Ascension Lutheran Church
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 façade 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