Organs

Organ music has been an integral element of worship at S. Clement's since it's exception. Played skilfully by Organist and Choirmaster Peter Richard Conte and Bernie Kunkel, the two current organs match the beautiful singing of the choir, and fill an esstial role in the musical and liturgical life of the parish. The two current organs were preceded by an 1854 organ by J. C. B. Standbridge of Philadelphia which was originally designed for the Harmonia Sacred Music Society, and  was relocated to Saint Clement's when the society was disbanded, as well as Hilborne L. Roosevelt's opus 125, built in 1883, a smaller instrument which incorporated some of the Standbridge pipework.

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In 1914, the Austin Organ Company was contracted to build a new organ for the church, in consultation with Mr. Henry Fry, organist of Saint Clement's. This instrument, Austin's opus 507, was installed at a cost of $11,900, incorporating much of the Roosevelt, and, therefore, some original Standbridge pipework. Mr. Fry's contractual requirements included 'Swell boxes of double construction, 3 1/2 inches thick', rendering a more effective crescendo/diminuendo of the enclosed pipe voices. Mr. Fry performed the first recital on 16 December 1914.

In 1948, a new Austin console was installed, and some tonal changes were made; additional tonal 'modernizations' occurred in the 1960's. With the exception of a few new voices, the instrument is now restored to its original 1914 specification, using vintage Austin pipework wherever possible. Several orchestral voices, including a French Horn (E.M. Skinner) have been added to the specification.

A comprehensive restoration project, completed in 1997, involved several fine craftsmen: Samuel H. Hughes (reed voices restoration), Steven Emery (mechanical restoration and tuning), Robert Wuestoff/Fritzsche Organ Co. (chamber and pipe cleaning), Bynum Petty (Choir Organ pipework revoicing) and Bob Schopp (Façade refinishing and Trumpets En Chamade).

The restoration was capped off with the installation of a new console built by Roger Colby, of Johnson City, TN. Saint Clement's gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Suzie Williamson, who underwrote the cost of this restoration.

The Rector, Fr. Richard Alton, plays the organ during a Caroling event Winter 2016

The Gordon Reid Memorial Organ

The M. P. Möller company of Hagerstown, Maryland built opus 6136 for the now-defunct Church of St. Paul the Apostle, a mission church of Old St. Paul’s Church Baltimore. The tonal designer of this organ was Richard O. Whitelegg, who came to the Möller Organ Company in 1931 from the noted British firm Henry Willis and Sons Ltd. His voicing can be heard at Liverpool and Westminster Cathedrals.

Sadly, all but a few Whitelegg-era Möller organs have disappeared or are no longer intact. Opus 6136 was built in 1933, and represents the very high quality of artistry that marked Mr. Whitelegg's tenure. Saint Clement's is extremely fortunate to have this elegant organ, and gratefully acknowledges the generous gift from the Wyncote Foundation as recommended by Frederick R. Haas that has made the installation and restoration possible.  We also are grateful for the considerable efforts of Messrs. Bard Wickkiser and Rick Tomlinson, both of Baltimore, who were able to secure this historic instrument from certain demolition.

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Austin Organ Specifications (click to expand)

Austin Organ Co., Hartford, CT, Opus 507, 1914
Four Manuals, 51 Ranks

GREAT (61 notes)
Double Diapason 16
First Diapason 8
Second Diapason 8
Harmonic Flute 8
Violincello* 8
Cello Celeste* (cc)
Octave 4
Fifteenth 2
Mixture* (4 rks.)
French Horn* 8
Trumpet* 8
Trumpet En Chamade
* enclosed in Choir Box

CHOIR (enclosed, 73 notes)
Double Dulciana 16
Geigen Diapason 8
Concert Flute 8
Violin 8
Dulciana 8
Dulcets (2 rks.)
Forest Flute 4
Gambette 4
Clarinet 8
English Horn 8
English Horn Tremolo
Tremolo
Harp 8
Trumpet En Chamade

SOLO (enclosed, 73 notes)
Grand Diapason 8
Major Flute 8
Grand Gamba 8
Gamba Celeste (cc)
Orchestral Oboe 8
Tremolo
Trumpet En Chamade

SWELL (enclosed, 73 notes)
Bourdon 16
Open Diapason 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Melodia 8
Bois Celeste (tc)
Viola 8
Viola Celeste (cc) 8
Orchestral Celeste 8 (2 rks.)
Octave 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Flautino 2
Mixture (3 rks.)
Double Oboe 16
Cornopean 8
Oboe 8
Vox Humana 8
Oboe Clarion 4
Trumpet En Chamade
Tremolo

PEDAL (32 notes)
Contra Violone 32
Contra Bourdon 32
First Diapason 16
Second Diapason 16
Metal Diapason 16 (Gt.)
First Violone 16
Second Violone 16
Bourdon 16
Soft Bourdon 16 (Sw.)
Dulciana 16 (Ch.)
Octave 8 (ext.)
Geigen Diapason 8
Flute 8
Soft Flute 8 (Sw.)
Viola 8 (Sw.)
Octave Flute 4 (Gt.)
Ophecleide 32
Trombone 16 (So.)
Double Oboe 16 (Sw.)
Tuba 8 (So.)
Oboe 8 (Sw.)
Trumpet En Chamade

ECHO ORGAN

(WALKER ELECTRONIC VOICES, IN GALLERY)
(ECHO MAY BE PLAYED ON ANY MANUAL)

Diapason 8'
Muted Violes 8'
Orchestral Flute 8'
Traverse Flute 4'
Capped Oboe 8'
Vox Humana 8'
Tremolo
Chimes

Echo Pedal Violone 16'
Echo to Pedal

MAIN CONSOLE ACCESSORIES
Full Complement of standard couplers
Pedal Divide
Pedal to Great
Great/Choir transfer
160 level combination action
20 General Pistons (1-10 Duplicated in Toe Studs)
7 Divisional Pistons to all Divisions
2 Divisional Toe Studs to Swell, Great and Solo
3 Pedal Divisional Toe Studs
Manual to Pedal Divisional Pistons Coupler, for each Division
Piston Sequencer, with full complement of 'NEXT' and 'PREVIOUS' pistons
Expression 'thumb slides' under each manual
2 adjustable Crescendo sequences
Settable Tutti (for each memory level)
Roland Sequencer (for Record/Playback)
Transposer


Möller Organ Specifications (click to expand)

M. P. Möller Organ Co., Hagerstown, MD, Opus 6136, 1933
Two Manuals, 15 Ranks

GREAT (enclosed, 73 notes)
Open Diapason 8
Clarabella 8
Concert Flute 8
Dulciana 8
Octave 4
Flute Harmonic 4 (ext.)
Fifteenth 2
Mixture (3 rks.)
Cornopean 8
Tremolo
Chimes

SWELL (enclosed, 73 notes)
Bourdon 16
Geigen Principal 8
Stopped Diapason 8 (ext.)
Salicional 8
Voix Celeste (tc)
Orchestral Flute 4 (ext.)
Salicet 4 (ext.)
Flute Twelfth (ext.)
Piccolo 2 (ext.)
Oboe 8
Vox Humana 8
Tremolo

PEDAL (32 notes)
Diapason 16 (Gt.)
Bourdon 16
Lieblich Gedeckt 16 (Sw.)
Flute Major 8 (ext.)
Dolce Flute 8 (Sw.)