|3||8'||Flute harmonic||from #16|
|6||4'||Flute d'Amour||from #14|
|10||8'||Swell to Great|
|11||4'||Swell to Great|
|12||4'||Great to Great|
|16||4'||Harmonic Flute||73 pipes|
|22||4'||Swell to Swell|
|24||*16'||Lieblich Gedeckt||from #23|
|33||8'||Great to Pedal|
|34||8'||Swell to Pedal|
A pipe organ built by Henry Pilcher's Sons in Louisville was installed in the old church building just west of the square in 1927. That same pipe organ is still in use, having been moved to the new church building. in 1972! It was fully rebuilt in 1985, at which time additional stops were added. It has two manuals and a pedalboard. Its current specifications are shown in the table at right.
Here we see Sara Barnett Seidner playing the pipe organ for a service.
A Principal organ stop, or Choralbass, Octave or Fifteenth, produces a sound unique to a pipe organ and it is not intended to imitate any specific instrument.
Flute stops attempt to imitate the flute-class woodwind instruments. The Bourdon, Flautino, Flûte d'Amour, Gedeckt (and Holzgedeckt and Lieblichgedeckt), Nazard, Octavin stops on this organ also fall into that class. Flutes are imitated, but that does not mean that these stops are all of high pitch. Bourdon comes from the French word bourdonner, meaning "to buzz", and it is used with the low pitched pedals.
A Gemshorn organ stop is modeled after the 15th century European wind instrument constructed from the horn of a goat or similar animal. It uses conical pipes with the wind entering at the wide end as in the original. It is classified as a flute/string hybrid.
A Clarion imitates the sound of a trumpet or similar brass instrument.
An Oboe stop, of course, imitates the sound of that class of double-reed wind instruments.
Also see the letter from Maud Anna Ham written around 1968, and the letter from Mildred Hamm Moss written in 1984, both about the 1927 purchase of the organ.
The church has a bell choir for youth and adults.
Musically talented members get involved. Here, Ed Wheeler's trumpet solo provides a dramatic opening for a service.
Sunday morning services feature music on the Clavinova by our Music Director Karen Foster.
A Clavinova is a line of digital pianos made by Yamaha. Earlier models used digital FM synthesis, with more recent models digitally modifying samples of real instruments to produce the multiple voices.
Our church has an active choir. They sing at every Sunday morning service, and at special services and events throughout the year. These include both Easter and Christmas Cantatas.
The church choir, led by our Music Director Karen Foster, sings for worship services.
Choir practice is Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM in the choir room.
Here we see the choir singing during a service.
Some members of other Paoli church choirs joined our choir to present the very popular Christmas Cantata.
Members of the Paoli United Methodist Church sing during a candlelight Christmas Eve service.
Howard Detweiler performs a special song during a Christmas Eve service.
We sometimes have a special musical performance during Sunday morning worship.
Kirby Stailey was born and raised in southern Indiana and began singing in church at the age of 5. During his youth he played bass and acoustic guitar and sang lead vocals in a variety of bands playing styles including heavy metal, blues, rock and roll, and country. He won the Colgate Country Showdown in Jasper, Indiana, and recorded both his winning songs on an EP titled "We Know The Way".
He has already begun writing songs for his second CD and hopes that God will allow him to continue to minister through his music.
Darla McFadden has performed her music multiple times at our Sunday morning services.