16 Cross Street
Chatham, Massachusetts 02633
Noack Organ Company, Georgetown, Massachusetts, Opus 154, 2011
Two manuals and pedal
Mechanical Key Action
8' Chimney Flute
2 2/3' Twelfth
1 3/5' Seventeenth
1 1/3' Mixture IV
16' Stopt Bass
8' Open Bass
First United Methodist Church organist Jeanne Kuzirian sits at the new pipe organ that was recently installed. The organ took 14 months to build and another month to install, ad will be dedicated with a concert Sunday.
In 2010 the chancel area of the sanctuary was rebuilt in anticipation of installing a new pipe organ in 2011.
Concert Organist Joan Lippincott will perform the Dedicatory Recital on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 3 p.m.
The Noack organ was featured in The Cape Cod Times...Chatham church's new organ is a gift from an 'angel' on July 6, 2011
By DUSTIN SHANE HALL
July 16, 2011
CHATHAM — In the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church on Cross Street, the gold pipes of the church's massive new organ shoot up nearly 30 feet from the floor.
The custom-built organ was a gift from a church parishioner. It will be officially dedicated at a concert at 3 p.m. Sunday featuring organist and recording artist Joan Lippincott.
Church organist Jeanne Kuzirian said she was overwhelmed the first time she saw the instrument at the church in April.
"You come in at the top level and you're looking down at it, and you're just speechless," said Kuzirian, who has been the church's organist for the past 11 years. "My husband was with me, and he thought, 'Is she having a stroke or what?' But look at it."
About five years ago, the parishioner, who Kuzirian said did not want to be identified, offered to donate a new instrument after noticing problems with the church's old electronic organ.
"It was at the point where it had been here over 25 years, and there are parts of it that start to fail," Kuzirian said.
"Think about your computer 25 years from now. This was a digital organ with computers inside of it. It never completely stopped, but there were times that some notes wouldn't sound."
After many meetings with builders, church officials made the decision to have a new wind-driven pipe organ constructed. With input from the donor, the job was given to the Noack Organ Co. of Georgetown. Construction began in January 2010 and church members made monthly visits to Georgetown to check on its progress.
After more than a year of construction, the organ was completed this March. It was dismantled and moved from Georgetown to Chatham in April. Members of the construction crew relocated to Chatham for nearly a month while the organ was being reassembled at the church.
"It was a very pleasant cooperation between the people of the church and ourselves and the way it came about — that an angel came down and said, 'OK, you guys need a new organ,'" company founder Fritz Noack said.
Noack was born in Germany and started his company in Lawrence in 1960. The Chatham organ is the 154th instrument the company has built, which is why it has been dubbed Noack Opus 154.
The company's organs are priced according to the number of stops (or voices), he said. The Chatham organ has 19 stops, and the company charges between $20,000 and $30,000 per stop, depending on the size and complexity of the instrument, Noack said.
As Kuzirian played a piece by Bach at the church this week, the pipes filled the sanctuary with a clean, natural sound that was difficult to mistake for a digital instrument.
"We like to think of this instrument as a living thing," Kuzirian said. "Because of the air going through the pipes, you can hear the phrasing, and hear what is happening with the instrument, and you're able to put some of your own expression into it. Whereas with an electronic keyboard, you touch it and the sound happens, and that's it."
For the Rev. Nancy Bischoff, who took over as the church's pastor earlier this month, the presence of the new organ was a welcome surprise. She said that the donor's generosity was appreciated by the congregation.
"It's a huge gift, and it's a very humbling gift for a congregation to receive," Bischoff said. "It's an act of grace to receive a gift like that, and the congregation has been very gracious in receiving that gift with the spirit in which it was intended, which is to glorify God. The gift was given to the glory of God, not to this church."
E. & G.G. Hook & Hastings, Boston, Massachusetts, Opus 1748, 1897
Two manuals and pedal
Slider chests, Mechanical Key Action
17 stops, 14 ranks
This organ no longer exists. It was destroyed.
E. & G.G. Hook, Boston, Massachusetts, Opus 359, 1865
One manual and pedal
Mechanical Key and Stop Action
2 divisions, 10 ranks, 13 stops
This organ was moved by the builder in 1897 to the First Congregational Church, Tynesboro, Massachusetts.
The organ was then moved to the Baptist Church, Haverhill, Massachusetts. In 1977, there was a fire in the church
resulting in water to the organ. It was moved to the Andover Organ Company, Methuen, Massachusetts, where it was
restored and sold in 1966 for $65,000.
Source: Organ Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia
Noack Organ Company
Cape Cod Times
Organs of the United States and Canada Database
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