1. Understanding Scales

    When it comes to playing the church organ successfully, it can take years and years and practice. However, we know that with a lot of determination and passion, you will be able to play incredible organ pieces in no time at all. One of the foundational pieces of understanding music theory is mastery of the scales! While some of you may have a clear understanding of scales and how they pertain to m…Read More

  2. The History of the Pipe Organ

    We at Whitesel Church Organs believe that creating music is one of the best ways to praise God. Our goal is to help you find the perfect pipe organ to bring your congregation together to learn about the Lord and praise Him. Hydraulis You know about the amazing sound an organ can produce, but how much do you know about this instrument’s origins? It’s almost impossible to know exactly when an in…Read More

  3. Transitioning from Piano to Church Organ

    Perhaps you’ve been playing piano for years and you are ready to try something new, or maybe your current church organist has left and you feel the need to help. Whatever the reason, you have decided to learn how to play the church organ. Here are a few pieces of advice we at Whitesel Church Organs would like to share with you to make your new learning adventure enjoyable: The Pedals Take time t…Read More

  4. How Do Pipe Organs Work?

    We all know the feeling of awe that washes over us as we walk into the sanctuary of a beautiful church. Amidst the splendor, most people notice the large organ placed at the front of the sanctuary. If your church uses a pipe organ, you are accustomed to the sound - but, do you know how these organs work? Whistles, Stops, and Pedals As strange as it may seem, a pipe organ is essentially a very larg…Read More

  5. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Custom Console Installation and Voicing

    The new Custom Viscount Organ Console with Physis Technology has been permanently installed in the sanctuary.  A special movable platform was created for use at concerts. The Viscount Organ also has an adjustable bench that's simple and easy to move.  We also made the side panel of the organ match the window pane design found in the pews throughout the sanctuary. The keys are Viscount's new and …Read More

  6. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Transept Speaker Install

    The transepts of St. John's provided us with an excellent opportunity to expand the soundscape of the organ out into the sanctuary.  Just behind the transept on the left side is the swell chamber, and on the right, what was once intended to be a pipe choir chamber.  When designing this system, we envisioned what the organ would have sounded like and what stops would be heard from each of the loc…Read More

  7. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Front Beam Speaker Install

    Here are pictures during and after the installation of the front beam speakers and Zimbelstern for the Cavaille-Coll inspired Custom Viscount Organ. While the back beam speakers will provide an antiphonal and trumpet en chamade, these front beam speakers will be our take on an Ethereal Organ without the actual division, and also play all the non-organ 'orchestral' voices. We caught some great sh…Read More

  8. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Rear Beam Antiphonal and Trumpette en Chamade

    As we begin this important and careful work, we let the following scripture guide us through the process... 'Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,'-Colossians 3:23 The rear beam will feature an antiphonal organ with a complement of flute and celeste's, along with a trumpette en chamade. Nowhere to go from here, but up! This Custom Austin / Viscount combination organ is c…Read More

  9. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Chamber Speaker Installation

    Once the speakers arrived, we began the installation in the chambers.  Each speaker front is removed from it's outer box encasement.  For the most secure and stable permanent placement of Walker Technical Company speakers, we first attach each speaker box, and then reinsert the speaker fronts.  This method gives optimum stability.  Below is that process taking shape... Each speaker serves a un…Read More

  10. St. John’s Hybrid Austin/Viscount Organ Update: Chamber Space Construction

    Before we can install the Walker Technical Speaker Cabinets, we had to construct additional chamber space.  Currently, the entire Austin Pipe Organ is located on the left side of the church.  Our intention is to vastly increase the soundscape of the organ.  This will require sound to come from the right side of the sanctuary as well.  We are also improving the range of the new organ by increas…Read More