Palm's Pipe Organ

The pipe organ at Palm was originally built and installed on the rear gallery of the sanctuary in 1967 by the M P. Moller Organ Co. of Hagerstown, Md. The organ was part of the original building project when the new sanctuary was built. Due to the costs of the new sanctuary, the two manual 18 rank organ was small for the room size but served adequately due to the outstanding acoustics of the new space.

By 1994 the organ needed minor routine maintenance. The sanctuary was now paid for and it was determined that it was now time to look at enlarging the organ to reflect the needs of the congregation, the choirs, soloists and instrumentalists. We felt we needed an instrument to support Lutheran liturgy and hymnody as well as having the capacity for the organist to play music of the baroque, romantic and contemporary periods. 

Several pipe organ firms were interviewed. A contract was awarded to Robert Benton of Norristown, Pa. Mr. Benton’s proposal enabled us to convert the existing two manual console into a three manual console. Several ranks of pipes were replaced or revoiced to enhance the existing tonal scheme. He also proposed a number of digital stops by Walker Technology be added to the organ so that the magnificent façade would need only minor changes. When the work was finished, the organ more than doubled in size to a 37 rank instrument. 

The organ was dedicated during a Hymn Festival on November 13, 1994 that featured the choirs from the community churches of Palmyra. Unique features of the organ include a state trumpet mounted vertically alongside the large gallery stained glass window. This was the first vertical trumpet ever built by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford CT. The organ also includes two 32 foot bourdon and bombard pedal stops as well as a harp and Zimbelstern. These features enable the organist to move from delicate and meditative sounds to a majestic crescendo that gloriously supports our full brass choir and tympani.

- Steven Inners

Great
Gemshorn 16' *
Principal 8'
Rohrflute 8'
Octave 4'
Blockflote 2'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture II-IV
Clarinet 8' *
Chimes
Great to Great 16-4
Great to Unison Off
Swell I to Great 16-8-4
Swell II to Great 16-8-4
Choir to Great 16-8-4

Choir
Diapason 8' *
Bourdon 8' *
Flauto Dolce Celeste II *
Octave 4' *
Nachthorn 4' *
Nazard 2 2/3' *
Italian Prinicpal 2' *
English Horn 8' *
State Trumpet 8'
Harp *
Zimbelstern
Tremolo
Choir to Choir 16-4
Choir Unison Off
Swell I to Choir 16-8-4
Swell II to Choir 16-8-4

Swell I
Trompette 8'
Regal 4'
Principal 2'
Nazat 1 1/3'
Tremolo
Swell I Unison Off
Swell to Swell 16-4

Swell II
Gedeckt 8'
Viola 8'
Celeste 8'
Koppellflote 4'
Cymbale III *
Tremolo
Swell II Unison Off
Swell to Swell 16-4

Pedal
Bourdon 32' *
Violone 16' *
Bourdon 16'
Gedeckt 16'
Octave 8'
Gedeckt 8'
Bombard 32' *
Trompette 16'
Trumpet 8'
Clarion 4'
Great to Pedal 8-4
Swell I to Pedal 8-4
Swell II to Pedal 8-4
Choir to Pedal 8-4

 

* Electronic

The first vertical state trumpet ever built by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford Connecticut.