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The Estey 3-Manual Pipe Organ

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History

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
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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.

Upcoming Events

  • Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Susan Ferré
    Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Susan Ferré
    Wed, Jul 03
    Jul 03, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Dean of the NH Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and director of Music in the Great North Woods, Susan's musical program for July "What we can learn from the Ste. Clotilde Tradition" includes short pieces by Bach, Franck, Dubois, Langlais, and Tournemire.
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  • THE MARK OF ZORRO (1920) w/ Pipe Organ Music by Ben Model
    THE MARK OF ZORRO (1920) w/ Pipe Organ Music by Ben Model
    Sat, Jul 27
    Jul 27, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    The original swashbuckler, action- icon Douglas Fairbanks battles oppression with graceful athleticism and joyful, exuberant comedy! Featuring a live musical score performed on our Historic Estey by Ben Model, resident silent film accompanist at MoMA and The Library of Congress!
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  • Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Heinrich Christensen
    Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Heinrich Christensen
    Wed, Aug 07
    Aug 07, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    An avid proponent of contemporary organ music and the Music Director of historic King's Chapel in Boston, prizewinning Danish organist Heinrich Christensen has performed for Boston Symphony Orchestra in Symphony Hall, Boston Ballet, Handel & Haydn Society and at Tanglewood.
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  • FLESH AND THE DEVIL! w/ Organ Score by Peter Krasinski
    FLESH AND THE DEVIL! w/ Organ Score by Peter Krasinski
    Sat, Jun 15
    Jun 15, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Enjoy the 1926 silver-screen-sizzler that established Greta Garbo as a femme fatale- a film intense with emotion – swinging from youthful cheer and love to uninhibited lust, jealousy and wrath with a rousing live soundtrack performed on our historic Estey by award-winning organist Peter Krasinski!
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“The Sanctuary Organ” Stoplist

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

Modifications by Elroy E. Hewitt, 1958 

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Great (II)

Open Diapason 8

Gross Flute 8

Dulciana 8

Octave 4

Twelfth 2 2/3

Fifteenth 2

Tuba 8

Chimes

 

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 

 

Pedal 

Open Diapason 16

Bourdon (from Swell) 16

Dulciana 16

Gedeckt 8

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Couplers:

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 

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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)

Sforzando 

General Cancel

Crescendo Pedal 

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Manual Compass: C–c4, 61 notes

Pedal Compass: C–g1, 32 notes

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