OUR PIPE Organ
Discover the historic instrument that continues to bring beauty to our church and our community.
The current organ, situated high up in chambers on both sides of the divided chancel, was built in 1963 by the French-Canadian firm Casavant Frères and subsequently rebuilt and enlarged in 1996 by Orgues Létourneau.
Why was this work being done? “The organ sounds fine to me!” To the casual listener, the organ might sound perfectly acceptable, but a closer inspection will yield some surprising and troubling results. Heavy and constant use, over-crowding in the organ chambers, and huge swings in temperature and humidity have taken their toll on the complex instrument. More and more pipes are being silenced and no longer functional. Regular maintenance is very difficult to perform. Some pipes have completely collapsed from their own weight. Our Casavant organ was built in 1963 and has faithfully served our Parish for over 50 years. A complete overhaul was necessary to ensure that our organ will last another 50 years or more!
Now that the organ has been restored, the change is immediately noticeable. Listeners have commented on the warmth of the organ and how the sound envelopes you without being overbearing. Thank you to all our supporters and to Foley-Baker for making this pipe dream a reality!
ORGAN REMOVAL PROCESS
This time lapse video shows the entire removal process. During these two weeks, normal services were held in the church, including five Sunday services, two Thursday morning services, and one wedding.