OPUS 15 - Blessed Sacrament Church, New York, NY
(Videos of Opus 15 are underway!)
There's an old expression - "Their loss is our gain." When our Opus 1 organ was pulled out of Trinity Church, it created a special opportunity for two lucky customers. And that's exactly what the good folks of Blessed Sacrament Church in midtown Manhattan siezed!
The church's venerable 1940's Casavant pipe organ in the gallery had fallen into significant disrepair, having been damaged by water leaks and general aging issues.
A decision was made to not pursue further repairs to the instrument, but rather to explore other options. When the opportunity to own one half of the world's most famous digital organ presented itself, the church leadership jumped at the chance. The results of the installation are positively astonishing.
As fantastic as the instrument at Trinity Church sounded, it was always hampered by the narrow and very deep gallery organ chamber, which required much working around, acoustically. Blessed Sacrament has no such issues, with the gallery pipe organ case spanning the entire width of the church and the full height from balcony floor up to the 90' arched ceiling. It provides a perfect screen for the 30 channels of audio which speak as the 'gallery organ', which includes all 6 divisions of the instrument.
Because the desire was expressed to bring the sound of the instrument closer to the sanctuary area, we designed and installed an 18-channel 'chancel organ', which includes stops from the Great, Swell, Choir and Pedal divisions. The Chancel Organ is activated by a single thumb piston, but it is actually a complete second organ with its own independent samples, generator and audio system. In this way, the installation mimics the original Opus 1 installation at Trinity, though only using one console rather than two.
Blessed Sacrament church is a vibrant and busy church community, committed to excellence in music and the arts. Their new Marshall & Ogletree organ will be featured in their outreach programs going forward, under the able direction of Jason Roberts, winner of the
Videos of Opus 15 will be coming soon!