Our Organ

St. John’s is home to a tracker pipe organ built by A.B Felgemaker (Erie, Pennsylvania) opus 951, built in approximately 1910 (the same year as our Historic Chapel) and restored in 1990 by Frans W.M. Bosman & Associates (Mid-Columbia Pipe Organ Works). The organ was installed in September 2007.

The Organ was funded entirely by Memorials in memory of Carol Krengel by extended Krengel Family.

Our pipe organ is a tracker organ.

You might ask, “What does that mean? What’s the difference?” The difference in a word is electricity. Pipe organs existed before electricity was used to power things. During the time of J.S.Bach, before him and after, electricity was not part of a pipe organ. Wind came from people pumping the bellows and everything that worked on the organ, keys, pipes and the changing of sounds or stops all happened mechanically; there is a great deal of craftsmanship involved in the making of the instrument. Some of the slim pieces of wood that connect the keyboard to the pipes were called trackers, hence the name. Our organ is one of these. Later, electricity was used to power the air (when it was refurbished in 1990, a newer electric air supply was added to provide wind to our instrument) and then, to allow the console to be placed even further from the pipes, electricity was used to connect to the pipes to the keyboard. Most pipe organs are now built this way and could be called an electric pipe organ. Most recently, pipes were also eliminated from the instrument and replaced with speakers, making the placement of the instrument easier and the whole thing cheaper! These could be called an electronic organ.

Organ disposition

Great:

8′ Open Diapason (front)
8′ Melodia
8′ Dulciana
4′ Octave
2′ Superoctave
Swell to Great

Swell:

8′ Violin Diapason
8′ Stopped Diapason
4′ Harmonic Flute
8′ Oboe Gamba Tremolo

Pedal:

16′ Bourdon
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Height at the center: 15’4″
Height on the sides: 13’8″
Width: 11’2″
Depth: 6’2″

Praise the Lord with the sound of pipes!