Kramer Chapel Organ History

 

Herman Schlicker

This was Herman Schlicker's first large installation. He donated several ranks so that the organ would be complete in his thinking. In addition, Herman Schlicker was part of a larger group of organ builders who were bringing to the United States the classic organ design of the Baroque period in Germany. Therefore, this instrument was one of the first to represent more of a European design in specifications and voicing than what was presently designed throughout the United States. E. Power Biggs said about the Kramer Chapel Organ, "I believe that this is the finest combination of worthy instrument and building in the United States today." The wonderful Schlicker Organs at Valparaiso University, Concordia, Ann Arbor, and many other sites all over the country followed this significant first installation in Fort Wayne. It is featured on the cover for several published organ volumes.

  

Original Specifications
GREATPOSITIV
16' Quintadena8'Quintadena
8'Principal4'Rohrfloete
8'Rohrfloete2'Principal
4'Octave1⅓Klein-Nasat
4'Spitzfloete1'Siffloete
2⅔QuintIII-IVScharf
2'Schwegel8'Krummhorn
IV-VIMixture4'Regal



Tremolo
SWELLPEDAL
8'Gedeckt16'Principal
8'Salicional16'Bourdon
8'Voix Celeste16'Quintadena
4'Principal8'Octave
4'Hohlfloete8'Quintadena
2'Blockfloete4'Choralbass
IISesquialtera2'Nachthorn
IV-VMixtureIVMixture
IIICymbel16'Posaune
16'Dulzian4'Fagott
8'Trompette

4'Schalmei


Tremolo

 

Historic Significance

This was Herman Schlicker's first large installation. He donated several ranks so that the organ would be complete in his thinking. In addition, Herman Schlicker was part of a larger group of organ builders who were bringing to the United States the classic organ design of the Baroque period in Germany. Therefore, this instrument was one of the first to represent more of a European design in specifications and voicing than what was presently designed throughout the United States. E. Power Biggs said about the Kramer Chapel Organ, "I believe that this is the finest combination of worthy instrument and building in the United States today." The wonderful Schlicker Organs at Valparaiso University, Concordia, Ann Arbor, and many other sites all over the country followed this significant first installation in Fort Wayne. It is featured on the cover for several published organ volumes.

Recent History

Additions under Joel Kuznik: Professor Joel Kuznik was Concordia College Campus Organist from 1958 to 1977. Under his direction the following stops were added by the Roderer Organ Company of Chicago, IL:

Trompeta Real
32' Contra Fagott

Additions under Richard Resch: Professor/Kantor Richard C. Resch has overseen the maintenance of the organ from 1978 to the present. In 1990, Fritz Noack was contracted to give a new console and revoice the instrument. Mr. Noack was given this task because of his respect for what happened in the late fifties and earlier sixties historically. He said, "I want to preserve this instrument as Herman Schlicker would voice it today." The result is a warmer voicing that is even throughout. The console is now movable and has solid state memory. Mr. Noack removed the 32' Contra Fagott, and added the following:

4' Schalmei in Swell became 8' Oboe
8' Quintadena in Positiv became 8' Pommer
4' Regal in Positiv was changed to 2⅔' Nazard
1⅓' Klein-Nasat in Positiv was changed to 1⅗' Tierce
8' Trumpet added to the Pedal
10⅔' in the Pedal
32' Resultant in the Pedal
Zimbelstern

Additions under Paul Grime, Kevin Hildebrand, and Richard Resch: In 2008, some additional modifications and updates to the organ were undertaken for its 50th anniversary. The Jean-Paul Buzard Organ Company of Champaign, Illinois, was contracted for this work. Most significantly, the 8’ Trumpet in the Pedal division was expanded to allow it to be played also on the Great manual. This rich foundation has been especially welcome in leading congregational singing in Kramer Chapel. Secondly, the Trompeta Real stop was modified and revoiced, resulting in a warmer, richer, rounder timbre. New keyboards, new tremolo motors, and a 32-level memory system were also installed.

In Conclusion

Thanks be to God! This set of pipes in this amazing space have helped to teach pastors, laity, and promising church musicians almost daily what a fine organ can bring to their worship practice.

 

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