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Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue at 91st Street
New York City: Manhattan, New York 10128

Chapel of the Reformed Faith

OHS Database ID 2491.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 2, 2014.


Technical Details

Slider chests. Sliders moved by solenoids. Balanced mechanical key action. Electric stop action.

Two manuals. 3 divisions. 19 stops. 19 registers. 26 ranks. 1200 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 30 notes.

The organ is in a gallery-level case at the rear of the room. Non-traditional style console. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. Flat radiating pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Cavaillé-Coll inspired. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Keith S. Toth. -- Guilbault-Thérien op. 42 (1996) was designed by Keith S. Toth, Minister of Music and Organist of The Brick Presbyterian Church, and organbuilder Guy Thérien. It is modeled after the choir organs (orgues de choeur) built by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. The case is modeled after the residence organ (orgue de salon) that Cavaillé-Coll built for the composer Charles Gounod. The organ was assembled and voiced in the chapel during April/May 1996 by Guy Thérien (deceased 2001) and Alain Guilbault. Lynne Davis Firmin-Didot played the inaugural recitals on October 25-26, 1996. Other artists in the inaugural series were organists K. Bryan Kirk, Keith S. Toth, and Mollie H. Nichols. -- Manuals: C1-A58 Pedals: C1-F30 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • From the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project: The organ in the Chapel of the Reformed Faith was built in 1996 by Guilbault-Thérien of St. Hyacinthe, Québec. Located in the rear gallery, the organ is fully encased and has an attached keydesk. Although the organ has mechanical key action, the stops are electrically controlled and are equipped with a solid state combination action. In August 2012 the voicing of this organ was thoroughly revised by master voicer Jean-Sébastien Dufour of Les Ateliers Guilbault, Bellavance, Carignan in collaboration with Keith S. Tóth. The organ's voicing, originally reflecting voicing techniques of the mid-19th century, is now more reflective of Cavaillé-Coll's later 19th century instruments in the symphonic style. (Database Manager. May 18, 2006)
  • (Database Manager. August 11, 2011)
  • Updated through online information from Keith S. Tóth. -- Due to metal fatigue in some of the larger pipes of the reed stops, the reeds (Trompette 8', Basson-Hautbois 8', and Basson 16') were shipped in June 2012 to the workshop of Les Ateliers Bellavance near St-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The repaired pipes were returned to the organ in August 2012. At that time, Jean-Sébastien Dufour revoiced the entire organ in the style of the French Symphonic tradition. (Database Manager. September 2, 2014)

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Gallery, console and organ case. Photograph by Keith S. Toth via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project 2002-09-09
Console. Photograph by Keith S. Toth via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project 2002-09-09
Organ and case. Photograph from Guilbault-Thérien via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project 1996-09-09
Chapel Interior. Photograph by Steven E. Lawson 2002-09-09

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Stoplist

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  • . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project
            New York, New York
            Brick Presbyterian Church
    
            Guilbault-Thérien   Op. 42   1996   2/26
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            GRAND-ORGUE                 RECIT EXPRESSIF              PEDALE
    
        16' Bourdon           58     8' Cor-de-nuit       58     16' Soubasse    30
         8' Montre            58     8' Viole de gambe    58      8' Violoncelle 30
         8' Flûte harmonique  58     8' Voix céleste C-a3 58      8' Bourdon     30
         8' Salicional        58     4' Flûte octaviante  58     16' Basson      30
         4' Prestant          58     2' Octavin           58
         2' Doublette         58     V  Cornet   f-d3    170
    III-IV  Plein jeu          *     8' Trompette         58
                                     8' Basson-hautbois   58
         *  pipecount not given         Trémolo
    
                        [Received from Jeff Scofield December 26, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.