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Rebuilding the Organ

Background | Timeline | Tonal Specifications

South Balcony Work: January 2015
This month the pipe organ project moves into its next phase, with work beginning in the South Balcony. In order to make it easier for the sound from the pipes in the southwest chamber to be heard, some of the west wall of the South Balcony will be opened to the chamber behind.

This work will involve erecting scaffolding in the balcony this week, where it will remain until late March. A portion of the lower six panels of the ceiling will be removed and the wall behind them opened up in a way that maintains the architectural integrity of the space.

That opening will then be covered with a replica of the panels that will allow sound to pass through.

Architectural preservationists will oversee the removal of the original pieces. The desire is to then display that artwork somewhere on our campus—as we have done with the stained glass from the former Blair Chapel—thereby affording a “ground level” view of these panels.

Because Fourth Church’s 1971 Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Opus 1516, had been deteriorating for some time, in January 2012 the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, one of this church’s longest standing and most generous benefactors and very generous supporter of the arts in Chicago, offered a $1 million matching grant as a springboard to financing a $3 million organ project.

Thanks to widespread support from so many, including a generous gift from Edie and Ed Andrew, we successfully reached the $3 million goal by the end of September 2012 and initial work began on the organ rebuilding project.

In recognition of the Andrews’ longtime support of Fourth Church music programs—including not only their gift to the organ but also their launching and endowing Tower Brass as an ensemble of Fourth Church—the rebuilt organ will be named the Edith G. and Edward J. Andrew Pipe Organ.

The Boards of Fourth Church subsequently approved our beginning to move forward with the rebuilding project. At the recommendation of the Organ Task Force, which visited and studied pipe organs around the country and considered multiple builders, a contract was signed with Quimby Pipe Organs to handle the rebuild.

In addition, U.S. Equities was engaged to provide project management. U. S. Equities is a long-time Fourth Church partner, having most recently served as project manager for planning and construction of the Gratz Center. The U. S. Equities team is overseeing scheduling, sequencing, site preparation, and the various subcontractors (architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical) necessary to complete the work.

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In late 2012, the design and preparation phase—which includes purchasing material, aging wood, and constructing components such as wind chests, pipes, and the console—began.

In August 2014, the current organ was removed and an electronic organ was placed in the organ loft for use through late 2015, at which time the newly rebuilt organ will be installed and ready for use.

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Tonal Specifications of the Rebuilt Organ

Action: Electro-pneumatic
Ranks: 142 Total Ranks and 2 Percussions (Chimes and Harp/Celesta)

*ranks retained from Aeolian-Skinner Opus 1516
+ranks retained from E. M. Skinner Opus 210
++ranks retained from E. M. Skinner Opus 210A

Great Organ
Manual II, 30 Ranks, Flues 8" w.p. and Reeds 12" w.p.

Contra Violone* 32' — ext (1–3 Walker Digital)
Double Open Diapason 16'
Violone 16' — ext
First Diapason 8'
Second Diapason 8'
Third Diapason 8'
Violoncello 8'
Harmonic Flute* 8'
Bourdon 8'
Quint 5-1/3'
Octave 4'
Principal 4'
Wald Flute 4'
Twelfth 2-2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Seventeenth* 1-3/5'
Cornet TC V Ranks* 8'
Mixture IV–V* 1-1/3'
Sharp Mixture III–IV* 1'
Contra Trumpet 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'
Tuba Major 8' (Orch)
Trompette Heroique 8' (Antiphon)
French Horn 8' (Orch)
Great to Great 16'
Great Unison Off
Great to Great 4'
Fanfare on Great 8'
Fanfare on Great 4'
Positiv on Great

Swell Organ
Manual III, 24 Ranks, Flues 8" w.p. and Reeds 12" w.p.
Spitz Flute 16'
Diapason 8'
Chimney Flute 8'
Viole 8'
Viole Celeste 8'
Spitz Flute 8' — ext
Spitz Flute Celeste 8'
Octave 4'
Night Horn 4'
Nazard 2-2/3'
Flageolet 2'
Tierce 1-3/5'
Plein Jeu IV* 2'
Mixture III–IV* 1'
Contre Trompette 16'
Trompette 8'
Oboe* 8'
Vox Humana+ 8'
Clarion 4'
Tuba Major 8' (Orch)
Trompette Heroique 8' (Antiphon)
Swell to Swell 16'
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4'
Fanfare on Swell

Choir Organ
Manual I, 17 Ranks, 8" w.p.

Kleiner Erzähler 16' — ext
Diapason 8'
Flauto Traverso 8'
Kleiner Erzähler+ 8'
Erzähler Celeste TC+ 8'
Octave 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Harmonic Piccolo 2'
Mixture IV–V 1-1/3'
Cymbal II–III 2/3'
Fagotto+ 16'
Corno Di Bassetto+ 8'
Fagotto 8' — ext
Carillon (Walker Digital)
Harp (Walker Digital)
Celesta (Walker Digital)
Tuba Major 8' (Orch)
Trompette Heroique 8' (Antiphon)
Choir to Choir 16'
Choir Unison Off
Choir to Choir 4'
Fanfare on Choir
Positiv on Choir

Orchestral Organ
Manual IV, 15 Ranks, Flues and Reeds 10" and Tuba 30"w.p,
Doppel Flute 8'
Gross Gamba 8'
Gross Gamba Celeste 8'
Viole D’ Orchestre 8'
Voix Celeste 8'
Orchestral Flute 4'
Violin 4'
Cornet de Violes III-V 2-2/3'
Tuba Major 8'
French Horn+ 8'
English Horn 8'
Orch. to Orch. 16'
Orch. Unison Off
Orch. to Orch. 4'
Trompette Heroique 8' (Antiphon)
Fanfare on Orchestral
Positiv on Orchestral

Fanfare Organ
Floating, 15 Ranks, Flues 6" w.p., Reeds 10" w.p.

Stentor Diapason 8'
Octave 4'
Twelfth 2-2/3'
Fifteenth 2'
Seventeenth 1-3/5'
Flat Twenty First 1-1/7'
Mixture VI 2-2/3'
Bombarde 16'
Harmonic Trumpet 8'
Harmonic Clarion 4'
Fanfare Unison off

Positiv Organ
Floating, 13 Ranks, 3-1/2" w.p. North Transept Case

Quintaton 16'
English Diapason* 8'
Stopped Diapason* 8'
Octave* 4'
Koppel Flute* 4'
Rohr Nazard* 2-2/3'
Fifteenth* 2'
Spire Flute* 2'
Tierce++ 1-3/5'
Nineteenth* 1-1/3'
Fife* 1'
Cromorne 8'
Schalmei 4'
Bird Whistle
Positiv Unison Off

Antiphonal Organ
Manual V, 13 Ranks, 5" w.p., Trompette Heroique 20" w.p.
Diapason* 8'
Stopped Wood Flute 8'
Octave* 4'
Twelfth* 2-2/3'
Fifteenth* 2'
Mixture IV–V++ 2'
Trumpet* 8'
Clarion* 4'
Antiph to Antiph 16'
Antiphonal Unison Off
Antiph to Antiph 4'
Tuba Major 8' (Orch)
Trompette Heroique TC 16' — ext
Trompette Heroique* 8'
Trompette Heroique 4' — ext
Fanfare on Antiphonal
Harp (Walker Digital)

Pedal Organ
11 Ranks, Flues 8" w.p. and Reed 20" w.p.
Gravissima 64' (Walker Digital)
Double Open Diapason 32' (Walker Digital)
Contra Violone 32' (Great)
Wood Open Diapason 16' — ext
Metal Open Diapason* 16'
Violone 16' (Great)
Bourdon* 16'
Spitz Flute 16' (Swell)
Kleiner Erzähler 16' (Choir)
Quint 10-2/3' — ext
Octave 8' — ext
Violone 8' (Great)
Bourdon 8' — ext
Spitz Flute 8' (Swell)
Kleiner Erzähler 8' (Choir)
Gross Tierce 6-2/5'
Quint 5-1/3'
Super Octave 4'
Night Horn 4'
Tierce 3-1/5' — ext
Mixture IV 2-2/3'
Contra Trombone 32'
Trombone 16' — ext
Bombarde 16' (Fanfare)
Contra Trumpet 16' (Great)
Contre Trompette 16' (Swell)
English Horn 16’ (Orch)
Contra Fagotto 16' (Choir)
Trombone 8' — ext
Trumpet 8' (Great)
Trompette 8' (Swell)
Fagotto 8' (Choir)
Trombone Clarion 4' — ext
Corno Di Bassetto 4' (Choir)
Fagotto 4' (Choir)
Trompette Heroique 8' (Antiphon)
Fanfare on Pedal

Antiphonal Pedal
4 Ranks 5" w.p.
Contra Bourdon 32' Walker Digital
Contra Bass* 16'
Bourdon 16'
Octave* 8'
Super Octave* 4'
Contra Trumpet 16'

Positiv Pedal
Stopped Diapason 16' (Positiv)
Stopped Diapason 8' (Positiv)

Great to Pedal 8–4'
Swell to Pedal 8–4'
Choir to Pedal 8–4'
Orchestral to Pedal 8'
Orchestral to Pedal 4'
Positiv to Pedal 8'
Antiphonal to Pedal 8–4'
Swell to Great 16–8–4'
Choir to Great 16–8–4'
Orchestral to Great 16–8–4'
Positiv to Great 8'
Antiphonal to Great 16–8–4'
Orchestral to Swell 8–4'
Great to Choir 8'
Swell to Choir 16–8–4'
Orchestral to Choir 16–8–4'
Antiphonal to Choir 8'
Pedal to Choir 8'
All Swells to Swell
Manual Transfer

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Organ Staff

John W. W. Sherer
Organist and Director of Music

Thomas Gouwens
Associate Organist

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For more information about the organ at Fourth Presbyterian Church, contact John Sherer, Organist and Director of Music (312.981.3592).