The Opus 112, organ construction, exceeded 6,300 work hours (not including pipe fabrication).
The voicing followed several weeks of technical organ installation. On Sunday, September 28, 2009 the instrument was played during worship service for the first time. In November 2011, Good Shepherd installed a large ceiling fan for better air circulation and to minimize the temperature difference between the nave floor and the rear balcony. The organ received its final tuning from the Ott company in December 2011.
2. Sanctuary acoustics
The sanctuary acoustics, made lively by brick walls, wood pew, and granite and marble tile flooring, are ideal for liturgical music. The organ-case design accommodates the churches clerestory roof and the need for a small footprint in the balcony, and it echoes the Gothic arches used throughout the sanctuary. The pipes are housed in seven cases built in the shape of a Gothic arch. The tall center case is flanked by three cases on either side following the roof line of the sanctuary.
3. Facade and casework
The mahogany band crosses the facade pipes echoes the Gothic arch design. The decorative perforations in the lower organ case panels allow passage for the sound of the bass pipes while providing visual interest.
4. Tonal design
The tonal design is rooted in the German style but it is well adapted to the needs of a Lutheran church in the United States. Full plenums are available on either manual division. It is also possible to build a cornet on either manual division. The Horizontal Trompete gives the instrument a special visual and musical effect. This Trompete sound well as a solo voice and it also blends well with the full organ. The plentiful mutations and softer reeds give the organist a rich palette of colors. Fife stops on the Hauptwerk are under expression, giving the organist more flexibility with a two-manual Instrument.
3. Pipe fabrication
The reed pipes were built by Georg Jann, Ott's classmate from organ Master School. They have been friends since their teen years. Jann moved his organ reed pipe manufacturing plant from Germany to Porto, Portugal. The metal flute pipes were built by Jörn Fitzau, a German organ pipe maker, who, like Jann, moved his shop from Germany to Porto. The wood pipes were built in Ott's shop in St. Louis from quarter-sawn spruce and cherry wood.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
Herndon, Virginia, USA
Year of commission 2008
On December 2, 2003, the members of the original Good Shepherd Organ Committee invited the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company to assist in the planing for a new organ for the new sanctuary yet to be built on Reston Avenue in Herndon, Virginia. Soon after, the committee, along with consultant Dr. Walles Horton, minister of celebration at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, met with Ott representatives, to elaborate an organ specification program that would serve Lutheran worship well. Martin Ott mailed the first specification on January 14, 2004. But this first committee became inactive as plans for the new sanctuary hit various delays and roadblocks.
In 2007, the committee reformed and took the lead on the organ project. In June 2008, Good Shepherd moved to its new sanctuary location in Herndon. The sanctuary included a rear balcony, opposite the altar, for the placement of the organ and the church choir. The new Good Shepherd Organ Committee began considering which instrument builder to contact and Mr. Ted Tempel, now a member, suggested the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company. Mr. Tempel had gained first-hand knowledge of Martin Ott's work, during the course of his previous appointment. Mr. Temple had been a member of Morning Star Lutheran Church in Omaha, Nebraska where the Martin Ott's Opus 41 is located. A few upgrades were added to the previous organ specification and Opus 112 was commissioned for production for the new Good Shepherd sanctuary in 2008.
About a year later, after some eight months of construction, the organ was delivered on Sunday, June 20, 2009. Following the last morning worship service, many members of the congregation helped unload the pieces of the organ from the moving van, carefully placing them atop the pews and elsewhere throughout the sanctuary.
Several weeks of technical organ installation followed and then the voicing proceeded. The organ was used on Sunday, September 28, 2009.
Opus 112, Dedicatory Recital Brochure (PDF)Courtesy of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Herndon, VA. The brochure features information on the dedication of Opus 112 as well as an many on-location photographs.
St. Louis, Missouri,
March 13, 2012.
Craftsmen who participated in the construction of the organ:
William J. Dunaway, James F. Cullen, Eileen Gay, Larry Leed, Aleksandr E. Leshchenko, Richard J. Murphy, Earl C. Naylor, Martin Ott, Sean P. Rice, Mathias Seredsus, Inna Sholka.
Senior Pastor: The Reverend William H. Flammann, DD.
Music Director: Nemeh Azzam.
Organist: A. Todd Grivetti.