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Presbyterian Church installs new pipe organ

By Staff | Oct 22, 2014

Work began last week at Sistersville Presbyterian Church on the installation of its new pipe organ, built by Schantz Organ Co. of Orrville, Ohio, some 25 miles southwest of Akron. The new instrument replaces the former M. P. Moller console, installed in 1967, and will use parts of it. It also will retain parts of an earlier organ from 1934.

The new Schantz will contain 1,632 individual pipes arranged in 26 ranks across great, swell and pedal divisions. Installation is expected to be completed in time for worship services Sunday, Nov. 9. A dedication service is planned for Sunday, Nov. 16.

Among the unique features of the Schantz instrument are a Zimbelstern stop that produces bell-like tinkling sounds and are commonly found in northern Europe and Germany, according to Bruce Ensinger, the church organist and director of music, who wrote the organ specification. He also noted that the new organ will have a 32-foot pedal stop, as well as the ability to automatically transpose a musical composition into any key. (Photos by Bill Abraham)