Our Organ and Bells

Opus 3865 - The Grace Church Organ

A wonderful asset to the Music Ministry at Grace is Opus 3865, a 3-manual, 39 stop,
47-rank pipe organ, built by Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. This fine instrument leads us at worship in singing the faith. Its beautiful case is a fine additional to our worship architecture.

Grace Church took delivery of the organ on October 2, 2007. It arrived, unassembled, in hundreds of boxes and packing crates. Its 2,853 pipes, ranging in size from 20 feet to as small as a pencil, are fashioned from wood, "spotted metal," or copper. The organ was built over 18 months, installation took 4 weeks, and the voicing lasted almost another 4 weeks.
»  see installation photos

The organ was played during worship services for the first time the weekend following Thanksgiving. Then Bishop of the Diocese of Atlanta, The Right Rev. J. Neil Alexander, was present at Grace Church on Sunday, January 20, 2008 at a service of Evensong and Dedication and Blessing. Finally, a Dedicatory Recital was performed by Dr. David Burton-Brown, Grace Church's Director of Music at the time, on April 20, 2008.

A member of our vestry wrote in the December 16, 2007 issue of our church newsletter, "Christians at Grace Episcopal Church have been given a glorious gift and a mandate to add our voices to those 3,000 new ones above our heads." We enjoy doing just that.

Listen to Grace's Casavant organ:
» 
Fanfare by P. Whitlock
» Adagio for Strings by S. Barber

The Bells of Grace Church

In March of 2004 Harry van Bergen, president of the van Bergen Company of Charleston, S.C., paid a visit to Grace Episcopal Church to discuss and evaluate some issues with the bell installed in the tower. That meeting, and an article in the church newsletter inviting parishioners interested "in seeing the bell of Grace become the bells of Grace" to contact the rector, resulted in the donation and installation of four tuned bronze musical bells.

The bells, which are named Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, were cast in late January 2005 at the world–renowned Paccard Bell Foundry in Annecy, France and installed in our tower on April 19 that same year. They have been a wonderful addition to our church and community, marking the passing of each quarter hour, tolling a call to worship and for solemn occasions, and pealing for celebratory occasions.

» learn more about the bells of Grace (.pdf file)
» listen to a celebratory peal (.m4a file)