Organs

Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church, Ancaster ON

Wallace & Co. Opus 78 (2018)

The church was built in 1994 in a modern style, with a good acoustic and seating for 500. Initially the church had an electronic instrument, and the David Wallace company of Maine was commissioned to build a new organ in 2017. It was designed to support strong congregational singing, as well as offer a wide range of stops. These include an 8′ trumpet (Gt), 8′ Sw Oboe, and a 16′ Pedal Trombone. The action is all mechanical, both keys and stops, and the Swell division is under expression. The result is an historically informed 21st century tracker organ designed with the demands of the modern organist in mind. The instrument was dedicated at a major combined service in October 2018.

Address: 575 Shaver Road, Ancaster ON, L9G 3K9

Website:  ancasterchurch.on.ca

Ancaster Canadian Reformed Church, Organ Specifications

David Wallace & Co Opus 78, 2018   II/25, all mechanical action

 

Great Swell (enclosed)
Pedal
Bourdon   16 Violin Diapason  8 Double Open Diapason 16
Open Diapason  8 Diapason Celeste  8 Bourdon (Gt)  16
Viola da Gambe  8 Stopped Diapason  8 Clarabella (ext)  8
Melodia  8 Principal  4 Choral Bass  4
Octave  4 Flute Harmonique  4 Trombone  16
Flute d”Amour  4 Nazard  2-2/3 Trumpet  (ext) 8
Fifteenth  2 Flageolet  2  
Mixture III Tierce  1-3/5  
Cornet IV Oboe  8  
Trumpet  8 Tremulant Sw to Ped
Sw to Gt   Gt to Ped

 

Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, Guelph ON

Casavant Frères, Opus 796 (1919) – III/51, Expanded (2014) Vanderzee

Built in Saint-Hyacinthe, PQ just before the retirement of the founding brothers, the organ presented genuine European 19th century voices. The 2014 expansion added three digital stops, plus a few ranks of pipes, and modernized the console, which now has 250 memory levels and a full range of pistons, giving maximum flexibility to the organist. The instrument is very well suited to romantic music, with a wide range of sonorities, plus the ability to crescendo from very quiet to a thrilling climax, capped by blazing reeds such as trumpets. There is a fine spectrum of solo stops which can blend together to offer a wide tonal palette.

Website: basilicaofourlady.com

Baylor University’s Markham Organ Studio, Waco TX

Létourneau Opus 34 (1993) – III/30

This fine mechanical action instrument is in regular use by Baylor organ students and faculty, and is voiced to match the room. It is unchanged since its installation in 1993.

Website: baylor.edu/music/index.php?id=955612

Central Presbyterian Church, Hamilton ON

Casavant Opus 321 (1908, 1982, 1999) – IV/80

Built in 1908 in Beaux-Arts style by John M. Lyle, the Paris-trained architect, the imposing building is symmetrical and well-proportioned. Its most distinctive features – semi-circular stairwells to balconies at the ends of each transept, an elegant, open-arch tower and a tapering, octagonal spire – offset the flat wall surfaces and create a striking external profile. The organ has four manuals plus a floating Echo division. Installed in 1908 as the second complete Casavant organ in Hamilton, it is generally considered the finest in the city. Tonal revisions were carried out by Alan T. Jackson, of Toronto, in 1982 and 1999. The console was rebuilt in 2008, with 250 memory levels, MIDI, and recording playback.

Address: 165 Charlton Avenue W (at Caroline), Hamilton ON, L8P 2C8

Website: cpchamilton.ca

Central Presbyterian Church - Organ Specifications

 

GREAT SWELL (enclosed)
POSITiVE (enclosed)
Montre 16
Montre 8
Principal 8
Bourdon 8
Cor de chamois 8
Prestant 4
Flûte harmonique 4
Quinte 2b
Doublette 2
Cornet (A22) V
Fourniture IV
Cymbale IV
Trompette 8
Jeu de clochettes
Bourdon 16
Principal 8
Bourdon 8
Viole de gambe 8
Voix céleste TC 8
Aeoline 8
Octave 4
Flûte traversière 4
Nazard 2b
Quarte de nazard 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Fourniture V
Basson 16
Trompette 8
Hautbois 8
Tremblant
Flûte à cheminée 8
Prestant 4
Flûte 4
Flûte des bois 2
Quinte 1a
Cymbale IV
Cromorne 8
Tremblant
PEDAL SOLO (enclosed) ECHO (rear gallery, enclosed)
Soubasse (ext.) 32
Flûte ouverte 16
Violone 16
Bourdon 16
Bourdon doux (réc.) 16
Montre 8
Violoncello (ext.) 8
Flûte (ext.) 8
Bourdon (ext.) 8
Octave 4
Fourniture IV
Bombarde 16
Trompette (ext.) 8
Gross flûte 8
Flûte 8
Gambe 8
Viole d’orchestre 8
Fugara 4
Cor anglais 8
Bombarde 8
Tremblant
Bourdon 8
Viole de gambe 8
Unda maris II 8
Principal 4
Flûte des bois 2
Quinte 1a
Voix humaine 8
Hautbois d’orchestre 8
Clochettes
Célesta (Mustel) (chancel organ)
Tremblant

ECHO PEDALE (enclosed)
Bourdon 16
Principal 8

 

 

Christ’s Church Cathedral, Hamilton ON

Casavant Opus 1048 (1924), Revised 1962 and 1998

The Anglican Cathedral of Christ’s Church was founded in 1842 and the present building erected in High Victorian Gothic style in 1876. Casavant Op. 1048 was installed in 1924, and there were tonal alterations and a new console installed by J. G. Dubé for Casavant in 1962. The Choir division was revised by Alan T. Jackson for Casavant in 1998. The present organ is III/58, with a fine tonal range. Action is all EP, and expression pedals are provided for Sw, Ch and Crescendo.

Website: cathedralhamilton.ca

Christ's Church Cathedral, Organ Specifications

​Casavant Opus 1048 1924/1962/1998   III/64

 

Great Swell (enclosed) Choir (enclosed) Pedal
Principal    16 Geigen Principal 8 Principal  8 Resultant  32
Open Diapason     8 Bourdon  8 Gedeckt  8 Open Diapason  16
Rohrflote   8 Quintadena  8 Octave  4 Violone 16
Gamba   8 Gamba  8 Koppelflote  4 Bourdon 16
Gemshorn   8 Salicional 8 Nazard  2-2/3 Principal (Gt)  16
Principal   4 Aeoline  8 Piccolo  2 Octave Principal (Gt)  8
Chimney Flute 4 Voix celeste (TC)  8 Tierce  1-3/5 Violincello (ext)  8
Twelfth  2-2/3 Octave Geigen  4 Quint Flote  1-1/3 Stopped Flute (ext)  8
Fifteenth  2 Flute Traverse  4 Mixture  2  III Choral Bass (Gt)  4
Blockflote  2 Flautino  2 Clarinet  8 Bass flute (ext)  4
Mixture 1-1/3    IV Cornet 2-2/3  II Festival Trompette (Gt) Super Octave (Gt)
Scharf  1       IV Plein Jeu 1-1/3  V Tremulant Fourniture 2-2/3   IV
Festival Trompette  8 Cymbal 1   III   Trombone  16
  Fagotto  16   Fagotto (Sw)   16
  Oboe  8   Fagot (Sw)   8
  Trompette  8   Festival Trompette (Gt)  8
  Clarion  4   Schalmey  4
  Festival Trompette (Gt) 8    
  Tremulant    

All Usual Couplers

Zimbelstern

 

CIOC Bach-Mobile, Montreal QC

Hauptwerk

In the fall of 2020, with funding from the Conseil des arts de Montréal, CIOC acquired a digital organ and trailer, christened the “Bach-Mobile.” The console is a Hauptwerk organ, which can be set up to give the sounds of different organs that have been electronically sampled. The trailer has its own power supply and the sound is heard through speakers mounted on the trailer, or it can be recorded directly for higher quality. The trailer can readily be moved around the Montreal area to give pop-up outdoor concerts, which always attract a crowd, completely transforming the concept of an organ concert! Thanks to the talents of the CIOC team and film crew, the Bach-Mobile videos were a huge success, garnering nearly 16,000 views in October 2020 alone.

Website: ciocm.org/en

Coventry Cathedral, UK

Harrison & Harrison (1959), Renovated (1986) – IV/74

The 1950’s arguments in favour of romantic or neo-classical style meant much controversy before the specification of the organ as it stands – the work of Sidney Campbell in conjunction with Cuthbert Harrison – was agreed in 1959. The organ is therefore something of a compromise, but in a busy cathedral where many demands are placed upon it – recitals, daily services, major events with capacity congregation – it fulfills its role admirably and is held in high regard.

Website:  coventrycathedral.org.uk/wpsite

Église Ste Anne, Ottawa ON

Casavant Opus 701 (1914, 1988) – III/43

Église Ste Anne was founded in 1872, and became St. Clements in 2012. The organ was built by Casavant in 1914, and improved in 1917. Major renovations were carried out in 1988 by Casavant, including adding electronic memory levels. The instrument is mounted in the west end gallery, and speaks straight down the length of the church, which is in the Romanesque style, projecting simplicity and piety.

Website:  stclement-ottawa.org/en/home

St Clements at Église Ste Anne - Organ Specifications

Casavant 1917 Rebuilt 1988
3 manuals and pedal CC to F
43 stops, 55 ranks 8 combination levels, Couplers at all levels (16,8,4)

SWELL GREAT CHOIR PEDAL
Bourdon  16 Montre 16 Bourdon 8 Flute Ouvert 16
Principal 8 Montre   8 Prestant 4 Soubasse 16
Bourdon 8 Principal  8 Flute Douce 4 Bourdon doux16
Viole de Gamba 8 Flute Double 8/td> Doublette 2 Flute 8
Voix Celeste 8 Salicional 8 Larigot 1 1/3 Octave Basse 8
Principal 4 Prestant 4 Cymbale III/IV Bourdon 8
Flute a Fuseau 4 Flute Ouvert 4 Clarinette 8 Octave 4
Nazard 2 2/3 Doublette 2   Mixture 2 2/3 III
Flute 2 Dessus de Cornet III   Bombarde 16
Tierce 1 3/5 Fourniture V   Trompette 8
Plein Jeu IV-V Clairon 4    
Hautbois 8      
Voix Humaine 8      
Tremblant      

Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, Toronto ON

Gabriel Kney (1970) / Gober Organs (2001) – III/55

The organ was originally built in the 1970’s by Gabriel Kney & Co. for a large music room in a London ON residence. Following the destruction by fire of the previous church, together with its Brunzema organ, this residence organ was acquired by the church and placed in storage until the new building was completed in 2001. The Rückpositiv case remains unchanged. Gober Organs designed and built an entirely new Great façade case and pipes whose design echoes the Rückpositiv. Virtually every rank of pipes was increased in scale and tonally modified. The result is a warm and intensely colourful tone, which is in harmony with the elegant appearance of the façade and worthy of the rich acoustics of the new church.

Website:  oratory-toronto.org/holy-family-parish

St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, New York City NY

Aeolian-Skinner Opus 275 (1918, 1935), Renovated (2005) – V/168

Today’s splendid instrument, the largest in New York, was originally built by Ernest M. Skinner in 1918, and has been expanded several times, until its final rebuild in 1971 by Aeolian-Skinner. The organ comprises 168 stops, 225 ranks and 12,422 pipes and is tonally unchanged since 1971. During the Spring of 2006, a new, movable five-manual console was installed, complete with electronic memory aids. Most pipes are located in the Chancel, and the Celestial division is located high in the dome.

Website:  stbarts.org

St. Basil’s Catholic Parish – St. Michael’s College, Toronto ON

Casavant Opus 800/2578 (1919/1981), Revised 1962, 1981, 2017

St. Basil’s Church, built in 1856, is the founding church of the Congregation of St. Basil in Toronto, the college church of St. Michael’s College, and a parish church serving a large local congregation. Prior to 1919 there was a Warren organ in the gallery, which obscured the rose window. The 2017 improvements included tonal enhancements to give greater clarity to the sound and installing 250 memory levels.

Website:  stbasiltoronto.org

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Hamilton ON

Casavant Opus 1780 (1945), Expanded (2005) – II/29

Founded in 1894, on the then lightly-populated Western edge of the city, St. Joseph’s is today the heart of a busy and popular area of Hamilton. The renovated interior is light and spacious, with the organ and choir loft in the west end gallery. The large two manual Casavant instrument speaks well into the church.

Website: stjosephhamilton.church

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston TX

Schoenstein Organ Company Opus 145 (2004) – IV/80

Since its founding in 1952, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church has grown to become the largest Episcopal Church in North America with more than 9,000 members. The Schoenstein organ was installed in the newly-built church in 2004 in the west gallery. Two of the divisions, the Swell and the Solo, additionally have enclosed interior chambers so there are pipes that are able to sound twice as soft as those sitting in the front or first enclosure.

Website:  stmartinsepiscopal.org

Anglican Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto ON

Breckles & Matthews (1905) – III/27, Rebuilt by Casavant (1980) – III/51

Healey Willan was organist from 1921 to 1968. During his extraordinary tenure the Tuba was installed, and the console moved up to the choir gallery. Under his successor, Giles Bryant, the organ was rebuilt and expanded from 28 stops to 51. In 1980 the organ was rededicated as the Healey Willan Memorial Organ.

Website:  stmarymagdalene.ca

St. Mary Magdalene, Organ Specifications

SWELL (enclosed) GREAT CHOIR (enclosed) PEDAL
Lieblich Bourdon 16
Stopped Diapason 8
Salicional 8
Viola di Gamba 8
Vox Angelica 8 (tenor C)
Principal 4
Suabe Flute 4
Nazard 2 2/3
Octave 2
Tierce 1 3/5
Sharp Mixture IV*
Bassoon 16*
Trumpet 8
Hautboy 8
Shawm 4
Tremulant
Double Open Diapason 16
Open Diapason I 8
Open Diapason II 8
Stopped Diapason 8*
Gamba 8
Octave 4
Nason Flute 4*
Twelfth 2 2/3
Fifteenth 2
Mixture IV*
Cornet V 8 (middle C)*
Trumpet 8*
Clarion 4*
Gedackt 8
Dulciana 8
Unda Maris 8 (tenor C)
Chimney Flute 4
Spire Principal 2*
Larigot 11/3*
Cymbel III*
Cremona 8
Tremulant
Tuba 8
Sub Bourdon 32 (resultant)
Open Metal 16 (Great)
Open Wood 16
Subbass 16
Lieblich Bourdon 16 (Swell)
Octave 8
Flute 8
Fifteenth 4
Recorder 4
Mixture IV*
Ophicleide 16
Bassoon 16 (Swell)
Trumpet 8 (Great)
Clarion 4 (Great)

*new Casavant pipework

Full complement of couplers and pistons.

West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton AB

Létourneau Opus 23 (1991) – II/35

This classic mechanical action instrument is ideally positioned at the front of the church, where it is easy to have an adjacent piano. The current building was erected in 1991, with the organ included in the design from the beginning. There is a good acoustic, and the organ is voiced to support enthusiastic hymn singing, as well as including some unusual stops and delicate effects.

Website:  westendcrc.ca

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