In the summer of 1998 Tom and the late Edna Hartness announced their intentions to provide funding for an organ for the new Chapel in memory of Charles Daniel at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Their generous gift became the three-manual, forty-two-stop instrument that stands in Daniel Chapel today.
Charles Boyd Tompkins, Professor of Music and University Organist at Furman, had begun conversations with C. B. Fisk about a new instrument in 1993. It was agreed from the outset that the instrument would need to serve a variety of roles in liturgies for the chapel, in ensemble work with choirs and instrumentalists, and as a teaching and solo instrument. The stoplist was developed in close consultation with Dr. Tompkins over the long planning process, and reflects these varied uses.
The advantageous placement in the front of the chapel enables the organ to engage the room both acoustically and visually. The acoustics are delightful, and the instrument can be heard clearly at the console as well as at the very back of the chapel. The room, which is a pleasant mix of southern classic Georgian and post modern styles, provides a wonderful context for the organ’s mahogany casework and burnished tin façade pipes, the largest of which are from the Prestant 16'.