It has been 2 ½ years since R. A. Colby Organ Builders came from John City, Tennessee to begin the expansion project on St. Mark’s 1984 Zimmer pipe organ. The number of stops and colors brought the 13 rank organ up to 36 ranks. John Parkyn, our organ consultant, managed the project which several local organists say resulted in one of the finest pipe/digital instruments in the city.
Because of the expansion, the small console had to be replaced with a larger one that could accommodate three manuals (keyboards) and other controlling devices. Per the original agreement, the Zimmer console became the property of R. A. Colby. Shortly after the new organ was completed, the old console was loaded into a truck and taken to Johnson City.
The console recently to Jacksonville!
The Rev. Mary Holladay is the Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church in downtown Jacksonville. A couple of years ago, she decided she wanted to have a pipe organ for practice and pleasure in her own home. Mary’s new organ was built by James Freeman who also takes care of the organ at St. Mark’s.
To read more about the expansion of St. Mark’s organ, look at my original blog post here: http://www.smljax.blogspot.com/2013/04/an-expanded-organ-for-st-marks.html
Since that time, more work has been done. The swell shade engine had to be replaced and the “Petite Trompette” was removed, cleaned, regulated, and replaced. A new sequence recorder was also added. All of this work was done by James Freeman and his associate, Chaz Dewsbury.
St. Mark’s has identified “excellence in worship and music” as one of our congregation’s core values. Maintaining a fine organ is an important part of that task. May this beautiful instrument inspire our worship for many years to come.
Top Photo: John Parkyn overseeing the installation of a new speaker
Bottom Photo: Rev. Mary Conley Holladay seated at her new console