The Cathedral Organ


A choir group singing in front of the restored organ.

A choir group singing in front of the restored organ.

The Cathedral Organ was the last instrument built by the Tellers Organ Co., of Erie, Pennsylvania, and one of their largest. The 88-rank electro-pneumatic organ was designed to be an eclectic and versatile instrument, and was installed in a newly-constructed rear gallery. The dedicatory recital was played on October 21, 1973, by Paul Jenkins, organ professor of Stetson University.

The need to replace the console precipitated the restoration of the entire organ. Originally constructed with four manual divisions but only three manuals, the instrument now has a beautiful, new four-manual console, built by Roger A. Colby, of Johnson City, Tennessee. It is made of oak and burl walnut, with bone and ebony keys, and simulated tracker touch. The Peterson digital combination action is equipped with a piston sequencer, full MIDI capability, and 99 separate levels of memory!

The craftsmen who service the organ, D. E. Klug’s Sons, Inc., of Lakeland, Florida, supervised the restoration, begun in 1997 and completed in 1999.  Minor physical improvements were made within the organ, and its 19 reservoirs were re-leathered. An old set of chimes was replaced with new brass chimes, and a new, state-of-the-art Zimbelstern also was installed.

Tonal refinishing was done by Gilbert Adams, formerly of New York City. Many of the existing ranks of pipes were revoiced or rebuilt, including the horizontal trumpet, most of the other reeds, and some of the principal sounds. Mr. Adams also replaced some of the trumpet stops with new pipework from the highly-regarded Laukhuff Organ Company in Germany.

The organ project was completed with the installation of several small video cameras at strategic locations within the Cathedral, allowing the organist to view conductors and musicians on a small, 4-channel video monitor built into the console. In addition, a remote microphone transmits to an audio speaker already provided in the console, so that the organist may directly hear musicians performing at other locations in the Cathedral.


Specifications

Great Organ (unenclosed)
16’ Montre
8’ Principal
8’ Spielflöte
4’ Octave
4’ Cor de Nuit
2 2/3’ Quint
2’ Super Octave
IV Fourniture
IV Scharf
V Grand Cornet (Tenor C)
16’ Trompete
8’ Trompet
8’ Trompette en Chamade
Great MIDI
Great Unison Off
Gt. to Gt. 16’
Gt. to Gt. 4’

 

 

Positive Organ (unenclosed)
8’ Nasonflöte
4’ Principal
4’ Koppelflöte
2 2/3’ Nasat
2’ Octave
1 3/5’ Terz
1 1/3’ Quint
1’ Sifflöte
III Zimbel
8’ Krummhorn
8’ Trompette en Chamade
Chimes
Tremulant
Positiv MIDI
Positiv Unison Off
Pos. to Pos. 16’

Pedal Organ (unenclosed)
32’ Contra Bourdon
16’ Principal
16’ Montre
16’ Bourdon
16’ Rohrflöte (Sw.)
8’ Octave
8’ Gedeckt
8’ Rohrflöte (Sw.)
4’ Super Octave
4’ Blockflöte
4’ Flute Harmonique (Sw.)
2’ Rohrpfeife
III Rauschpfeife
IV Mixture
32’ Contra Posaune
16’ Posaune
16’ Trompete (Gt.)
16’ Hautbois (Sw.)
8’ Trompete
8’ Trompette (Sw.)
8’ Hautbois (Sw.)
8’ Cromone
4’ Trompete
4’ Clairon (Sw.)
4’ Rohrschalmei (Ch.)
Pedal MIDI

Combinations
99 Levels of Digital Memory
12 General Pistons
8 Pistons to Great Organ
8 Pistons to Swell Organ
6 Pistons to Choir Organ
6 Pistons to Positiv Organ
6 Pistons to Pedal Organ
4 Coupler Pistons
Cancel Button for Each Manual and Pedal
Optional Pedal Combinations
on Manual Pistons
Tutti I and Tutti II
32’ Bourdon On/Off
32’ Posaune On/Off
Piston Sequencer
All Pistons Adjustable by Setter Button
4 Locks for Groups of Memory Levels

Swell Organ (enclosed)
16’ Rohrflöte
8’ Montre
8’ Rohrflöte
8’ Viole de Gambe
8’ Voix Celeste
4’ Prestant
4’ Flute Harmonique
2 2/3’ Nasard
2’ Nachthorn
1 3/5’ Tierce
V Plein Jeu
16’ Hautbois
8’ Trompette
8’ Hautbois
4’ Clairon
Tremulant
Swell MIDI
Swell Unison OFF
Sw. to Sw. 16’
Sw. to Sw. 4’
Zimbelstern (Unenclosed)

Choir Organ (enclosed)
8’ Gemshorn
8’ Gemshorn Celeste
8’ Koppelgedeckt
4’ Geigen Principal
4’ Zauberflöte
2’ Spitzflöte
IV Mixture
8’ Cromorne
4’Rohrschalmei
Chimes
Tremulant
Choir MIDI
Choir Unison Off
Ch. to Ch. 16’
Ch. to Ch. 4’

Couplers
Gt. to Ped. 8’, 4’
Sw. to Ped. 8’, 4’
Ch. to Ped. 8’, 4’
Pos. to Ped. 8’, 4’
Sw. to Gt. 16’, 8’, 4’
Ch. to Gt. 16’, 8’, 4’
Pos. to Gt. 16’, 8’
Pos. to Sw. 16’, 8’
Sw. to Ch. 16’, 8’, 4’
Gt. to Ch. 16’, 8’, 4’
Pos. to Ch. 16’, 8’
Great and Choir Reverse
Manual Pedal on Choir Manual
Choir Box on Swell Pedal

Miscellaneous
4 Adjustable Crescendo
Pedal Settings
MIDI
Transposer
Chimes Adjustable Volume
Zimbelstern Adjustable
Volume, Speed, and Delay
Bone and Ebony Keys
Simulated Tracker Key Action
Adjustable Bench
Adjustable Music Rack
Video Monitor and Audio Speaker
Digital Clock
Indicator Lights and Bars
for Various Functions