Cathedral of Mary Our Queen - Organs


The cathedral is notable for having two organs. The original organs were installed by M. P. Moller Company of Hagerstown, Maryland (Opus 9200). After 46 years of use and some considerable damage due to water and smoke it was decided that the cathedral organs would be restored. Schantz Organ Company of Ohio was chosen to restore and replace many parts of the original instruments. The restoration started with the removal of the Great Gallery organ and, after it was reinstalled and ready to be played, the Chancel organ was then removed and restored. On Sunday, November 12, the Cathedral used the restored organs.

In addition to new pipe work, voice work, new wind chests, two new identical consoles were built: one for the Gallery and one for the Chancel. This allows the organist to have command of both organs from either console. The chancel console has the ability to be moved around the sanctuary depending on the need. (In the original Moller installation, the Great Gallery organ console was four manuals and had complete control over both the Gallery and Sanctuary organs. The Sanctuary organ console was two manuals, had complete control over the Sanctuary organ and the Gallery organ through "blind" controls. The Sanctuary console was replaced in 1974 due to a fire in the console which caused smoke damage to both organs' pipework.)

The first solo concert performance on the new organ was on July 5, 2007 and was played by Cherry Rhodes as part of the closing ceremonies of the American Guild of Organists convention that was held in Baltimore.

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