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Opus 93

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Niantic, CT

Ranks: 32
Independent Voices: 22
Pipes: 1682
Created: 1988

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In 1981 Charles Fisk designed the specification for what he called “a three-manual organ appearing on two manuals.” His innovative idea was to play both the Brustpositiv and the Swell from the upper manual. Reversible pedals control the wind to both of these divisions, making it possible to select either the Brustpositiv or the Swell, or to play both simultaneously. Because the Great, played from the lower manual, is essentially a constant throughout most periods of organ building, the ability of the second manual to take on the character of a 17th century German Brustpositiv or a 19th century French Swell gives the organ a versatility not hitherto possible on a two-manual organ. A similar specification was used at Opus 94 in Dayton, Ohio.

Just as the stoplist and pipe scaling of the organ at St. John’s were designed to fit the church acoustically, the organ case was specifically designed to harmonize visually with its setting, incorporating many themes and details of the room. The outline of the case was inspired by the trapezoidal shape of the roof, details of the pipe shades use the angles and color of the church’s structural work, while the design of the balcony railing is reflected in the meeting of the façade posts and their supporting impost. Opus 93 combines a clean contemporary style with a traditional arrangement of towers and flats to produce a modern case with historical allusions.

Opus 93

Great manual 1
Prestant 16′
Octava 8′
Spillpfeife 8′
Octava 4′
┌Rohrflöte 4′
└Sesquialtera III
┌Superoctav 2′
└Mixtur V
Trommeten 8′

Brustpositiv manual 2
Gedackt 8′
Quintadehn 4′
┌Waldflöte 2′
└Doppelt Zimbel III
Regal 8′

Swell manual 2
┌Chimney Flute 8′
└ Flûte harmonique 8′
┌Spitzflute 4′
└Cornet IV
Trompette 8′
Hautbois 8′

Prestant 16′      Gt
Octave 8′      Gt
Spillpfeife 8′       Gt
┌Superoctav 4′
└Mixtur IV
Posaune 16′
Trommeten 8′       Gt


Manual 1 to Pedal
Manual 2 to Pedal
Manual 2 to Great


Wind Stabilizer

Brustpositiv & Swell “couple” to Manual 2 via ventils
Manual keyboards, CC-g3, 56 notes, flat Pedalboard, CC-f1, 30 notes.

Bracketed pairs of stops are each controlled by a single knob. Drawing the knob halfway brings on the first stop; drawing it fully brings on the second stop.