GARLAND
PIPE ORGANS, INC.
 
Dan Garland, President & Tonal Director
 
   

PIPE ORGANS THAT EXCITE AND INSPIRE

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Bombarde Division at First United Methodist Church in Wichita Falls, Texas
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“Please accept my congratulations upon the splendid work you did on the new Ridglea Christian Church Organ. It was a pleasure to play it in its opening recital, and it was most enjoyable to find the many colors that are in the instrument. For its size it is a remarkable and versatile organ, and I know that the congreation is thrilled with it.”

Emmet G. Smith,
Herndon Professor of Music Emeritus,
Texas Christian University

   

START TO FINISH

Selecting an organbuilder

Designing, building, and installing a new pipe organ is an exciting and challenging project for both the organbuilder and the institution purchasing the new instrument. If a client requests a proposal from our firm knowing that they are considering several builders we encourage them to choose their builder by visiting and listening to the work of all builders under consideration. After they have determined the builder they desire then is the time to discuss monetary aspects of the project. Organbuilding is in many ways a form of art. Each builder will have different ideas in regard to the design of the new instrument. Requesting a bid from several builders having offered them the same specification and then allowing the different bids to determine the builder of choice is an unfortunate way in which to make decisions regarding the purchase of a new instrument. This method should be avoided.

Designing the instrument

In designing a new instrument we are extremely attentive as to the desires the client. At the same time we depend on our twenty nine years of experience to carefully guide the client into making a correct decision. Such matters include the acoustic environment in which the new instrument will be installed, the placement of the instrument within the building, the space available for the instrument, and the specific tonal desires of the client. These are all carefully considered during the process of creating a specification. Another important consideration is the amount of and the basic format of casework to be incorporated in the new instrument. We always encourage the instrument to include casework and exposed pipework. This allows the listener to be excited not only by the sound of the instrument but also the visual enhancement of the space in which the instrument is installed. When we design casework with exposed pipework we start with a blank page. No two instruments are alike. We study the architectural elements of the space and the basic genre of the building and incorporate this into the design of the exposed casework. We often hear the remark, “It looks like it has always been here”. There is no higher compliment.

Construction of the instrument

Building a new instrument takes time. A large factor in determining that time is the size of the organ, where it is to be installed in the building, and the number of contracts we have for new instruments. Our backlog varies from twelve to thirty six months. Our crew of seven works together on each instrument to ensure that all components of the instrument come together to produce a cohesive final result both tonally and visually. We do not have a standard dollar amount per rank but rather determine the final cost of an instrument by completing an extensive study of the actual cost of each particular instrument. There are so many variables such as amount of casework, location of the instrument within the building, location of the installation site in regard to our Fort Worth facility, and the number of ranks to be included.

Tonal design

Since most of our instruments are placed in houses of worship our tonal design is based on the fact that the primary purpose of the instrument will be to have a significant role in worship. Leading the congregation in the singing of hymns is of utmost importance. The inclusion of a substantial number of foundation stops is extremely important. This allows the instrument to have a sense of warmth and power without always relying on higher pitches to obtain volume. When possible we incorporate a complete Principal chorus including Mixtures in all divisions. All manual divisions contain an 8’ Principal. Also included are a variety of flutes, mutations, and reeds. Although leading worship is our primary goal we also design our instruments as to allow them to realize organ literature from all periods of composition. The new instrument should be an important addition to the musical community.

Our goal

We strive to build instruments that inspire and excite those who play and hear them both in worship and concert. Pipe organs create energy. Pipe organs create magic. We feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to build the “King of Instruments”.

BUILDING AND INSTALLATION SLIDESHOWS
 

Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX
ARBORLAWN INSTALLATION



Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX
ARBORLAWN IN THE SHOP

 

Arborlawn United Methodist Church, Fort Worth, TX
ARBORLAWN CASEWORK IN THE SHOP

St. George School,
Newport, RI
ORGAN BUILDING AND CASE RENOVATION IN SHOP

   
St. George School,
Newport, RI
ORGAN REMOVAL & CASE BEFORE RESTORATION

 
1st United Methodist Church,
Wichita Falls, TX
IN THE SHOP

   
1st United Methodist Church,
Wichita Falls, TX
INSTALLATION

 
First Presbyterian Church,
Monroe, LA
INSTALLATION

   
Central Christian Church,
Dallas, TX
IN THE SHOP & INSTALLATION

 
University Presbyterian,
Austin, TX
INSTALLATION

   
First Presbyterian Church,
Fort Worth, TX
NEW CONSOLE

 
St. Stephen Presbyterian
Fort Worth, TX
INSTALLATION

   
St. Maria Goretti,
Arlington, TX
MOVING CONSOLE INTO LOFT


 
Arborlawn United Methodist,
Fort Worth, TX
COMPUTER DRAWINGS

   
University Christian Church,
Fort Worth, TX
BUILDING & INSTALLATION

 
Arborlawn United Methodist,
Fort Worth, TX
IN THE SHOP

   
Peace Lutheran Church,
Hurst, TX
INSTALLATION

 
Holy Communion Church,
Dallas, TX
INSTALLATION

   
Bentwood Trail Presbyterian
Dallas, TX
INSTALLATION

 
AROUND THE SHOP

   
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