St. Mark's Lutheran Church
Aurora, Illinois, USA
Year of commission 2005
This instrument was designed while the church was not yet built. Working from detailed plans prepared by architect Richard Kalb, of Cone, Kalb & Wonderlick, of Chicago, IL, and preliminary proposed surface response analysis from liturgical acoustician Scott Riedel, of Scott R. Riedel & Associates, some site-specific challenges could not be properly resolved until the building was completed. Pastor Wayne Miller, Music Director Kristin Young and Organ Consultant Rosalie Cassiday were greatly involve in the process.
From the architect's plans, an organ case that would be proportional to the room is designed. The sanctuary has primarily a linear architecture, which led to the introduction of curves as a contrasting feature in the organ's design. For the quarter-sawn cherry pipe shades, there is a vine that divides into three branches and winds throughout the organ case and facade. It appears to grow from the impost toe-boards through the three towers of the organ, symbolisms of Trinity.
The architect adapted the grape vine motif and incorporated it into the liturgical furniture. The organ is built of red oak with a clear finish. The curves of the three towers are created by gluing thin planks of solid oak around a form.
"The stoplist adequately supports a wide variety of organ literature and provides fertile ground for improvisation. The rich and warm principals, gentle yet lively flutes, colorful solo stops, and fiery reeds create an ensemble of surpassing beauty. When the pedal reeds are added to the plenum, the effect is electrifying. The case is striking and elegant and brings visual pleasure to the listener." says, Rosalie Cassiday, organ consultant.
26 stops | 32 ranks
Mechanical key action | electric stop action, incorporating a combination 32 levels action