The latest hybrid pipe organ completed by Church Keyboard Center at the Lancaster LDS Stake Center in August is the 20th hybrid we’ve done (see story here) since we started in 2011. These are our favorite organ projects because of the dramatic difference we’re able to achieve in the pipe organs that we hybridize.
Replacing an aging pipe organ console is not the only path to a hybrid organ. In February of this year, we added seven digital stops to a Wicks pipe organ at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Huntington Beach in collaboration with a rebuild of the organ by Dale Schweitzer. A modest number of digital stops were needed to fill out some stops on the new console Dale built for which there was no pipework. We supplied and installed the digital voices on a short timeline and at modest cost. Nelson Dodge voiced the digital stops to blend seamlessly with the pipe ranks.
Yet another hybrid option is installing new pipework with a new Rodgers digital organ. Three hybrid projects completed recently in the region showcase this approach:
- Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, Carefree, AZ
- Desert Hills Presbyterian Church, Carefree, AZ
- Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer, Las Vegas, NV
Each of these installations included six ranks of new pipework in the Great division.
This milestone builds on the long history of hybrid pipe organs this dealership has installed in Southern and Central California since the 1980s, under the direction of Dr. Robert Tall. Some of the larger hybrid organs include:
- Bel Air Presbyterian Church
- St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Sherman Oaks, CA
- Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel, CA
- Glenkirk Church, Glendora, CA
- First Presbyterian Church, Bakersfield, CA
- St. Monica Catholic Church, Santa Monica, CA
- St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, La Quinta, CA