Piano Vs Organ: Which Is Right For Your Church?

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If you are a church leader or church member who is looking for a church pipe organ, you have come to the right place! Viscount Organs is the leading organ manufacturer in the world, and we specialize in making organs that are perfect for churches. Our Legend series of organs is extremely popular, and our customers love them. In this blog post, we will compare the piano and organ and help you decide which one is right for your church! Please contact us with any questions you have.


The organ is a musical instrument that has been around for centuries. It is played using a keyboard, and it produces sound by blowing air through pipes. The organ is a very popular choice for churches because it can create a wide range of sounds, from soft and gentle to loud and powerful. It is also very versatile, and it can be used for both solo and ensemble playing. If your church is looking for an instrument that can provide beautiful music for any occasion, the organ is a perfect choice!


The piano is another musical instrument that has been around for centuries. It is played using a keyboard, and it produces sound by striking strings with hammers. The piano is a great choice for churches because it can be used for both solo and ensemble playing. It is also very versatile, and it can be used for a wide range of musical styles. The piano is the perfect musical instrument for your church, providing lovely music for any event!

Their Roles When Played

The piano is a wonderful solo instrument, with the power of percussion instruments derived from the first strike. The piano may produce rhythms and melodies far quicker than an organ, making it an ideal introduction piece. It also serves as an excellent tool for directing the melody. An organ is capable of producing a large amount of sound in a smaller area and supporting a big congregation, such as during singing. It shows its strength when sustained notes are played. The main purpose of an organ is to create sounds and provide chords for support.

Skill Level

Each instrument requires a distinct set of manual dexterity and music theory abilities. The organ emphasizes the need to use both hands on the keyboard simultaneously while also depressing pedals with the feet. This can be a difficult skill to master, but it is extremely rewarding. The piano, on the other hand, only requires the use of one hand at a time (though it is usually played with two). This makes it a great choice for churches that are looking for an instrument that is easier to learn and play.

So, which is right for your church? The answer depends on your church’s needs and preferences. If you are looking for an instrument that can provide beautiful music for any occasion, either the organ or piano would be a great choice. However, if you are specifically looking for an instrument to use for solo or ensemble playing, the piano might be the better option. Ultimately, the decision comes down to what will work best for your church and its members.

We hope this blog post has helped you in your decision-making process! If you have any questions regarding the instruments mentioned in this blog, or if you would like to learn more about our church pipe organs, please contact us today! We would be more than happy to assist you in any way we can. Thank you for choosing Viscount Organs!

The Unico series is a line of classic organs developed with Physis® physical modeling technology, entirely designed and patented by Viscount’s Italian research facilities. With this new approach, based on physical modeling of the pipe organ, you will enjoy the most faithful and malleable sound on the market today.

Thanks to accurate audio reproduction and powerful reverberation effects, Viscount has transferred the magnificence of a large pipe organ into the convenience of a compact instrument.

The Unico series has a rich library of customizable settings and parameters which allows you to select, assign and store hundreds of additional registers. Features are easy to access through a discrete backlit main control display.

The SONUS series is a line of classical organs developed with exclusive Physis® technology - designed and patented by Viscount’s laboratories. Based on modeling the physical phenomena involved in pipe organ sound generation, the sound generated is incredibly authentic.

On top of Physis® sound generation technology, we have designed a revolutionary new audio system called RAR (Real Audio Rendering). Thanks to RAR technology, you can totally manage the impression of three-dimensional space in which the instrument is placed – from the smallest room, all the way up to a large cathedral setting. The new Viscount RAR (Real Audio Rendering) technology represents a significant step forward in terms of definition, spatiality and body of the sound, which is the most authentic way yet to create that magical effect of the most important organ stop – ‘the ambience’. Sitting at the console of the new Viscount Sonus, you will experience the most realistic impression of the instrument and its setting available from any digital organ you may care to play.

The OUVERTURE is an organ with 3 keyboards, complete pedalboard and 55 registers - each of which can select hundreds of organ and orchestra voices. There is also an orchestra register for every section of the organ which can be selected from the numerous options available.

The organ comes with 8 organ styles (4 fixed and 4 programmable) that allow the organist to create and store an infinite number of combinations, either in the 128 internal memory locations or externally via USB memory. The parameter settings are easily accessible through the graphic display on the front panel. The “Tracker Action” style keyboard accurately detects touch by obtaining the speed of actuation of the keys, making it possible to feel a "Tracker Touch" effect, i.e .the correlation between the "touch" of the organist and the transient attack of each virtual pipe.

Developed with the award-winning and patented Physis® physical modeling technology, which reproduces the physical phenomena involved in the sound generation of the pipe organ, the Ouverture is capable of generating the highest-fidelity, most authentic church organ sound.

Chorum instruments faithfully reproduce the sounds of a pipe organ with proprietary ARTEM technology (Advanced Real TEchnology Music) designed by Viscount's Research and Development labs in Italy.

The richness and beauty of stops are enhanced by an accurate reverberation system, able to recreate a great variety of acoustic environments, from a small chapel to the largest cathedral.

Chorum organs are highly functional, yet simple to use; you can store a large selection of memories and recall your stop combinations.

Unico Collection

Our flagship Viscount organ line powered by our patented Physis® (Physical Modeling) Technology.

Sonus Collection

Physis® Technology & the most powerful self-contained audio system available.

Chorum Collection

Our sampled-sound based Viscount organ that beats all others in price & value for the money.

Physis® Pianos

The most advanced digital piano on the planet using Physis® Technology.