St. Andrew's RC Church / Pentecostal Miracle Deliverance Center Church
923 Portland Avenue
Rochester, New York 14621
Console in Choir loft. Pipes hidden behind facade in choir loft i
OHS Database ID 64388.
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Status and Condition
The state of this organ is unknown to the database, being undocumented or unreported.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 23, 2019.
Slider chests. Electric stop action.
Two manuals. 34 stops.
The organ is in gallery-level chambers at the rear of the room.
Traditional style console.
The console is in a fixed position, center.
Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement.
Adjustable combination pistons.
AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.
Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston.
Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud.
Combination action thumb pistons.
Combination action toe studs.
- This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ.
Identified by Ian Scheil, who has heard or played the organ.
The Tellers-Kent organ at St. Andrew's Church was installed around 1933 in a new church building (cornerstone of church is 1928, but construction was not yet complete then). The organ has remained in use since then at weekly services, however was not maintained as well as it could have been. I personally played this instrument every single day as my mother worked at the church. I'd take the bus to the church after school each day and play for a few hours. I ended up being one of the only people to maintain the instrument at the time, having had the opportunity to explore and learn the pipe chambers and mechanisms first hand. The instrument has a very unique sound unlike any other I have ever heard. There is a recording in which the organ can be heard during a concert at St. Andrew's with the Eastman Chamber Orchestra where the lack of upkeep can be heard, but so can the actual power and unique quality of this instrument. The tremulants were very similar in sound to a theatre organ. I have much more information to add and a photograph of the console following the addition of this entry. (Database Manager. May 1, 2019)
- Updated by Ian Scheil, who has heard or played the organ.
All pipes are hidden behind a facade. There are two freestanding pipe chambers that are built about four feet off ground level. Underneath the chambers are the tremulant chests. There are a few ranks of exposed pipes outside of the chambers such as an open diapason 8' rank as well as open bass pedal ranks. The highest pipe ranks are 16' pipes, many wooden exposed pipes. For clarification when stating "exposed" in this it is referencing their position outside of the chamber, however all pipes are hidden behind a white wooden facade that displays no pipes. The console contains a broken wooden panel on one side and has a unique curvature. It is not enough to classify as a typical horseshoe pattern, and is more or less traditional style with the exception of these curved side panels. All stops are located above the swell manual. Organ contains a Swell and Great manual. I will be gathering more information shortly for the database on this instrument. (Thurlow Weed. May 23, 2019)
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|Console. Photograph by Ian Scheil (2015)
|Church interior, choir loft and pipe chambers behind curtains.. Photograph by Ian Scheil (2013)
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