Peachtree Road is extremely fortunate to have three pipe organs used daily for practice, teaching, accompanying, recording, and most importantly, for leading the faithful in their songs of prayer and praise during weekly worship. Please click here to view a pdf of our organ brochure, or the tabs below for information on each of our instruments.
The Great Organ
The Great Organ of Peachtree Road, installed in 2002 by Mander Organs of London, England, is the largest mechanical action organ ever built by a British organ builder. With mechanical action, the oldest type of organ action, the motions of the player are translated through long wooden strips made from cedar, commonly called “trackers”. This provides a direct mechanical link from each note on the keyboard to the different divisions of the organ. Organists prefer this type of action due to its extreme responsiveness and sensitivity to the touch of the player.
The instrument is divided among twin 40-foot cases towering over the high altar and chancel. The three primary manual divisions (Great, Swell & Choir), played by the organist’s hands, are located in the left-hand case, facing the altar. The pedal division, complete with two full-length 32-foot stops, is in the right-hand case and controlled by the organist’s feet. The Solo Organ, a manual division with a battery of high-powered reed stops is located in the upper level of the pedal case. On the wall of the West End Gallery is the Trompette Royale, an en chamade stop that is used for heraldic fanfares and as a solo against the full organ. The complete resources of the organ are controlled from a handsome four-manual console located amongst the left-hand choir stalls.
The Great Organ was given through generous gifts by Mr. Charles Loudermilk and Mr. Mark Pope III.
The Chapel Organ
The Chapel Organ, installed in 1991 by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, served as the Sanctuary Organ until the opening of the new Sanctuary in Easter 2002. Much of the organ is located in chambers on the sides of the chancel, while part of the Great, Positiv, and Pedal divisions are exposed via cantilevered chests on the chancel wall. The Trompette en Chamade , originally commanding a position over the high altar, was relocated to the rear wall of the chapel creating a dramatic effect. The console is movable for concerts and special events since the instrument uses electropneumatic action, whereby electrical signals translate the organist’s actions to the different divisions of the organ.
The Chapel Organ was given through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. R. Howard Dobbs.
The Music Suite Organ
The Music Suite Organ, installed in 1961 by the Möller Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland, served for forty years as the Chapel Organ before the old chapel was modified into new space in January 2002. Relocated by Widener & Company, curators of the Peachtree Road organs, the organ is now located in a large chamber, speaking though a decorative façade and shutters into the choir rehearsal space of the Music Suite. It is playable from its original two-manual console, now located on a movable platform for teaching and rehearsal purposes.
Estey Reed Organ
The Music Department at PRUMC received the gift of this historic organ in 2017 from Mr. and Mrs. John Adair. It is a 2 manual and pedal reed organ built by the Estey Organ Company. It was originally purchased in 1890 for a church in Scotland. It remained there in use until it made its move to America in the mid-twentieth century. The organ is used for small concerts and to accompany the choirs that sing from our rotunda-gallery level.
Van Daalen Continuo Organ
In December 2017, The Music Department at PRUMC acquired a Van Daalen Continuo Organ. A continuo organ is a usually one-manual pipe organ and is built to be more or less mobile. It was common in sacred and secular music between the 10th and the 18th centuries, in chapels and small churches, as a chamber organ and for the basso continuo in ensemble works. It is used regularly at Peachtree Road when an intimate organ sound is required for the music performed in concerts and services, such as Handel’s Messiah in the Many Moods of Christmas Program and during Holy week. The Continuo Organ is better suited to produce this kind of sound than our Mander organ.