodies) and a trumpet stop on the lower keyboard (great keyboard). The trumpet is very much needed for hymns, weddings, festival Sundays and triumphant music calling for a trumpet.
The other part of stage three is adding pipe shades to the top front of the organ case itself. These are decorative and can tie in the organ’s aesthetic beauty to the other amazing liturgical art in our sanctuary. We are thinking of copper colored small concave squares, like the ones adorning the cross on the front wall of the chancel. An estimate of the pipe shades will be provided at a later date.