St. John United Presbyterian Church, New Albany, Indiana
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Opus # 1039, 1942 Aeolian Skinner Organ Company, Boston, Mass

Pedal Swell Great Choir Accessories

32' Contra Bourdon
16' Bourdon
16' Diapason
16' Contra Fagotto
8' Fagotto
8' Flute
8' Octave
4' Choral Bass
4' Klarine

8' Diapason
8' Holzgedeckt
8' Viola d'Gamba
8' Voix Celeste
8' Trompette
4' Gemshorn
Plein Jeu III
Swell 4'
Swell Unison Off
Swell 16'

16' Bourdon
16' Contra Fagotto
8' Principal
8' Gemshorn
8' Melodia
8' Fagotto
4' Octave
2' Flachflote
Grave Mixture II

Great 4'
Great Unison Off
Great 16'

8' Nason Flute
8' Dulciana
8' Clarin
4' Flauto Traverso
2' Flautino
1 1/3' Larigot

Choir 4'
Choir Unison Off
Choir 16'

Great to Pedal 8;
Great to Pedal 4'
Swell to Pedal 8'
Swell to Pedal 4'
Choir to Pedal 8'
Choir to Pedal 4'
Swell to Great 16'
Swell to Great 8'
Swell to Great 4'
Choir to Great 16'
Choir to Great 8'
Choir to Great 4'
Swell to Choir 16'
Swell to Choir 8'
Swell to Choir 4'
Great to Choir 8'
Choir to Swell 8'

10 General Pistons
5 Swell Pistons
5 Great Pistons
5 Choir Pistons

Organ history by Dr. David K. Lamb:

The organ was originally built by the Hook and Hastings Organ Company of Boston in 1883 and was installed in the Second Presbyterian Church on Main Street in New Albany. In 1890, the Congregation of Second Presbyterian Church built the "new" building in 1890 on the corner of Elm and 13th streets. They moved the Hook and Hastings Organ to their new location. In the early 1940's, the Second Presbyterian Church and the Third Presbyterian Church merged to form Hutchinson Memorial Presbyterian Church.

In 1942, the organ was totally rebuilt and enlarged by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston. In the early 1970's, there was another merger of the Hutchinson Memorial Presbyterian Church with the First Presbyterian Church to form the present St. John United Presbyterian Church. The First Presbyterian Church building was sold and demolished, only after the historic Odell Organ was removed and donated to the Okalona Baptist Church, across the river. The fagotto and the krumhorn stop were added by Miller Pipe Organ Company of Louisville in 1979, and in 1984 the Miller Company was contracted to rebuild the console with solid state switching. The chimes were added in 1987 and the deteriorating facade pipes were replaced in 1996, that was 103 years after there original construction for the Second Presbyterian Church in 1883. The most recent project involved replacing the Krumhorn stop with the original clarinet from 1942.

Writing on one of the large Bourdon Pipes

An interesting tid bit of information involves the fact that in 1942, there were four Aeolian-Skinner Organs that traveled together to Indiana from Boston. The "Hutchinson" Organ shared the truck with the 4 manuel instrument that would make its new home at the "Tabernacle" Christian Church in Columbus. (See First Christian Church in Columbus on this site.) There is also an Aeolian-Skinner "Unit" organ in the Chapel of the First Christian Church of Columbus, also built and installed in 1942. The fourth organ was the 4 rank "practice" organ that was to be the focal point of the parlor of the Hedden Residence on Vincennes Street in New Albany. This organ was used for the instruction of many future New Albany organists, who were at the time the students of Susan Elizabeth "Miss Elsie" Hedden. Miss Elsie's organ is now owned by the Miller Pipe Organ Company, and is currently in storage awaiting installation in their new building on Gilmore Industrial Blvd.

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Prelude in G Major - J.S. Bach , performed at St. John United Presbyterian Church, by Dr. David K. Lamb, October 26, 2005

Other recordings on the St. John United Presbyterian Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ:

Andantino pour Orgue

In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Sleepers Awake!

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