opus 22: the village pipe organ
Tennessee Pipe Organ builders Richards, Fowkes & Co. created Opus 22 for Village Presbyterian Church. The organ was played for the first time in worship on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, when roughly 5% of the pipes were working. The voicing and tuning process of the 3,800 pipes was completed in August 2017.
The 59-stop organ is the company’s biggest instrument to date. Everything is monumental—a choir division with 17 stops, two 32’ stops in the pedal, and more 8’ and color stops than they have ever done.
With the exception of some modern materials (like epoxy and electricity), our new organ relies on organ building techniques that have been around for centuries. The pipe construction and key action in particular have stood the test of time, and we know they will serve our congregation and community well into the far future.
Village’s pipe organ case has been thoughtfully designed to harmonize with the classical architecture of the Sanctuary. For example, the columns in the case echo the columns throughout the chancel and nave, to bring a unity of design. Richards, Fowkes & Co. tailors its organ cases to fit the stories of the communities to which they are going. Village’s organ case features sunflowers and sheaves of wheat to reflect our Kansas heritage.
Learn more about the Village Pipe Organ in this commemorative booklet. Watch videos about the organ below.
A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE PIPE ORGAN (A ROYAL TOUR)
Principal organist Dr. Elisa Bickers and Rev. Dr. Rodger Nishioka lead kids and kids at heart on “A Young Person’s Guide to The Pipe Organ (A Royal Tour).” This set of variations on “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” was written by Randolph Currie.
inaugural recital: aug. 20, 2017
organ installation timelapse video
Dr. Elisa Bickers