Chancel Organ

The George and Wilma Van Wesep Memorial Organ


The pipe organ has a rich and lasting tradition at LaGrave. Throughout the church’s history, it has been and continues to be the primary instrument used to lead the congregation in weekly worship. Past organs and organists have given testament to the importance of music in the life of the church. Today, a full-time Minister of Music plays the current instrument, one that will lead God’s people in musical prayer and praise for generations to come.

The current organ at LaGrave Avenue Christian Reformed Church was a gift from Richard and Helen DeVos in memory of Helen’s parents, George and Wilma VanWesep, thus, the official name of the organ is the George and Wilma VanWesep Memorial Organ. Installed and dedicated in the fall of 1996, the organ was a collaborative project between the Austin Organ Company (Opus 2765) of Hartford, Connecticut and the Allen Organ Company of Macungie, Pennsylvania. It is among the most technologically advanced instruments designed and built today and maintains the very highest standards of quality. The melding of pipe and digital voices in an instrument of its size is unprecedented. The Austin Organ Company built the 76-rank pipe organ consisting of 4,413 pipes. The Allen Organ Company built the computerized console and 32 ranks of digital voices. The organ’s 108 ranks are divided over five manuals and pedalboard, speaking from both the main chancel and the antiphonal organ located in the balcony. The antiphonal organ also includes a Trumpet en Chamade rank of horizontal trumpets. The organ is a spectacular world-class instrument of immense color and dynamic diversity.

The organ housed in the sanctuary of LaGrave Church capably plays a variety of roles. First and foremost, the organ is a marvelous service playing instrument which supports and leads the congregation in singing. Additionally, it accompanies the various choirs of the church from the softest sounds to the richest ensembles of fuller organ sounds. The eclectic organ also plays organ repertoire from all periods—from Baroque to contemporary—extremely well.

From time to time, LaGrave reaches out to the community by offering public concerts and recitals. Past featured artists have included the world-renowned concert organist, Carlo Curley, who dedicated the organ, Dame Gillian Weir, John Scott of St. Pauls’ Cathedral in London, Dr. James Kibbie, and other prominent organists from around the globe. Dr. Larry Visser, the organist at LaGrave, is a frequent recitalist as well, having presented fall recitals in conjunction with the church’s art exhibition entitled “Inspirations.”

The organ is also featured on the CD LaGrave Organ Favorites with Dr. Larry Visser. The CD may be ordered by calling the church office.


GREAT ORGAN: Manual II Unexpressed

16’ Violone (61 pipes)
8’ Principal (61 pipes)
8’ Violone (12 pipes)
8’ Harmonic Flute (56 pipes)
8’ Bourdon (61 pipes)
5-1/3’ Gross Quinte (12 pipes)
4’ Octave (61 pipes)
4’ Open Flute (61 pipes)
2-2/3’ Twelfth (61 pipes)
2’ Super Octave (61 pipes)
1-3/5’ Tierce (49 pipes)
IV Fourniture (244 pipes)
III Cymbal (183 pipes)
16’ Double Trumpet (61 pipes)
8’ Trumpet (12 pipes)
4’ Clarion (12 pipes)
Tremulant
Chimes (25 tubes)
Symphonic Bells (existing)
Harp (existing)
Celesta (existing)
Zimbelstern (new)
Great/Choir Transfer (Digital)
Swell 16
Swell 8
Swell 4
Choir 16
Choir 8
Choir 4
Solo 16
Solo 8
Solo 4
Antiphonal 16
Antiphonal 8
Antiphonal 4
Ancillary 16 (Digital)
Ancillary 8 (Digital)
Ancillary 4 (Digital)
Bass Coupler (Digital)
MIDI (Digital)

SWELL ORGAN: Manual III Expressive

16’ Rohrgedeckt (12 pipes)
8’ Geigen Principal (61 pipes)
8’ Rohrflöte (61 pipes)
8’ Viole de Gambe (61 pipes)
8’ Voix Celeste (56 pipes)
4’ Geigen Octave (61 pipes)
4’ Flûte Harmonique (61 pipes)
2-2/3’ Nasard (61 pipes)
2’ Blockflöte (61 pipes)
1-3/5’ Tierce (49 pipes)
IV Plein Jeu (244 pipes)
16’ Basson (12 pipes)
8’ Trompette (61 pipes)
8’ Hautbois (61 pipes)
8’ Voix Humaine (61 pipes)
4’ Clairon (61 pipes)
Tremulant (Voix Humaine & Swell)
Swell 16
Swell Unison Off
Swell 4
Solo 16
Solo 8
Solo 4
Antiphonal 16
Antiphonal 8
Antiphonal 4
Ancillary 16 (Digital)
Ancillary 8 (Digital)
Ancillary 4 (Digital)
Solo to Swell Expression (Digital)
Choir to Swell Expression (Digital)
Ancillary to Swell Expression (Digital)
MIDI (Digital)

CHOIR ORGAN: Manual I Expressive

16’ Quintaton (61 pipes)
8’ Suavial (61 pipes)
8’ Gedeckt (61 pipes)
8’ Dulciana (61 pipes)
8’ Unda Maris (49 pipes)
4’ Principal (61 pipes)
4’ Spillflöte (61 pipes)
2’ Octave (61 pipes)
1-1/3’ Quinteflöte (61 pipes)
IV Scharf (244 pipes)
8’ Trompete (61 pipes)
8’ Krummhorn 61 pipes)
4’ Rohr Schalmei (61 pipes)
Tremulant
Major Bells (existing)
Harp (existing)
Celesta (existing)
Choir 16
Choir Unison Off
Choir 4
Swell 16
Swell 8
Swell 4
Solo 16
Solo 8
Solo 4
Antiphonal 16
Antiphonal 8
Antiphonal 4
Ancillary 16 (Digital)
Ancillary 8 (Digital)
Ancillary 4 (Digital)
MIDI (Digital)

SOLO ORGAN: Manual IV Expressive

8’ Cello (61 pipes)
8’ Cello Celeste (61 pipes)
8’ Flûte Harmonique (61 pipes)
8’ Trompette Harmonique (61 pipes)
8’ Tuba Mirabilis (61 pipes)
8’ Corno di Bassetto (61 pipes)
8’ English Horn (61 pipes)
Tremulant
8’ Trompette en Chamade (Ant) (61 notes)
Solo 16
Solo Unison Off
Solo 4
Antiphonal 16
Antiphonal 8
Antiphonal 4
MIDI (Digital)

ANTIPHONAL ORGAN: Manual V Unexpressed

8’ Principal (61 pipes)
8’ Spitzflöte (61 pipes)
4’ Octave (61 pipes)
2’ Super Octave (61 pipes)
IV Mixture (244 pipes)
8’ Petite Trompette (61 pipes)
Tremulant
8’ Trompette en Chamade (61 pipes)
Antiphonal 16
Antiphonal 4
MIDI (Digital)

ANCILLARY ORGAN: Floating – Expressive

8’ Diapason (Digital)
8’ Flûte Bouchee (Digital)
8’ Salicional (Digital)
8’ Voix Celeste (+) (Digital)
8’ Voix Celeste (-) (Digital)
8’ Muted Viole Celeste II (Digital)
8’ Flauto Dolce (Digital)
8’ Flûte Celeste (Digital)
4’ Prestant (Digital)
4’ Flûte à fuseau (Digital)
2-2/3’ Nasard (Digital)
2’ Flûte à bec (Digital)
1-3/5’ Tierce Digital)
IV Mixture (Digital)
8’ Trompette (Digital)
8’ French Horn (Digital)
8’ Vox Humana (mp) (Digital)
8’ Vox Humana (pp) (Digital)
Tremulant (Digital)
Gallery On (Digital)
Chancel Off (Digital)
Tuning (Digital)

PEDAL ORGAN:

32’ Contre Basse (Digital)
32’ Contre Gambe (Digital)
32’ Contre Bourdon (Digital)
16’ Open Wood (Digital
16’ Principal (32 pipes)
16’ Subbass (32 pipes)
16’ Violone (Gt) (32 notes)
16’ Gambe (Digital)
16’ Rohrgedeckt (Sw) (32 notes)
16’ Lieblichflöte (Digital)
16’ Quintaton (32 notes)
8’ Octave (32 pipes)
8’ Viole (Digital)
8’ Bourdon (12 pipes)
8’ Rohrflöte (Sw) (32 notes)
4’ Choralbass (32 pipes)
4’ Nachthorn (32 pipes)
2’ Nachthorn (12 pipes)
IV Mixture (128 pipes
32’ Contra Bombarde (Digital)
32’ Kontra Fagott (Digital)
16’ Bombarde (32 pipes)
16’ Double Trumpet (Gt) (32 notes)
16’ Fagotto (Digital)
16’ Basson (Sw) (32 notes)
8’ Trompette (12 pipes)
8’ Hautbois (Sw) (32 notes)
4’ Clairon 12 pipes
4’ Rohr Schalmei (Ch) (32 notes)
2’ Rohr Schalmei (Ch) (32 notes)
Chimes
Great 8
Swell 8
Swell 4
Choir 8
Choir 4
Solo 8
Solo 4
Antiphonal 8
Antiphonal 4
Ancillary 16 (Digital)
Ancillary 8 (Digital)
Ancillary 4 (Digital)
MIDI (Digital)

CONSOLE APPOINTMENTS

Special finish oak case with contrasting handrubbed walnut interior.
198 walnut drawknob shanks.
Manual and pedal sharps of walnut, naturals of mammoth tusk.
Console Controller with Performance Recorder.
Smart MIDITM (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)
Sixteen memory capture action (individually lockable) with programmable Crescendo and Tutti.
Expression and Crescendo bar graph indicators.
Expression pedals: Ancillary, Solo, Choir, Swell, Crescendo
General pistons: 1-30
Divisional pistons: 1-7
Reversible and toe pistons: 52

107 LaGrave Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

616-454-7204