Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church, Ancaster ON
Wallace & Co. Opus 78 (2018)
The church was built in 1994 in a modern style, with a good acoustic and seating for 500. Initially the church had an electronic instrument, and the David Wallace company of Maine was commissioned to build a new organ in 2017. It was designed to support strong congregational singing, as well as offer a wide range of stops. These include an 8′ trumpet (Gt), 8′ Sw Oboe, and a 16′ Pedal Trombone. The action is all mechanical, both keys and stops, and the Swell division is under expression. The result is an historically informed 21st century tracker organ designed with the demands of the modern organist in mind. The instrument was dedicated at a major combined service in October 2018.
Address: 575 Shaver Road, Ancaster ON, L9G 3K9
Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church, Organ Specifications
David Wallace & Co Opus 78, 2018 II/25, all mechanical action
|Bourdon 16||Violin Diapason 8||Double Open Diapason 16|
|Open Diapason 8||Diapason Celeste 8||Bourdon (Gt) 16|
|Viola da Gambe 8||Stopped Diapason 8||Clarabella (ext) 8|
|Melodia 8||Principal 4||Choral Bass 4|
|Octave 4||Flute Harmonique 4||Trombone 16|
|Flute d”Amour 4||Nazard 2-2/3||Trumpet (ext) 8|
|Fifteenth 2||Flageolet 2|
|Mixture III||Tierce 1-3/5|
|Cornet IV||Oboe 8|
|Trumpet 8||Tremulant||Sw to Ped|
|Sw to Gt||Gt to Ped|
Baylor University’s Markham Organ Studio, Waco TX
Létourneau Opus 34 (1993) – III/30
This fine mechanical action instrument is in regular use by Baylor organ students and faculty, and is voiced to match the room. It is unchanged since its installation in 1993.
Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton ON
Casavant Opus 1048 (1924), Revised 1962 and 1998
The Anglican Cathedral of Christ’s Church was founded in 1842 and the present building erected in High Victorian Gothic style in 1876. Casavant Op. 1048 was installed in 1924, and there were tonal alterations and a new console installed by J. G. Dubé for Casavant in 1962. The Choir division was revised by Alan T. Jackson for Casavant in 1998. The present organ is III/58, with a fine tonal range. Action is all EP, and expression pedals are provided for Sw, Ch and Crescendo.
Christ's Church Cathedral, Organ Specifications
Casavant Opus 1048 1924/1962/1998 III/64
|Great||Swell (enclosed)||Choir (enclosed)||Pedal|
|Principal 16||Geigen Principal 8||Principal 8||Resultant 32|
|Open Diapason 8||Bourdon 8||Gedeckt 8||Open Diapason 16|
|Rohrflote 8||Quintadena 8||Octave 4||Violone 16|
|Gamba 8||Gamba 8||Koppelflote 4||Bourdon 16|
|Gemshorn 8||Salicional 8||Nazard 2-2/3||Principal (Gt) 16|
|Principal 4||Aeoline 8||Piccolo 2||Octave Principal (Gt) 8|
|Chimney Flute 4||Voix celeste (TC) 8||Tierce 1-3/5||Violincello (ext) 8|
|Twelfth 2-2/3||Octave Geigen 4||Quint Flote 1-1/3||Stopped Flute (ext) 8|
|Fifteenth 2||Flute Traverse 4||Mixture 2 III||Choral Bass (Gt) 4|
|Blockflote 2||Flautino 2||Clarinet 8||Bass flute (ext) 4|
|Mixture 1-1/3 IV||Cornet 2-2/3 II||Festival Trompette (Gt)||Super Octave (Gt)|
|Scharf 1 IV||Plein Jeu 1-1/3 V||Tremulant||Fourniture 2-2/3 IV|
|Festival Trompette 8||Cymbal 1 III||Trombone 16|
|Fagotto 16||Fagotto (Sw) 16|
|Oboe 8||Fagot (Sw) 8|
|Trompette 8||Festival Trompette (Gt) 8|
|Clarion 4||Schalmey 4|
|Festival Trompette (Gt) 8|
All Usual Couplers
Coventry Cathedral, UK
Harrison & Harrison (1959), Renovated (1986) – IV/74
The 1950’s arguments in favour of romantic or neo-classical style meant much controversy before the specification of the organ as it stands – the work of Sidney Campbell in conjunction with Cuthbert Harrison – was agreed in 1959. The organ is therefore something of a compromise, but in a busy cathedral where many demands are placed upon it – recitals, daily services, major events with capacity congregation – it fulfills its role admirably and is held in high regard.
Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Toronto ON
Gabriel Kney (1970) / Gober Organs (2001) – III/55
The organ was originally built in the 1970’s by Gabriel Kney & Co. for a large music room in a London ON residence. Following the destruction by fire of the previous church, together with its Brunzema organ, this residence organ was acquired by the church and placed in storage until the new building was completed in 2001. The Rückpositiv case remains unchanged. Gober Organs designed and built an entirely new Great façade case and pipes whose design echoes the Rückpositiv. Virtually every rank of pipes was increased in scale and tonally modified. The result is a warm and intensely colourful tone, which is in harmony with the elegant appearance of the façade and worthy of the rich acoustics of the new church.
St. Basil’s Catholic Parish – St. Michael’s College, Toronto ON
Casavant Opus 800/2578 (1919/1981), Revised 1962, 1981, 2017
St. Basil’s Church, built in 1856, is the founding church of the Congregation of St. Basil in Toronto, the college church of St. Michael’s College, and a parish church serving a large local congregation. Prior to 1919 there was a Warren organ in the gallery, which obscured the rose window. The 2017 improvements included tonal enhancements to give greater clarity to the sound and installing 250 memory levels.
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston TX
Schoenstein Organ Company Opus 145 (2004) – IV/80
Since its founding in 1952, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church has grown to become the largest Episcopal Church in North America with more than 9,000 members. The Schoenstein organ was installed in the newly-built church in 2004 in the west gallery. Two of the divisions, the Swell and the Solo, additionally have enclosed interior chambers so there are pipes that are able to sound twice as soft as those sitting in the front or first enclosure.
West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton AB
Létourneau Opus 23 (1991) – II/35
This classic mechanical action instrument is ideally positioned at the front of the church, where it is easy to have an adjacent piano. The current building was erected in 1991, with the organ included in the design from the beginning. There is a good acoustic, and the organ is voiced to support enthusiastic hymn singing, as well as including some unusual stops and delicate effects.