650 Main Street
Chatham, Massachusetts 02633

before 19221922-19721972-

Casavant Frères Ltd.
Québec, Canada, Opus 3162, 1972

Two manuals and pedal
3 divisions, 16 ranks, 16 stops
Electro-Pneumatic Key and Stop Action

Organ Specifications


8' Gemshorn
8' Gemshorn Celeste
8' Gedackt
4' Spitz Flöte
2' Prinzipal
8' Trompete


8' Prinzipal
8' Rohr Flöte
4' Oktav
2' Flach Flöte
Cornet II 2/3


16' Sub Bass
8' Prinzipal
4' Choral Bass
16' Fagott


Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell to Great

The present organ, installed in 1972, is a two manual Casavant of sixteen ranks. It is a small but fine instrument well liked by visiting recitalists. Its tonal balance and colonial appearance were especially designed for the sanctuary.

Courtesy of First Congregational Church of Chatham; © First Congregational Church of Chatham

Reuben Midmer & Sons
Brooklyn, New York, 1922
Renovated c1950

Two manuals and pedal
3 divisions, 13 ranks, 16 stops
Electro-Pneumatic Key and Stop Action

In 1922 the fourth organ came from a private home in New York City and was placed in the front of the sanctuary, the choir on either side. In the 1950's, the front center was rebuilt with a new console with the possibility that it was replaced.

The third organ was in the front, and “to the East”, selected people sat behind a screen to pump it. More than one fell asleep during the sermon, delaying the start of the final hymn.

The second was a heavy black walnut pipe organ placed in the back of the church near the choir.

The first “organ” was a melodeon, greatly opposed by the conservative members.

Source: First Congregational Church, Chatham, Massachusetts
           T. Joseph Marchio
           Organs of the United States and Canada Database

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