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posted Aug 22, 2015, 8:13 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 3:48 PM ]
All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. (Johann Sebastian Bach, composer)
Our organ was built when the church was in 1932 by Geo. Kilgen & Son of St. Louis, Opus 4801. Kilgen was a prominent American organ builder at the turn of the century, and by the time ours was built, over four thousand Kilgens had been installed throughout the country, including the chancel and grand gallery organs in St. Patrick's Cathedral.

It has electro-pneumatic action, with 3 manuals, 25 stops and 21 ranks. It plays very well for a Sunday Mass, but due to its age and problems caused by a leaking roof, it's in need of a major restoration. Our first goal will be to replace the retractable staircase leading up to the pipe chamber, which mysteriously disappeared years ago.

For specifications provided by Rollin Smith, organ historian and concert organist, please visit the American Guild of Organists or see the attachment...