Opus 105

Nov 10, 03:38 AM

Architecturally, Opus 105 was designed to fit in the right-hand transept of the sanctuary. The choir is located to the left of the instrument; the proximity of the organ and the choir suggests intimacy and warmth. The organ case, a simple yet dramatic design, soars toward the A-frame ceiling. A time-tested method of construction, such as mortise-and-tenon joinery for the organ case, ensures that the instrument will last for many generations.

The organ console is attached to the organ case and connected to the wind chest by mechanical key action, a reliable method that has been used in organ building for over 800 years. This action, also known as tracker action, connects the musical keyboard to the valves using thin, western cedar strips. When a key is depressed, the valve opens and allows air to flow from the wind chest to the pipe. The key action is light, even with both manuals coupled. This assist the organist precise in articulation. The stop action (choice of sounds) is also mechanical.

Opus 105

Ascension Lutheran Church
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Year of Commission 2003

The organ is located at the front right of the sanctuary. The case is made of red oak and the manuals, with the exception of the Prinzipal 8’, are under a common expression.

In April of 2003, the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company received a request to prepare a proposal for a small mechanical action organ. In June, Martin Ott traveled to Cheyenne and visited Ascension Lutheran Church to meet with Organ Chairman Dr. Iverson, the organ replacement committee, and the church council. In August, the committee presented to the church council a proposal from Martin Ott to build a 2 Manual, 19 Ranks and 16 Stops instrument. The proposal was unanimously accepted.

For over three decades, the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company has developed their style of tonal eclecticism and the organ for Ascension Lutheran Church is an excellent example of the Ott style. The instrument is flexible, supporting congregational singing, choral anthems, and solo organ literature for preludes and postludes; it complements the strong musical tradition of the Lutheran Church. Since the size of the sanctuary dictates an instrument of modest size, there is just enough room for a practical stop list. The fa├žade pipes are 75% tin and 25% lead, which contributes to their bright sound. The flute pipes, aided by their higher lead content, have a warmer sound. The wooden pipes are made of spruce and cherry.

In late August 2005, organ builder, James Cullen, oversaw the installation of the organ. We are especially grateful to the congregation for its enthusiasm and assistance in spending a Sunday afternoon unloading the organ with our organ builder. Martin Ott and his assistant, William Dunaway, completed the tonal finishing in September 2005. We give thanks to the organ committee who facilitated the organ building process and to the many members of the congregation who made us feel at home.

The following craftsmen participated in the construction of Opus 105 for Ascension Lutheran Church: Alexander I.Bronitsky, Alex D.Leshchenko, James F.Cullen, Bryan V.Hanlen, William J.Dunaway,Richard Murphy, Eileen M.Gay Inna Sholka.

Mrs. Carol Moler is the Organist and Dr. Jane Iverson is the Music Director.

16 stops | 19 ranks
Suspended mechanical action