Organ History & Specifications

The Sanctuary Organs

In January of 1993, the decision was made by the Consistory of The Church on the Hill to engage in a drive to fund a new organ and renovated chancel for our Sanctuary.  Two months later a contract was signed with the Allen Organ Company of Macungie, Pennsylvania.  The renovation of the Chancel took place in July and August, and in early September the new organ was installed and dedicated to the Glory of God.

The result of this project was a beautiful Chancel and choir loft, keeping the appearance of the previous Chancel, but with expanded floor space, oak parquet floors, a newly designed and enlarged choir loft, and a four-manual digital, state-of-the-art organ.

The organ is actually two organs, a four-manual instrument in the front of the church and a two-manual in the rear gallery.  Both instruments are played from a large four-manual console in Chancel in the front of the church.  Whereas the previous organ that had served the church since 1932 was extremely limited in its tonal resources, those of the new organ are almost limitless.  It is the largest installation by the Allen Organ Company in New York, and it is scaled and voiced for the size and nature of our Sanctuary.

The addition of the new organ in 1993 brought with it a “whole new world” of excitement and beauty for our worship experiences.  It is capable of playing literature for the organ of all periods, and provided a rebirth in the areas of choral leadership and congregational singing.

Chancel Great

Percussion 2nd Voices
16 Gemshorn
Chimes
8 Prinzipal
8 Rohrflote
Celesta
8 Flute Celeste II
4 Octave
4 Spitzflote
2 2/3 Quinte
Harp
2 Superoctave
2 Waldflote
8 Harpischord
Mixtur IV
4 Harpischord
Scharf III
16 Posaune
8 trompete
4 Klarine
Chancel Great
Unison Off
Tremulant
Chancel Great

Nave Great

16 Sub Principal
8 Open Diapason
8 Gemshorn
8 Chimney Flute
8 Dolce Celeste II
4 Principal
4 Spire Flute
2 2/3 Twelfth
2 Fifteeth
2 Recorder
Full Mixtur IV
Sharp Mixture III
Trompet
8 Cremona
8 Nave Great
Unison Off
Tremulant
8 Fourniture IV
16 Contra Fagotto
8 Trompet
8 Oboe
4 Clarion
Nave Swell
Unison Off
Tremulant

Chancel Solo

8 Diapson
8 Harmonic Flute
8 Viola
8 Viola Celeste
4 Octave
Grande Fourniture V
16 Bombarde
8 Trompette
Harmonique
8 Corno di Bassetto
8 English Horn
4 Clarion
Tremulant

Nave Ancillary Reeds

16 Bombarde
8 State Trumpet
8 French Horn
8 Clarinet
8 Rohschalmei
8 Barpfeife
Tremulant
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Chancel Swell

Orchestral 2nd Voices
8 Geigen Diapson
8 flute Bouchee
8 Salicional
8 Salicional Celeste
4 Principal Conique
4 Flute a Fuseau
Orch. Flute
2 2/3 Nasard
Brass II
2 Flute a Bec
1 3/5 Tierce
Clarinet
1 Sifflet
Plein Jeu IV
16 Bassoon
Brass I
8 Trompet
8 Hautbois
Orch. Oboe
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion
Ch. Swell to Ch.
16 Swell
Ch. Swell to Unison Off
Ch. Swell to Ch.
4 Swell
Tremulant
Orchestral Voice On

Nave Swell

16 Contra Gamba
8 Violin Diapason
8 Stopped Diapason
8 Gamba
8 Voix Celeste
4 Tapered Principal
4 Spindle Flute
2 2/3 Flute Twelfth
2 Flautino
1 3/5 Seventeenth
1 Fife

Chancel Pedal

32 Contre Basse
32 Contre Bourdon
16 Principal
16 Subbass
16 Pommer
8 Octave
8 Gedackflote
4 Choralbass
4 Flute ouverte
Mixur IV
Scharf III
32 Contre Bombarde
16 Bombarde
16 Fagott
8 Trompet
4 Clarion
Chan. Pedal
Unison Off

Navel Pedal

32 Stopped Bass
16 Diapason
16 Bourdon
16 Lieblichgedacket
16 Violone
8 Octave
8 Gedackt
4 Super Octave
4 Open Flute
Mixture IV
32 Contre Trombone
16 Trombone
16 Bassoon
8 Trompet
4 Schawm
Nave Pedal
Unison Off

MIDI Expander II
(Orchestral Voices)

Harpsichord 8'
Harpsichord 4'
Lute
Harp
Celesta
Handbells
Arco Strings
String Bass
Choir
Piano 16'
Piano 8'
Electric Piano
Chimes
Electric Organ 1
Electric Organ 2
Electric Organ 3
Piccolo
Flute
Cello
Clarinet
Oboe
Bassoon
French Horn
Br. Ensemble
Bugle
Trumpet
Posthorn 8'
Posthorn 16'
Wood Harp 4'
Wood Harp 8'
Marimba
Vibes
Glockenspiel
Zimbelstern
Orch. Bells
Xylophone
Tympani
Tym-Perc-Lo