Monday, May 11, 2009

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; Gainesville, Florida

Visser - Rowland & Associates; 1994

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In May of 2009, we were honored to enter into a collaboration with John Pritchard Organbuilder to begin a phased tonal redesign and revoicing of the Visser - Rowland organ at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Florida.

This instrument was installed in 1994 after a devastating fire destroyed the sanctuary. This organ is very much in the Dutch tradition of most Visser - Rowland instruments.

Through working with organist/choirmaster John Lowe, he and Mr Pritchard devised the first steps in making this instrument more easily meet the Anglican traditions of the music ministry at Holy Trinity.

We were brought to Gainesville to participate in the voicing, tonal finishing, and to provide further insight for future steps in this phased process. Among the first items addressed was the substitution of the Hoofdwerk (Great) 2' Woudfluit (Waldflute) with the Zwelwerk (Swell) 2' Octaff (Octave). The Rugwerk (Positiv) 8' Kromhoorn (Krumhorn) was also significantly softened to serve as a more useful solo stop. The Zwelwerk V Sherp (Scharf) was regulated, tuned, and had some of the highest pitched ranks muted to better blend with the Zwelwerk Chorus and reeds.

It is an honor to assist Holy Trinity in the care and enhancement of this fine pipe organ.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church - Gainesville, Florida
Visser - Rowland & Associates organ, 1994

Hoofdwek (Great) Organ
16' Bourdon (1-17 ped)
8' Praestant (facade)
8' Roerfluit
4' Octaaf
4' Nachthoorn
2-2/3' Kwint
2' Octaaf
II Sesquialter
V Mixtuur
8' Trompet

Rugwerk (Positiv) Organ
8' Praestant (facade)
8' Gedekt
4' Octaaf
4' Spitsfluit
2-2/3' Nasard
2' Superoctaaf
1-3/5' Terts
III Kleinmixtuur
8' Kromhoorn
Tremulant (manuals)

Zwelwerk (Swell) Organ
8' Gemshorn
8' Holpijp
8' Salicionaal
8' Celeste (gems)
4' Praestant
4' Koppelfluit
2' Woudfluit
V Scherp
16' Fagot
8' Trompette
4' Klaroen
Tremulant (manuals)

Pedaal Organ
32' Subbas (ext Ged)
16' Praestant (wood)
16' Gedektbas
8' Ockaafbas
8' Gedekt (ext)
4' Koraalbas
IV Mixtuur
16' Bazuin (wood)
8' Trompet
4' Schalmei