The Miller-Scott Organ
Below you'll find information regarding continuing work on the Miller-Scott Organ, the decomissioning of the Arents Memorial Organ, and a brief description of our temporary Hauptwerk console. You'll also find a latest news feed which will keep you up to date on the latest content posted to this page.
- January and February 2017 carving update
- Images from the Arents Memorial Organ scrapbook posted
- Time-lapse video: decommissioning the Arents-Memorial organ
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- Pictures of the casting process for the angel figure (reddish color). A box called a "mother mold" was built around the figure and then the silicone rubber was poured in sections allowing a seam to form where it was needed for removal from the model. After all the rubber is cured, cuts are made in certain areas that, combined with the poured seams, allow the rubber to be taken off the model and put back together to form a sealed vessel that the resin can be poured into to create a hard copy (yellowish color) of the figure.
- Pictures of the large pipe shades, which are progressing nicely and are about two-thirds of the way through the finish carving stage. The Colliers are working on the faces of the impost cresting. Here you can see some photos of the cresting portraits of Father John Andrew and William & Irene Miller. In addition, the angel figure is now molded and cast and ready for scanning.
- Carving the St Mark lion on its pipe shade.
The Arents family has graciously allowed us to post images from a scrapbook containing images and documents relating to the Arents Memorial Organ. You can click or tap the image below to see images frm the scrapbook.
During the weeks of June 12 and June 19 the Arents Memorial, the great organ of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue for 60 years, was deconstructed and removed from the church in preparation for the installation of the Miller-Scott Organ. The video below chronicles the process and you can also click or tap here to view a photo gallery of some of the more striking images from the decomissioning.
The Hauptwerk console, built by Ortloff Organ Co of Brookline, Mass., was installed in August 2016. Its initial purpose is to provide temporary organ leadership in the chancel of Saint Thomas Church in the 22-month period between the removal of the Arents Organ and the arrival of the Miller-Scott. At that time, the Hauptwerk console moves to Saint Thomas Choir School to serve as a practice instrument.
Hauptwerk technology reflects a new idea in digital organ thinking. Most digital organs have attempted to simulate a pipe organ through sounds sampled from various instruments. The Hauptwerk model does not try to create its own tonal palette, but instead to recreate specific historic instruments through intensive, specific sampling. Thus, Hauptwerk technology has found widespread application in homes and studios, allowing regular exposure to the timbres and balances of historic organs for practice and study. Dozens of historic organs are available; the 1874/1934 Willis at Salisbury Cathedral is the sample set presently loaded onto the Saint Thomas Hauptwerk.
During this interim period, the principal instrument for hymns and voluntaries remains the Loening-Hancock (Taylor & Boody 1996, expanded in 2016 with a third manual and additional registers).