The reconfiguration of the Sanctuary choir loft at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church reached an important milestone this week. The new organ console arrived.
A crew from Goulding & Wood Pipe Organ Builders in Indianapolis is on site for the next three weeks to assemble and install the console and integrate it with the 7,000+ pipes and 118 ranks of our mighty Austin organ. The installation and remaining work in the loft are scheduled to be complete by Homecoming Sunday, Sept. 10, when the FAPC Choir returns to worship.
Installation of the console is the centerpiece of a summer-long project that promises to transform the music ministry at FAPC and enrich the worship experience.
The new console is smaller, digitally controlled and mobile. The bi-level floor of the loft has been rebuilt to a single level, so that the console can be moved to suit changing choral configurations and create space for additional performers and instruments.
Once the console is installed, a number of acoustical enhancements will be completed.
“The new hardwood floor will be sound-insulated, with removable platforms placed in the rear of the loft,” says Jonathan Raible, the consulting architect for the project. “Six acoustical panels [in the ceiling above the choir] will help project and reflect the sound to the congregation. New LED spot reading lights—dimmable, programmable and color variable—will create varying moods and enhance the lighting overall.”
The organ console is a generous gift of Dr. Reid and Marguerite Pitts. The choir loft reconfiguration is funded by the Generation to Generation Capital Campaign.