Organ

Coming in 2025…Orgues Létourneau Ltée (Opus 140)!!!!

We’re thrilled to announce that our church is now under contract with Orgues Létourneau of Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec to replace the M.P. Möller Gallery Organ (Opus 11700, 1985, 3-manual, 52-rank) and the Möller Chancel Organ (Opus 6113, 1933, 3-manual, 27-rank). The new 3-manual, 52-rank, dual pipe organ is scheduled to be installed in the Fall of 2025.

Learn more about the project

Orgues Létourneau Ltée (Opus 140) is designed to have totals of 56 stops, 52 ranks, and 2,936 pipes distributed over six manual and two pedal divisions in the chancel and gallery. Five of these manual divisions will be located within expression enclosures for superior dynamic control and will be playable from identical three-manual moveable consoles located in the chancel and in the gallery. The instrument will be prepared for the later addition of seven stops, which will increase the organ’s totals to 64 stops, 60 ranks, and 3,347 pipes once installed.

We are excited by Létourneau’s plan for several reasons, including that its design uses 27 ranks of pipework from our existing organs, thus preserving an extensive part of St. John’s legacy, and honoring the investments of the past, for the future. The Létourneau staff is among the best in the industry and installing an instrument of their crafting will not only be a great enhancement for the worship at St. John’s but leverage our community outreach, allowing us to establish an organ recital series, attract musicians of international renown, and develop an “Organ Scholar” program similar to our Choral Scholars where students can learn the art of organ playing.  The “dual organ” design is one of its kind and provides for extreme versatility like none other in the city or region.  

Killis Almond Architects, specializing in Historic Preservation and Restoration, will oversee the restoration of the original 1932 building aspects and the re-design of the gallery in preparation for the organ installation. Elevated pipe chambers in the gallery will facilitate a much-improved layout of the choir loft, adding floor space for the choir and improving overall safety and visual aesthetics in the loft. Design of the organ chambers and gallery will be made in consultation with Architectural Acoustician Anthony Shou of Kirkegaard South LLC to maximize the acoustical impact of the space and the new instrument.

View photos of the progress

As the project progresses, photos of the work will be posted on our “Progress Updates” page.

Donate to the Church Organ Fund

If you would like to contribute to this exciting organ project, you may do so by clicking here.

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