A BRIEF HISTORY
For more than 245 years, members of the faith congregation known as “Emmanuel” have faithfully served the Hanover community. We honor our past heritage with the same love of faith and dedication as previous faithful members and look to its future with a promise of reverence to God and to the enrichment of our congregation and community.
The centerpiece instrument of our ornate sanctuary is an original E.M. Skinner Organ. This pipe organ is the 2nd largest in Hanover, PA. In size, it ranks among the top 5% of pipe organs in Pennsylvania.
4 manuals, 39 stops, 38 ranks,
32 registers, and 2536 pipes
Rebuilt by Aeolian-Skinner
4 manuals, 43 stops, 44 ranks,
36 registers, and 3808 pipes
Rebuilt by M. P. Möller Company
A new console with 3 manuals and 10 additional ranks of Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner pipes to total over 4200 pipes
After 40 more years of constant use since the organ was rebuilt in 1972, the organ console is completely worn and the combination system is malfunctioning. The mechanical gang switching system of the organ is worn, both in the console and the pipe chamber, creating silent and stuck notes and runs (several notes playing together). The contacts are fatigued and pitted. The façade pipe finish is chipping and peeling.
Planning for the organ restoration project began in February 2011. During the next 6 months, five pipe organ companies were invited to submit proposals to rebuild the organ. Three of the pipe organ companies were invited to present their proposals to a special interest committee. Emmanuel’s Consistory decided to accept the proposal submitted by the Peragallo Pipe Organ Company. Frank and John IV Peragallo made a full presentation to the congregation and the congregation embraced the project.
ABOUT THE BUILDER
The Peragallo Pipe Organ Company of Paterson, NJ was founded in 1918 by John Peragallo, Sr. who originally developed his craft as an apprentice with the famous E.M. Skinner Organ Company.
John Peragallo, Jr. joined the company in 1949 and further enhanced the business with a close “father-son” relationship starting a tradition that is in its 4th generation.
A member of the American Guild of Organists, John Peragallo, Jr. oversaw the restoration of the famous Kilgen Organs at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and the renowned MP Möller Organ at St. Paul the Apostle Church in New York City.
The Peragallo family organization has been widely recognized and respected for 94 years of organ building and rebuilding expertise. Their new and restored instruments reflect both the foundation of deep-rooted dedication to fine “old world” craftsmanship and an ongoing commitment to the functional technology of today’s digital society.
We look forward to working with all generations of the Peragallo family and their skilled staff of craftsmen as they restore our magnificent organ! Go to www.peragallo.com
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The cost of restoring our organ and refinishing the façade pipes
As of December 2013, we have received donations of $194,176. Pledges totaling $7,500 are due by April 2014.
Pipe organ refurbishment represents a lifetime investment in quality music and worship by the Emmanuel community. The congregation of Emmanuel has enthusiastically embraced the decision to restore our majestic organ to its original four-manual configuration so we can continue to promote and provide fine organ music in our magnificent sanctuary.
It is not too late to become an EUCC organ restoration donor:
à Festival Trumpets $25,000
à Trumpet/Reed Pipe $1,000
à Principal Pipe $750
à String Pipe $500
à Flute Pipe $300
à Manual Key $100
à Organ Stop Knob $50
à Pedal Key $25
On behalf of present and future generations of congregants and music aficionados, thank you for using this information to plan a gift in memory or in honor of a loved one!
Contributions are tax deductible.