Birthplace: Christian Science Church, Dayton Ohio, U.S.A. An Estey Organ was installed shortly after the church’s completion in December, 1923. This organ was replaced by a 42-rank, three-manual McManis organ in 1955. McManis Inc. was located in Kansas City, Kansas. While some of the original chest and pipework was retained, McManis installed four new large Pitman Chests and added several new ranks of pipes. The organ is distinctly ‘American Classic’ in design, producing a sound that is clear, excelling in the performance of music from the Baroque era, yet able to execute more modern styles: French-inspired reeds, three pairs of celesting ranks, and three complete choruses, and two expressive divisions add great flexibility in sound.

Adopted Home: Forest Grove United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Toronto, the organ was removed, transported and installed in a joint venture between Don Pole of ‘Pole and Kingham Pipe Organs’, assisted by Joel VanderZee and Rich Hrytzak of ‘VanderZee Organs’. The pneumatic mechanism in the console was removed, replaced by an electronic Peterson control system. Also installed was MIDI capability (used on the ‘harp’ section of Track 8). Windchests and pipework were preserved, with significant alteration needed to accommodate the new location. With no space for the two rank Echo division, however, it was left behind in Ohio. A trumpet was added to the Great division. Some voicing to tame bright upperwork was necessary. The voicing is otherwise untouched. The organ, moved and installed in 2012/13, was completed April, 2014.

This recording, completed in the summer of 2014, commemorates the new instrument. It honours Forest Grove United Church who, as a music-loving community, generously donated and fundraised the money to purchase and install this McManis organ.  The inaugural concert was held October 19, 2014. Below are 3 full length tracks.

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Birthplace: Christian Science Church, Dayton Ohio, U.S.A. An Estey Organ was installed shortly after the church’s completion in December, 1923. This organ was replaced by a 42-rank, three-manual McManis organ in 1955. McManis Inc. was located in Kansas City, Kansas. While some of the original chest and pipework was retained, McManis installed four new large Pitman Chests and added several new ranks of pipes. The organ is distinctly ‘American Classic’ in design, producing a sound that is clear, excelling in the performance of music from the Baroque era, yet able to execute more modern styles: French-inspired reeds, three pairs of celesting ranks, and three complete choruses, and two expressive divisions add great flexibility in sound.

Adopted Home: Forest Grove United Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In Toronto, the organ was removed, transported and installed in a joint venture between Don Pole of ‘Pole and Kingham Pipe Organs’, assisted by Joel VanderZee and Rich Hrytzak of ‘VanderZee Organs’. The pneumatic mechanism in the console was removed, replaced by an electronic Peterson control system. Also installed was MIDI capability (used on the ‘harp’ section of Track 8). Windchests and pipework were preserved, with significant alteration needed to accommodate the new location. With no space for the two rank Echo division, however, it was left behind in Ohio. A trumpet was added to the Great division. Some voicing to tame bright upperwork was necessary. The voicing is otherwise untouched. The organ, moved and installed in 2012/13, was completed April, 2014.

This recording, completed in the summer of 2014, commemorates the new instrument. It honours Forest Grove United Church who, as a music-loving community, generously donated and fundraised the money to purchase and install this McManis organ.  The inaugural concert was held October 19, 2014.

SPECIFICATION- There are 4 Divisions, totaling 2281 pipes.

Great: 8 Voices, 11 Ranks, 647 Pipes (unenclosed)
16’     Gemshorn   
8’    Principal
8’    Rohrflute
4’    Octave
4’    Harmonic flute
2’    Fifteenth
1 1/3    Mixture
8    Trompette **
    Chimes  
**added by Pole and Kingham, 2013     

Swell: 11 Voices, 13 Ranks, 805 Pipes
8’    Geigen
8’    Stillflute
8’    Flute Celeste TC  
8’    Salicional  
8’    Vox Celeste 
4’    Principal
4’    Rohrquintadena
2’    Flageolet
2/3    Mixture
16’    Bassoon
8’    Trompette  
8’    Oboe   
4’    Clarion 
    Tremulant

Choir: 9 Voices, 9 Ranks, 537 Pipes
8’    Gedeckt
8’    Gemshorn
8’    Gemshorn Celeste 
4’    Spitzflute
2 2/3    Nazard
2’    Blockflute
1 3/5    Tierce
8’    Clarinet
8’    Vox Humana
8’    Trumpet (ped)
    Tremulant
    
Pedal: 6 Voices, 8 Ranks, 292 Pipes
16’    Subbass     
16’    Gemshorn 
16’    Lieblich Gedeckt
10 2/3    Quintbass
8’    Principal  
8’    Gedeckt  
8’    Gemshorn 
4’    Principal  
1 1/3    Mixture 
16’    Posaune    
16’    Contrafagotto 
8’    Trumpet 
4’    Clarion 

Couplers 

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