30 January 2007

The Nave Organ

I mentioned in the previous post that I would have a picture of the Nave division of the organ at Our Lady of the Atonement. The main organ is the Casavant, located in the gallery. The small organ pictured here is a separate division, located half-way down the nave, and contains several ranks of pipes from our original organ.

We are blessed in having two extremely talented musicians, both organists and choral directors, who are husband and wife -- Edmund and Chalon Murray. Both of them held major positions in the Archdiocese of Boston before relocating to San Antonio. In addition to their work at the church, they also teach music at the school. Each student from third grade through high school sings in a choir, learning the great music of the Church (including chant!). We have a Sung Mass at school every day, and the student choirs take turns providing an anthem. The whole student body sings the Ordinary of the Mass, as well as a hymn (a real hymn -- not a song!) at the Offertory.

Traditional music is alive and well here!