Organs at FPC
First Presbyterian Church is very fortunate to be the home to three wonderful organs built by Orgues Létourneau Limitée and J. Allen Farmer, Inc. These instruments are heard regularly in a variety of services throughout the liturgical year in both accompanying and solo roles. They are also played regularly in concert settings by artists of national and international stature.
FPC's Létourneau organ
The sanctuary organ was built by Orgues Létourneau Limitée of Saint Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Installation began in September 2000. The organ was first played on Sunday, December 17, 2000.
The organ contains more than 6,800 pipes divided into two instruments: a Chancel Organ of 86 stops and a Gallery Organ of 30 stops. Several divisions are under expression (Swell, Choir, Solo and Gallery Swell) while the remainder of the instrument is unenclosed. Crowning the Chancel Organ is the Tuba Mirabilis, which is under 20 inches of wind pressure. The Gallery Organ has a Trompette-en-chamade placed horizontally at the top of the case below the rose window.
Since 1979, Orgues Létourneau Limitée, based in Quebec, has been building and repairing organs around the world.The entire organ is controlled by a four-manual and pedal console and the Gallery Organ is controlled by a two-manual and pedal console. Both consoles are constructed of red oak, with bone naturals and rosewood sharps. The stopknobs are made of turned rosewood with bone inlays.
In the summer of 2012, a new organ was installed in the Memorial Chapel. The organ, originally built by J. Allen Farmer, Inc. in 1994, was purchased from St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. The organ consists of 13 stops over one manual and a pedal division, along with a zimbelstern. A number of the stops are built across a divided keyboard, which helps provide even more flexibility in service and repertoire playing than other instruments of a comparable size.