The Church of the Resurrection, Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Church of the Resurrection

When the Church of the Resurrection decided to build a worship space of grand scale an organ of the same scale was needed. Crawford Murphy, building architect, and Scott Reidell, acoustical consultant, designed a truly beautiful worship building. The acoustical ambience of the nave is ideal for worship in the best Anglican tradition, with a sealed brick floor and an admirable level of reverberation for a building of its size. This acoustical setting has made the Church of the Resurrection's Allen organ not only a joy for Organist/Choirmaster Jeremy Rush to perform on regularly, but a highly-praised concert venue as well.

The organ console was built within the framework of Allen's patented technology, and boasts four manuals and 105 ranks distributed between seven playing divisions. In time, when the nave is completed and expanded to its full size, more than 50 ranks of pipework are to be added by Austin Organs, Inc. of Hartford, Connecticut. Included in this expansion will be a 12-rank Antiphonal Division with a high-pressure State Trumpet of polished copper projecting from the casework. The main organ is located in a large chamber loft behind the choir at the east end of the nave. The organ has the usual couplers and console accessories associated with an organ of this size. The combination action has 16 levels of memory, and complete MIDI controls are provided. The organ was introduced to the public in a Gala Concert Series, with the highlight being a concert by internationally acclaimed virtuoso Diane Bish.