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Guilbault-Thérien (Opus 42, 1996)

Location:

Brick Presbyterian Church
1140 Park Avenue at 91st Street
New York City: Manhattan, NY 10128 US
Chapel of the Reformed Faith
Organ ID: 2492

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ is unaltered from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Slider
  • 26 ranks. 1,200 pipes. 3 divisions. 2 manuals. 19 stops. 19 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Slider chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
  • Slider Motors: Solenoids.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 2
  • Divisions: 3
  • Stops: 19
  • Registers: 19
  • Position: Keydesk attached.
  • Manual Compass: 58
  • Pedal Compass: 30
  • Key Action: Balanced tracker.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, not in standard AGO position.
  • Pedalboard Type: Flat radiating pedalboard.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on September 02, 2014:

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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on May 18, 2006:

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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on December 26, 2019.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

Cavaillé-Coll inspired.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

Database Manager on 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

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.
Stoplist from the NYC AGO New York City Organ Project: Open In New Tab
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on December 27, 2019.

Instrument Images:

Gallery, console and organ case: Photograph by Keith S. Toth via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project. Taken on 2002-09-09

Console: Photograph by Keith S. Toth via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project. Taken on 2002-09-09

Organ and case: Photograph from Guilbault-Thérien via the NYC AGO NYC Organ Project. Taken on 1996-09-09

Chapel Interior: Photograph by Steven E. Lawson. Taken on 2002-09-09

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