Community Presbyterian Church
Clarendon Hills, Illinois
Year of Commission 1997
Several years prior to the commission of Opus 93, Bonni Rex, than organist at Community Presbyterian Church, invited Martin Ott to inspect the existing organ. This pipe organ was of poor design and in feeble condition. A collection from several different old organ parts and pipes were installed in ceiling chambers. We were asked to prepare a preliminary specification for a mechanical action organ. Bonni was a pupil of Professor Robert Reeves, organ faculty at Northern Illinois State University in DeKalb, Illinois. She studied organ on our Martin Ott's Opus 17 in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall at Northern Illinois University.
In 1997 Community Presbyterian Church had arrived at the decision to form an organ committee. It was evident that the old instrument needed to be replaced. Fred Veenbaas, chair of the organ committee and Lee McGinty, Music Director contacted us again. Several meetings with the Organ Committee; Barbara Coop, Secretary of the Sanctuary project committee and Pastor Christine A. Chakoian occurred. We received on November 23, 1997 the commission for a new instrument.
In the process of planning for the new organ, interest for building renovations soon followed. Architect Robert Franzen from Gilmore Franzen Architects, Inc. from Oak Park, Illinois and acoustician Scott Riedel from Scott Riedel & Associates from Milwaukee, Wisconsin were hired. By moving the altar closer to the nave and out of the previous sanctuary, left a newly created chancel available to house the new organ. The small footprint of the organ allowed spacious room for choir and piano. This front location is advantageous since the sound of the organ and musician projects into the nave.
The instrument was delivered on Sunday November 26, 2000 and the unloading started at 3:00 PM with the help of many enthusiastic parishioners.
The instrument was a memorial gift from the Mr. & Mrs. Peter Schenck family in honor of their mother, who was also an organist. Construction was begun on the organ in 1999, and it was transported to Clarendon Hills from the organbuilder’s shop in St. Louis in November 2000, and was first played in worship on February, 2001.
The dedication service was held on April 22nd, 2001, David Schrader played the Dedication Recital. (Source: Clarendon Hills Community Presbyterian Church, Illinois.)
22 stops | 26 ranks | 1 extension
Mechanical suspended key action |
Electric stop action