St. Paul Organ

Much of the organ derives from the congregation’s Kilgen, which was acquired early in the 20th century.  After many decades of service, it was dismantled from the earlier sanctuary and reinstalled in the present church building in 1957, evidently with some modifications; the exterior of the console was lightened in color.  The room is high and resonant; decay is long.  Visiting instrumental musicians often praise the acoustic.

The organ was thoroughly rebuilt and enlarged by the Schaedle firm in 1992, at which time the interior of the console was replaced and new keyboards and pedalboard installed.  The console is detached and located a considerable distance from the organ.  The sanctuary is traditional, in modified basilica form.  The old altar is against the liturgical east (cardinal south) wall, with a divided, exposed Great above and to either side.  This division includes Gt. Principals 8′, 4′, and 2′ and both mixtures (the 2′ is a 12-pipe extension of the 4′).  The rest of the Great and all of the Pedal division (except Swell extensions) are enclosed in an expression box Epistle side (to the right as you face the altar).  The Swell is in a similar box Gospel side.  Choir seating is Epistle side, about 20 feet from the altar, the choir facing north.  The organ console is past the choir, about 30 feet from the altar, positioned so that the organist also faces (liturgical) north.  Thus, the choir and chancel are to the organist’s right and the congregation to the organist’s left.  Chimes are high on the wall in the back of the sanctuary.

The stoplist is extensive and is detailed blow, but must be interpreted with some care, since borrowings and extensions are numerous.  A unit-flute on the Swell runs from 16′ to 1′.  The Swell Principal is extended to the Octavin and borrowed (!) for most pipes of the Scharf mixture.  The Nazard is independent, but it is extended for the Larigot and borrowed, for the Tierce.  There are two reeds on the organ: the Schalmei and the Trompette, the latter extended up and down.  The 32′ Bombarde is electronic, as is the Resultant.  On the Great, the 4′ Octave is extended for the 2′ Superoctave, and the Gedeckt and Erzuhler 8’s are both extended for 4’s.  The pedal has a unit principal (16′, 8′ and 4′); all else is extended or borrowed.  Of the original Kilgen, only the viole, celeste, and the pedal principal remain reasonably unaltered.  Plenty of other Kilgen pipes remain, but they have been reassigned to new duties (e.g. pipes from the Great Spitzprincipal now serve as the Swell Nazard).

The great and swell boxes are controlled by separate expression shoes.  The console is of typical tilt-tab design.  There is electronic combination action (Peterson, solid state: 10 general pistons, 6+0 swell, 6+0 great, and general cancel and six pedal divisionals on toestuds and a general cancel).  The enclosed chests are Kilgen, the exposed chests are Schaedle; action is electric.  The organ is serviced and tuned twice a year by the Schaedle firm; response is usually quick when extra service is needed.  Local A is 440, since the organ is often used with instrumental ensembles.


Bourdon 16′
Rohrflöte 8′
Viole 8′
Viole Celeste 8′ (TC)
Principal 4′
Rohrflöte 4′
Nazard 2 2/3′
Octavin 2′
Kleinflöte 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Larigot 1′
Fife 1′
Scharf III
Rohr Schalmey 8′
Trompette 16′
Trompette 8′
Clarion 4′

Principal 8′
Holzgedeckt 8′
Erzähler 8′
Erzähler Celeste 8′ (TC)
Octave 4′
Holzflöte 4′
Erzähler 4′
Superoctave 2′
Mixtur IV
Cymbal III
Trompette 8′ (Swell)
Swell to Great 16′
Swell to Great 8′
Swell to Great
Great to Great 16′
Great to Great 4′

Swell to Swell 16′
Swell to Swell 4′
Great to Pedal 8′
Swell to Pedal 8′
Great to Pedal 4′
Well to Pedal 4′

Resultant 32′
Principal 16′
Bourdon 16′
Lieblich Gedeckt 16′
Octave 8′
Holzgedeckt 8′
Rohrflöte 8′
Choralbass 4′
Holzflöte 4′
Kleinflöte 2′
Mixture IV
Contra Bombarde 32′
Rohr Schalmey 8′
Trompette 16′
Trompette 8′
Clarion 4′