The Estey 3-Manual Pipe Organ
The majestic pipe organ installed in the Sanctuary of Epsilon Spires was built in 1906 by the Estey Organ Company, founded in Brattleboro by Jacob Estey in 1872. The Estey factory manufactured more than 3,000 organs in its Brattleboro factory, shipping them as far as China and South Africa before closing in 1960. Our Estey was given as a gift to the First Baptist Church in memory of Juilius Jacob Estey (son of Jacob Estey) 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, and is one of the largest organs of its kind still in use today.
Organ Programming at Epsilon Spires
Epsilon Spires seeks to honor the history of our magnificent and unique pipe organ while expanding our audience’s expectations of what this versatile instrument is capable of, with a focus on showcasing experimental and secular works. Our innovative organ programming continues to breathe new life into this historic treasure, which is featured regularly in concert performances by talented international contemporary composers playing free recitals of their favorite pieces.
To transport audiences back in time with unforgettable, immersive experiences, we frequently invite accomplished silent film accompanists to perform live soundtracks to classic films activating our powerful pipe organ, which is similar to the organs that would have been heard playing in movie theaters during the original theatrical releases.
- Wed, Oct 04Oct 04, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PMEpsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USAInternational Concert Organist Brink Bush is one of the leading interpreters of German Romantic organ music in the world today, his musical program for October includes Georgi Mushel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Leon Boellman, Louis Vierne, and Henri Mulet.
- Thu, Oct 26Oct 26, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PMEpsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USAJoin us in our Sanctuary for an unforgettable experience! Fritz Lang's 1927 Sci-fi Masterpiece with a live soundtrack performed on our historic Estey pipe organ by award-winning organist, Peter Krasinski!
- Fri, Sep 22Sep 22, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PMEpsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USAThe German-Expressionist masterpiece based on Victor Hugo's tragic tale of wrongful persecution and wrathful anger features the original performance that inspired "The Joker." With a live musical score performed by Ben Model, resident silent film accompanist at MoMA and The Library of Congress!
“The Sanctuary Organ” Stoplist
Originally built by Estey Organ Co., Opus 300, 1906
Modifications by Elroy E. Hewitt, 1958
Open Diapason 8
Gross Flute 8
Twelfth 2 2/3
Choir (I, expressive)
Concert Flute 8
Vox Angelica 8
Hohl Flute 4
Cor Glorieux 8
Swell (III, expressive)
Stopped Diapason 8
Voix Celeste (from tenor C) 8
Flute Traverso 4
Vox Humana 8
Open Diapason 16
Bourdon (from Swell) 16
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
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)
Manual Compass: C–c4, 61 notes
Pedal Compass: C–g1, 32 notes