Noack Organ, op. 110
In his memoir “The Substance of Things Hoped For,” Rev. Samuel DeWitt Proctor details the story of a congregation in Harlem that chose to invest in an organ for their church, an instrument that would allow its congregants to worship and “copy the great sounds of nature – the rolling thunder, the wind whistling through the trees, and the thrush singing a love song. The music cleanses their spirits, drives out ugly thoughts, puts wings on their prayers and wafts them heavenward. Oh, yes! The organ works for them! The can go out of here and find a job, do it well, get paid, and eat on time. They are not hungry. They have an organ in their lives!”
The souls of Proctor’s congregation echo precisely the souls of the McFarlin faithful, led in worship for over 25 years by our organ. Our instrument was built in 1988 by the Noack Organ Company of Georgetown, Massachusetts as a “testimony of thanksgiving and praise.” At the time of its installation in 1988, it was the company’s largest instrument with 50 stops and 3330 pipes.
The decision to secure a tracker (“tracker” referring to the mechanical action of the instrument, instead of electric) organ of this size could not have been an easy one. Thanks to the many people of McFarlin, past and present, who donated their time, talent, and gifts, we are blessed with this glorious instrument that demonstrates our commitment to worship. Organs of this type, built during the time of Bach, can still be heard in churches and cathedrals throughout Europe. Whether we hear the organ sing during Sunday morning services, weddings, funerals, or recitals and other special concerts, we are privileged to hear an instrument that reflects the art of organ building across generations.
At the dedication of the McFarlin Noack, Fritz Noack said,“The instrument should feel at home not only accompanying choirs and congregational singing, but also performing much of the great music written for organ. The organ should have a voice that is clear but beautiful, able to convey a large range of emotions – to rejoice and to comfort, to lead and to reflect, and always to sing of love and peace.” It continues to do so in our worship services today.
What a privilege to help lead worship on such an amazing instrument. Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God alone
John Morrow, Principal Organist
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