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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: Ed Broms
    Lunchtime Pipe Organ Series: Ed Broms
    Wed, Mar 06
    Mar 06, 2024, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Our first organ performance in 2024! Dubbed a "Renaissance Man" by The Boston Globe, multi-instrumentalist Ed Broms is equally at home on stage with Blue Man Group as in the choir loft, he draws on a multitude of influences to find unexpected harmonies between different cultures and traditions.
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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
    Fri, Apr 05
    Apr 05, 2024, 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
    Join us for the original swashbuckler! Action-adventure 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 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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“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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