The Noack Organ was built in 1989, with considerable upgrades and enhancements to the console completed in 2003, and judicious re-voicing of the Great division done following acoustical renovations to the church in the summer of 2004. The organ contains 32 stops (41 ranks) spread over three manuals and pedal.
This splendid instrument provides a wonderful vehicle for accompanying our choirs and congregation, as well as the performance of a very broad range of repertoire. The organ's superb voicing, coupled with its placement in the glorious acoustic of Henry Vaughan's historic church, make this one of Boston's most splendid of instruments, capable of great subtlety and colossal power.
The organ is housed within the chamber designated for its use by the noted church architect Henry Vaughan, with chamber openings into the Chancel and Nave. The Great Organ is cantilevered into the Chancel with the Swell and Pedal Organs directly behind it. The Choir Organ is located below the Great, immediately behind the organist.
The organ has mechanical key action, with electric stop action (including a 100-level Solid State Logic Combination Action). A special feature of this organ is independently operable swell shades for both Chancel and Nave shutters, providing the organist with considerable powers of expression over the swell division.
Further details on the organ may be found at the Noack Organ Company’s website: www.noackorgan.com.
Click here for a recording of an improvisational postlude.
8’ Chimney Flute
2 2/3’ Twelfth
1 3/5’ Seventeenth
8’ Open Diapason
4’ Harmonic Flute
8’ Stopped Flute
4’ Chimney Flute
16’ Open Bass (wood)
Photo: Michael S. Murray