The Organ Project

Below you’ll find some information about the two organs which are currently installed in our church and chapel. You’ll also find information about the organs which are being proposed to replace our two aging instruments.

OUR CURRENT ORGANS

Chapel organ (35+ years old)

  • installed in the early 1980’s
  • manufactured by the Allen Organ Company
  • completely electronic (there are no pipes)
  • creates synthesized organ sounds via an internal computer and external audio system
  • onboard computer system uses outdated 1970’s technology (including punch cards) with very limited processing power and minimal storage capacity
  • combination action does not work and key contacts are failing (not worth the cost of repairing)

Church organ (24 years old)

  • installed in November 1995
  • manufactured by the Allen Organ Company
  • organ is completely electronic (there are no pipes)
  • creates synthesized organ sounds via an internal computer and external audio system
  • onboard computer system uses outdated 1980’s & ‘90’s technology with very limited processing power and storage capacity

As with any machine which gets a lot of use, electronic organs suffer from wear and tear and sometimes things stop working. As the years go by it becomes less and less cost-effective to make repairs to decades-old technology. (Interestingly, a modern smartphone has more processing power and storage capacity than both of our organs combined.) Our aging organs have been played at thousands of weekend and Holy day Masses, funerals, weddings and other services. Replacing these instruments will help ensure quality music at our liturgies for years to come.

THE PROPOSED NEW CHURCH AND CHAPEL ORGANS
  • both organs will be custom built to the highest standard by the Walker Technical Company, Inc., Center Valley, Pennsylvania
  • both organs will be completely electronic (there will be no pipes), although, because of the flexibility of the control systems, pipes can be added in the future
  • both organs will have state-of-the-art computer processing power and memory storage
  • both organs will produce incredibly realistic organ sounds which have been carefully sampled from pipe organs in the U.S. and abroad
  • both organs will be meticulously voiced, note-by-note, to suit the church and the chapel
  • the church organ will be a 4-manual instrument with 7 divisions, offering a broad diversity of sound for the many liturgies which take place in the church, from the smallest gatherings to the great festivals of the liturgical year
  • the chapel organ will be a 2-manual instrument with 3 divisions perfectly suited to the chapel’s intimate environment

We invite you to make a contribution today to help us reach our goal of $264,000. If you have any questions about our current organs or the proposed instruments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Curtis Wallace at curtis@stmargaretmary.org or Mark Duvall at mark@stmargaretmary.org.