Opus 78

Nov 8, 03:54 AM

Photo: Close-up from the original construction blue print. This illustration shows the pedal section, cantilevered in the back of the main case. This allows for a narrow case for the other pipes and enhances the acoustical projection of these pipes. The mechanical linked console is detached and 9 feet away from the main case. This design use the light tracker action Martin Ott is known for, and deliver the same responsive touch the organist need for agile musical articulation.

Opus 78

St. Paul's Lutheran Church
West Allis, Wisconsin

Year of Commission 1993

The organ is located on the sanctuary balcony. The casework houses all three divisions. The case is made of red oak and stained dark. The organ’s detached mechanical key-action console is approximately nine feet from the organ case; this distance allows for three choir risers between the organ.

John Behnke served as Organ Consultant, he played the Dedicatory Recital, February 9, 1997. It included the first performance of Hymn Preludes Ebenezer Thy Strong Word, commissioned by the Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company.

Paul J. Grime is the Senior Pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Note on Dr. John Behnke
Dr. John Behnke is Professor of Music at Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, where he teaches organ and directs The Alleluia Ringers, Concordia’s touring handbell choir. Dr. Behnke is a frequent organ recitalist, handbell clinician, and festival director. He enjoys composing and arranging, and has handbell, choral, and organ compositions in print with eleven different publishers in the United States, Germany, and Taiwan. He has also received an ASCAP Composers Award in 1998 and 1999.

A 1974 graduate of Concordia-River Forest, Illinois, he received his M. Mus. in Church Music and Organ from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, in 1978. His D. Mus. was awarded to him in 1984 by Northwestern University. From August, 1978, to July, 1979, Dr. Behnke studied at the Westphalian Church Music Institute in Herford, W. Germany, where he passed the “A” Exam in Organ with the grade of “1-Excellent”.

24 stops | 26 ranks
Mechanical action | Detached console