Redeemer-St. John Lutheran Church - Brooklyn, NY
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Redeemer–St. John Lutheran Church

939 83rd Street
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11228
http://www.rsjchurch.org/

Organ Specifications:
II/10 Schantz Organ Company, Op. 1020 (1970)
II/8 M.P. Möller, Op. 4725 (1925)


Redeemer-St. John Lutheran Church was organized on June 1, 1975, following the merger of two congregations. In the 1960s and 1970s, many urban churches experienced declining membership as families moved to the suburbs. It was during this period that the two congregations began talks to merge into one. The former St. John German Evangelical Lutheran Church, founded in 1888, was formerly located on 84th Street near 16th Avenue in New Utrecht. St. John's congregation moved into the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, founded in 1925, and located on 83rd Street in the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn.
           
Schantz Organ Company
Orrville, Ohio – Opus 1020 (1970)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 22 stops, 10 ranks


The present organ was built in 1970 by the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio. Both the Great and Swell divisions are enclosed, and all pipes are voiced on 3½" wind pressure.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed (3½" pressure)
8
  Principal [unit]
73
    Mixture II ranks
122
8
  Gedackt [unit]
73
   
Chimes
preparation
8
  Gemshorn
SW
    Great to Great 16  
4
  Octave
    Great to Great 4  
4
  Flute
    Great Unison Off  
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed (3½" pressure)
8
  Rohrflöte [unit]
85
8
  Trompette [unit]
73
8
  Gemshorn [unit]
73
4
  Clairon
8
  Gemshorn Celeste [TC]
49
    Tremulant  
4
  Prestant
61
    Swell to Swell 16  
4
  Waldflöte
61
    Swell to Swell 4  
2 2/3
  Nazard
    Swell Unison Off  
2
  Flautino
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes (3½" pressure)
16
  Principal [ext. GT]
12
4
  Super Octave
GT
16
  Rohr Bourdon [ext. SW]
12
8
  Trompette
SW
8
  Octave
GT
4
  Clairon
SW
8
  Rohr Flöte
SW
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8, 4   Swell to Great 16, 8, 4
    Swell to Pedal 8, 4    
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Swell Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
Great Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
Pedal Organ Pistons 1-2-3-4 (toe)
General Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
  General Cancel (thumb)
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Expression Pedal for Great   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Balanced Expression Pedal for Swell   Sforzando Reversible
    Crescendo Pedal    
     
Accessories
    Wind indicator light   Music rack light
    Crescendo indicator light   Pedal keyboard light
    Sforzando indicator light    
           
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 4725 (1926)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 14 stops, 8 ranks


The Factory Specification (June 3, 1926) shows that Möller's Op. 4725 for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer would have an attached two-manual stop-key console, casing of oak, and decorations in "Dell Gold Bronze." The entire organ was enclosed in one chamber, and its pipes were voiced on 5" wind pressure. Möller indicated that the organ would be completed by December 1, 1926.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Open Diapason
61
4
  Flute d'Amour
SW
8
  Melodia
73
8
  Oboe
SW
8
  Dulciana
73
   
Chimes
preparation
8
  Salicional
73
       
               
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Stopped Diapason
73
8
  Oboe
73
8
  Dulciana
GT
8
  Vox Humana [sep. box]
61
8
  Salicional
GT
    Tremulant  
4
  Flute Traverso
       
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon
32
       
16
  Lieblich Gedeckt [lo-press.]
       
               
Couplers
    Great to Pedal 8   Great to Great 16, 4,
    Swell to Pedal 8   Swell to Swell 16, 4, Unison Sep.
    Swell to Great 16, 8, 4    
               
Combination Pistons
   
Swell & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
Great & Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb)
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal   Great to Pedal Reversible
    Grand Crescendo Pedal (with indicator)
           
Sources:
     Haberstroh, Richard. The German Churches of Metropolitan New York: A Research Guide. New York: The New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, 2000.
     Mann, Timothy. Factory Specifications of Schantz Organ, Op. 1020 (1970).
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Redeemer-St. John Lutheran Church web site: http://www.rsjchurch.org/
     Trupiano, Larry. Factory Specifications of M.P. Möller Organ, Op. 4725 (1925).

Illustration:
     Redeemer-St. John Lutheran Church web site: exterior.