01 February 2008

Fifty heavenly ranks...

This Sunday at four o’clock in the afternoon our organist, Mr. Edmund G. Murray, will present a recital on our combined Gallery and Nave Organs. We’re commemorating the first anniversary of the blessing and dedication of the Casavant Frères Gallery Organ, and it will also be the occasion of blessing and dedicating the recently completed Nave Organ, built by the Ballard Organ Company of San Antonio.

The Gallery Organ consists of thirty-six ranks of pipes, and the Nave Organ is made up of fourteen ranks of pipes, making a total of fifty ranks. There are plans for adding a few more ranks in the future, and my dream is to crown it all with a Trompette en chamade capable of blowing the opposite wall out… but that’s down the road sometime.

Both organs are played from the gallery console, either separately, or with complete coupling capability. It’s very effective for an “echo” effect, or for separating a solo stop, and the Nave Organ combined with the Gallery Organ is extremely helpful in supporting congregational singing. Having some of the sound coming from half-way down the nave, combined with the sound from the gallery, gives a very full accompaniment for the hymns.

Below is a stoplist for the two organs:

Gallery Organ
Casavant Frères, Opus 2016

SWELL (enclosed)

8’ Geigen Principal
8’ Stopped Diapason
8’ Viola da Gamba
8’ Voix Celeste (GG)
4’ Octave Geigen
4’ Flauto Traverso
2’ Flautino
III Tierce Mixture
16’ Contra Fagotto
8’ Trumpet
8’ Oboe*
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Clarion


16’ Violone*
16’ Gedeckt
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Hohl Flute
8’ Chimney Flute*
8’ Gemshorn
4’ Octave
2’ Fifteenth
III Mixture
8’ Trumpet*

CHOIR (enclosed)

8’ Violin Diapason
8’ Melodia
8’ Dulciana
4’ Lieblich Flute
2 2/3’ Nazard
2’ Flageolet
8’ Clarinet
8’ Festival Trumpet*


32’ Bourdon+
16’ Contra Bass
16’ Bourdon
16’ Gedeckt (from Gt.)
8’ Octave (from Contra Bass)
8’ Cello
8’ Bourdon (from 16’ Bd.)
4’ Choral Bass (from Cello)
32’ Contra Trombone*
16’ Trombone
16’ Contra Fagotto (from Sw.)
8’ Trumpet*
4’ Clarion*

* - Denotes stops prepared for future addition
+ - Denotes not part of the original Casavant specifications.

Nave Organ
Ballard Pipe Organs
Spring 2007


8’ Open Diapason
8’ Gedeckt
4’ Harmonic Flute
2 2/3’ Nazard
2’ Fifteenth
2’ Spitzflute
1 3/5’ Tierce
III Mixture
8’ Orlo


16’ Gedeckt

If you're in the San Antonio area, you're most welcome to come to the recital on Sunday afternoon (it'll be over in time for the Superbowl kick-off!), and if you're an organist and would like to visit to play the organ, by all means contact Mr. Murray. We're happy to share this magnificent instrument.