Sedgefield Presbyterian Church
Greensboro, North Carolina
Austin/Allen Combination Pipe and
Renaissance™ Digital Instrument
Sedgefield Presbyterian's new sanctuary was built in 1996 with the vision of someday having a pipe instrument that would speak from above the balcony. The organ search committee quickly discovered that they would have to invest an amount significantly in excess of their budget for a quality pipe instrument in their sanctuary. Their organist, Mr. Andy Bucior, then suggested that they consider a digital and pipe combination instrument. He was familiar with Allen Organs and approached the donor about considering an organ that he called a "hybrid." The donor agreed to this alternative and the search process began.
Austin Organ Company of Hartford, Connecticut, designed a 5-rank pipe addition to interface with a 56-Stop Allen Renaissance™ Console. Mr. N. C. Monroe, the church builder and a member of Sedgefield Presbyterian, built the "chamber" to house the organ. Installation specifics include: an 8' open Diapason in a facade and on the primary chest, with a 4' Octave, 2' Fifteenth, stopped 8' Rohrflöte, and a 4' Spitzflöte on the Primary. The speaker cabinets for the Allen digital voices are hidden behind two towers and beside the primary. The result-a room alive with great sound!
Sedgefield's dedication recital proved how these two technologies combined to make one great musical instrument capable of playing all types of musical literature. The congregation, donor, and visiting musicians were very pleased with the results.