The Estey 3-Manual Pipe Organ

The historic “Sanctuary Organ” at Epsilon Spires was originally built in 1906 by the Estey Organ Co. The company was founded by Jacob Estey in Brattleboro and was known throughout the United States as the foremost producer of reed organs. In 1901, the company turned to building pipe organs in addition to their numerous reed organ models. The Estey factory manufactured more than 3,000 organs before its closure in the 1950s. At the height of the company, they shipped instruments around the country and even exported them as far as China and South Africa. The "Sanctuary Organ" was given as a gift to the First Baptist Church in memory of Juilius Jacob Estey (son of Jacob Estey, founder) by his sons Jacob Gray Estey and Julius Harry Estey. The organ was revised in 1958 by Elroy E. Hewitt, but its tonal features remain, for the most part, untouched. The instrument is an excellent example of an early-twentieth century American pipe organ.  


Upcoming Events

  • Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Dr. Theresa Chen
    Wed, Jun 01
    Epsilon Spires
    Dr. Theresa Chen is an instructor at Syracuse University, where she is the first Taiwanese-American to teach jazz at a college in the United States. As the Pentecost approaches, Dr. Chen will present pieces to welcome the Holy Spirit, along with her own works crossing between classical and jazz.
  • "IT" Clara Bow Romantic Comedy w/ Pipe Organ Score by Jeff Rapsis!
    Fri, Jun 10
    Epsilon Spires
    One of the most popular and delightful films of the late silent era, "IT" (1927) is a sparkling and lighthearted romantic comedy that came to epitomize the radical upheaval of gender roles and social class during the Jazz Age. Live musical score performed by Jeff Rapsis on our historic pipe organ!
  • FUJI||||||||||TA w/ id m theft able
    Tue, Jun 21
    Epsilon Spires
    Yosuke Fujita also known as FUJI||||||||||TA is a Sound Artist, organist and composer based in Japan. The crux of his performances is his hand-built pipe organ, an instrument Fujita based on the traditional Japanese musical concept of GAGAKU, a slow and elegant form of 7th century classical music.
  • Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Jack Langdon
    Wed, Jul 06
    Epsilon Spires
    Organist, composer, videographer, and writer raised in Keyeser, Wisconsin, Jack is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. His music is gentle and expansive, drawing inspiration from the landscape and folk modernisms of the American Midwest.

“The Sanctuary Organ” Stoplist

Originally built by Estey Organ Co., Opus 300, 1906 

Modifications by Elroy E. Hewitt, 1958 


Great (II)

Open Diapason 8

Gross Flute 8

Dulciana 8

Octave 4

Twelfth 2 2/3

Fifteenth 2

Tuba 8



Choir (I, expressive)

Concert Flute 8

Aeoline 8

Vox Angelica 8

Hohl Flute 4

Piccolo 2

Cor Glorieux 8

Choir Tremolo

Swell (III, expressive)

Bourdon 16

Stopped Diapason 8

Quintadena 8

Salicional 8

Voix Celeste (from tenor C) 8

Principal 4

Flute Traverso 4

Cornet III

Cornopean 8

Oboe 8

Vox Humana 8

Swell Tremolo 



Open Diapason 16

Bourdon (from Swell) 16

Dulciana 16

Gedeckt 8



Great to Pedal 8

Swell to Pedal 8, 4

Choir to Pedal 8

Swell to Great 16, 8, 4

Choir to Great 16, 8, 4

Swell to Choir 16, 8, 4 

Great to Great 4

Swell to Swell 16, 4

Choir to Choir 16, 4 


Player Assists:

7 General Pistons (also available as toe studs)

6 Swell Divisional Piston & 1 Divisional Cancel 

5 Great Divisional Pistons & 1 Divisional Cancel 

5 Choir Divisional Pistons & 1 Divisional Cancel 

4 Pedal Divisional Toe Studs & 1 Divisional Cancel 

Swell to Pedal Reversible (manual and toe stud)

Great to Pedal Reversible (manual and toe stud)

Choir to Pedal Reversible (manual and toe stud)


General Cancel

Crescendo Pedal 


Manual Compass: C–c4, 61 notes

Pedal Compass: C–g1, 32 notes