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Opus 133

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe

Santa Fe, NM

Stops: 31
Ranks: 41
Independent Voices: 29
Pipes: 2065
Created: 2008

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When the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe was founded in 1867 it was the only protestant church in the territory of New Mexico. The present church building, designed by architect John Gaw Meem in 1937, has been refurbished and restored. When the adjoining buildings were razed for new construction, the chancel and organ chamber were reconstructed to be acoustically supportive of voice and organ. 

The visual design of the organ reflects close study of Meem’s work as well as research into the rich array of motifs and historical examples from the Southwest style he so strongly influenced. The painted case with its ornate central tower, complete with spiral turned posts, echoes details of the Spanish Missions. The inclusion of the 16′ Open Wood in the façade, a feature of many Fisk instruments, lends breadth and warmth to the composition. 

The specification is the result of much careful thought and many conversations with Dr. Linda Raney, organist, and Dr. Larry Palmer of Southern Methodist University, who served as consultant to the church. The Swell, with stops inspired by the French master builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, is mounted above and behind the more Germanic Great. The inclusion of the Solo division dramatically widens the repertoire the organ can play with authority.

The organ was dedicated on October 12, 2008 with an inaugural concert by Dr. Palmer. 

Opus 133

Great, manual I
Bourdon 16′
Prestant 8′
Salicional 8′
Spillpfeife 8′
Octave 4′
Rohrflöte 4′
Superoctave 2′
Mixture IV-VI
Trumpet 8′

Swell, manual II, enclosed
Violin Diapason 8′
Voix céleste 8′     from C0
Stopped Diapason 8′
Prestant 4′
Flûte octaviante 4′
Nasard 2 2/3′
Octavin 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Plein jeu IV
Basson 16′
Trompette 8′
Hautbois 8′

Solo, manual III
Harmonic Flute 8′
Cornet V     from c1
Trumpet 8′     from Great
Cromorne 8′

Contrebasse 16′
Bourdon 16′
Octave 8′
Bourdon 8′     from 16′
Octave 4′
Posaune 16


Swell to Great
Solo to Great
Swell to Pedal
Swell Super to Pedal

Great to Pedal
Solo to Pedal
Solo Super to Pedal


Wind Stabilizer
Balanced Swell Pedal

Key action: Direct mechanical (tracker), except for certain large bass pipes.
Stop action: Electric with a modern multi-level combination action
Keydesk: 61 keys CC-c4, grenadilla naturals, rosewood sharps capped with cowbone; pedalboard 32
keys CC-g1
Casework: A single case with façade pipes of wood and metal, standing in the front of the sanctuary,
designed to harmonize with and adorn the historic Mission church interior.