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Organ

Specifications of Wicks, Opus 6442

Great Organ

  • 16′ Gemshorn
  • 8′ First Open Diapason
  • 8′ Second Open Diapason
  • 8′ Harmonic Flute
  • 8′ Gemshorn
  • 8′ Violone Celeste II (SW)
  • 8′ Flute Celeste II (CH)
  • 4′ Octave
  • 4′ Open Flute
  • 4′ Celeste Ensemble IV (SW & CH)
  • 2′ Fifteenth
  • IV Mixture
  • 8′ Harmonic Trumpet
  • 4′  Harmonic Clarion
  • Tremolo

Swell Organ

  • 16′ Lieblich Gedackt
  • 8′ Violone
  • 8” Violone Celeste II
  • 8′ Stopped Diapason
  • 4′ Octave
  • 4′ Traverse Flute
  • 4′ Violone Celeste II
  • 2′ Flageolet
  • II Sesquialtera
  • IV-V Chorus Mixture
  • 16′ Bassoon
  • 8′ Trumpet
  • 8′ Oboe
  • 4′ Clarion
  • Tremolo

Choir Organ

  • 8′ Geigen Diapason
  • 8′ Clarabella
  • 8′ Flute Celeste II
  • 4′ Octave
  • 4′ Magic Flute
  • 2′ Fifteenth
  • 2′ Piccolo
  • 1 1/3 Nineteenth
  • 8′  Harmonic Trumpet (GT)
  • 8′ Clarinet
  • Chimes
  • Zimblestern
  • Tremolo

Pedal Organ

  • 16′ Open Wood
  • 16′ Open Diapason
  • 16′ Bourdon
  • 16′ Gemshorn (GT)
  • 16′ Lieblich Gedackt (SW)
  • 10 2/3 Gross Quint
  • 10 2/3 Sub Quint
  • 8′ Diapason
  • 8′ Gemshorn (GT)
  • 8′ Stopped Diapason (SW)
  • 6 2/5′ Sub Tierce
  • 5 1/3′ Quint
  • 4′ Octave
  • 4′ Gemshorn
  • 3 1/5′ Tierce
  • IV Mixture
  • 16′ Trombone
  • 8′  Harmonic Trumpet (GT)
  • 8′ Trumpet (SW)
  • 8′ Clarinet (CH)
  • 4′  Harmonic Clarion (GT)
  • 4′ Clarinet (CH)
  • 4′ Oboe (SW)

Gallery I Organ

  • 8′ Principal
  • 4′ Octave
  • 2′ Fifteenth
  • 8′ Herald Tuba

Gallery II Organ

  • 16′ Gedackt Bass
  • 8′ Gedackt
  • 8′ Salicional
  • 8′ Celeste II
  • 4′ Flute
  • 2 2/3′ Nazard
  • 2′ Piccolo
  • 8′ Herald Tuba

Gallery Pedal Organ

  • 16′ Gedackt Bass
  • 8′ Principal
  • 8′ Gedackt
  • 4′ Octave
  • 4′ Flute
  • 8′ Herald Tuba
  • 4′ Herald Tuba

The original organ for the Cathedral, built by the Estey organ company of Brattleboro, Vermont, was given by Thomas Cruse in memory of his daughter, Mary Margaret, who died on the Feast of St. Cecelia, 1914. The organ, opus 1250, consisted of 27 ranks and two 3 manual consoles. At this time the Estey organ company produced 95 pipe organs in that year. It is interesting to note that this mass production did not offer individualized tonal concepts for each instillation. It is believed that in order to make a “cathedral-like” sound the wind pressure was at eight inches. This would make for a very aggressive and forced sound. Also, at this time organ building did not necessarily follow classic principles. The organ designed for the cathedral here did not include upper-work or adequate reed stops. However, the Estey Company did make good quality pipes. Over the last several decades the wind chest, electrical work and the consoles suffered greatly. There were numerous dead notes, ciphers, and wind leaks. During one of the cathedral’s renovations, one of the consoles was moved to the rear gallery and a gallery division was added with 6 ranks. One of these included a historic clarinet built by the famous American builder, E. M. Skinner.

During this current renovation (2008) it was decided to contract with the Wick Organ Company of Highland, Illinois for a complete rebuilding and enlargement of the organ. Much of the existing Estey pipe work was used, with new wicks pipe work scaled and voiced to match the original work. Pressures were lowered in order to facilitate better blending of the pipes and a clear, “unforced” sound while carefully maintaining the original character of the organ. New Wick Direct electric ® action chests were built for all of the pipes, new and old, as well as a new Wick console, constructed to harmonize with the cathedral’s appointments. The enlarged specification was drawn by Wicks personnel in consultation with Dale Fleck, Director of Music at the cathedral. The final tonal finishing was done by John Sperling, tonal director emeritus for Wicks, with Dale Fleck on hand for approval. The renovated organ has 40 ranks and over 2300 pipes. The movable console (for concerts) has solid state memory and three manuals and pedals. The organ was dedicated on the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, January, 2009.

 

Organ Concerts on the new organ

 

 

 

January 11, 2009 (Dedication and Inaugural Concert)

 

Dr. Paul Jacobs

 

          Head of the Organ Department at Julliard Conservatory, New York City

 

 

 

February 15, 2009

 

          Dale Fleck

 

          Director of Liturgical Music, Cathedral of St. Helena

 

 

 

March 15, 2009

 

          Dr. Clint Krause

 

          Organist, Cathedral of St. James, Seattle, Washington

 

 

 

April 26, 2009

 

          Mme. Sarah Soularue

 

          Co-titulaire organist de Eglise St. Ettienne du Mont, Paris (1989 – 1992)

 

          Titualire organist de l’eglise St. Gervais et St. Protaise de Gisors, FRANCE

 

 

 

May 24, 2009

 

          Joe Munzenrider

 

          Artist in residence, Cathedral of St. Helena

 

 

 

November 8, 2009

 

          Dr. Peter Latona

 

Director of Music, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

February 14, 2010

 

          Dale Fleck

 

          Director of Liturgical Music, Cathedral of St. Helena

 

 

 

March 14, 2010

 

          Dr. Emanuele Cardi

 

          Organisss tiolare, S. Maria della Speranza, Battipaglia, ITALIA

 

 

 

April 25, 2010

 

          Joe Munzenrider

 

          Artist in residence, Cathedral of St. Helena

 

 

 

July 10, 2011

 

          Dale Fleck & Joe Munzenrider

 

          Cathedral of St. Helena

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 17, 2011

 

          David Jonies

 

          Assistant Director of Music/Organist, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

July 24, 2011

 

          Dr. Brandon Spence

 

          Director of Music, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colorado

 

 

 

July 31, 2011

 

          Christopher Stroh

 

          Organist, Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

 

 

October 28 & 30, 2011

 

          Dr. Emanuele Cardi

 

          Organista tiolare, S. Maris della Speranza, Battipaglia, ITALIA

 

 

 

August 19, 2012

 

          David Jonies

 

          Assistant Director of Music/Organist, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, Illinois

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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