St. Joan of Arc Church recently renovated their 1980s era church building to align with current ecclesiastical ideals. Part of this renovation included a new pipe organ, a long-held dream of the parish. A crucial step toward this goal was the purchase the pipework of Möller’s Opus 10357, which provided a fine foundation on which to build a new instrument.
Traditional yet Modern
To coincide with renovations to the sanctuary which included improvements to the acoustic, two beautiful, mirror-image cases were constructed of cherry by Muller’s woodworking team using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. The overall design has a traditional feel, while the impost and tower crown moldings are more contemporary in appearance to complement the church’s architecture. The gold-lacquered façade pipes feature polished Romanesque mouths to enhance the beauty of the room.
The two cases were filled with a custom designed two-manual, 16-rank organ by Muller Pipe Organ. The organ is designed for flexibility and color, using both pipework from the Möller organ, and other vintage pipework. All pipework was carefully restored and appropriately voiced for use in the new scheme.
A Good Fit
The organ layout is very compact yet fully accessible for tuning and maintenance. Pipes are placed at impost height to maximize tonal egress and maintain a consistent temperature for tuning stability. The low-profile drawknob console allows for ease of play and good sight line to the choir and was constructed of cherry by our artisans. The console and the casework are finished with a clear lacquer to allow the wood to achieve the same rich patina as the existing furnishings.
It is through the work and gifts of many that any new organ exists. Certainly, this new organ now stands proudly as a as a musical legacy to enhance worship at St. Joan of Arc Parish for many generations to enjoy.