Opus 106 is an example of the modestly sized, eclectic instruments forming the core of C. B. Fisk’s oeuvre. Referencing instruments from Europe as well as from our own company history, a specification was developed with University Organist Dr. Susan Marchant, to serve different national styles and periods, offering a teaching and concert instrument that would draw both students and performers to Pittsburg State.
The organ stands on the stage of McCray Hall. Charles Nazarian’s bold lateral design replies to the architecture of the hall, and artisanal tiles in the entranceway suggest the teal color of the organ case. Façade pipes of spotted metal are arrayed above the center console. A three-sided Swell box gives the organ a dramatic dynamic range.
To effect authentic performance practice, the strong principal chorus is tuned in the slightly unequal temperament developed by Charles Fisk, giving flavor to the common keys for performance of earlier music but allowing the chromaticism of the 19th and 20th centuries to be heard without compromise. Combining the principals or flutes with solo and mutation stops gives the organ its brilliant colors – some French, some German – all influenced by historic examples. With its single wedge bellows, the flexible wind system imparts greater musical sensitivity to the early organ repertory. A large wind stabilizer may be employed for music requiring a steadier wind supply.