Schoenstein Organ Installation

Monday, July 16, 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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August 16, Beginning at 8am

After more than two years of planning and fundraising, he new Schoenstein organ is arriving at Saint John's Church on July 16. The truck will be unloaded between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon. Please mark your calendars for this historic day! 
The schedule of the morning is:
  • 8:00 am - light breakfast offered
  • All morning - see the organ brought into the church (there are opportunities for everyone to help)
  • 12:00 noon - lunch in the Common Room
Thank you to Kay Owens and Peggy Woods for coordinating breakfast and to Janice Ingle for coordinating lunch.


Schoenstein & Co. is the oldest and largest organ factory in the Western United States. This is Schoenstein’s first organ in Oklahoma. The company has built instruments for the Latter Day Saints Conference in Salt Lake City, Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, and Fordham and Georgetown Universities.


The new organ, which has been designed to expressively accompany choral music and congregational singing, will not only be beautiful to listen to, but look at as well.


The color scheme of the pipe façade has been selected to exactly match the rose from the ceiling panels, blue from the stained glass, and gold leaf which will complement the decorations above the altar. The artist is also incorporating stars and Trinity symbols found throughout our beautiful church.


The organ chamber contains more than 2,200 pipes ranging in size from a few inches to 16 feet tall. Two-thirds of the pipes are made of metal alloy, while the remaining third are made of wood. This combination allows for a variety of tones that imitate orchestral instruments including clarinets, trumpets and flugel horns, as well as flutes and strings.


The new organ’s console shell is made of oak, the stop draw knobs are made of ebony, the side panels are made of birch burl, and the three expression pedals – which will open the swell shades – are made of brass. The console also has a vintage Rolls Royce engine switch that will turn on the organ’s lights.