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Saint Joseph Abbey
St. Benedict, Louisiana

Opus 73, 1999

Cover feature of the April, 2001
issue of The American Organist

GREAT Pipes
16' Prestant partly in façade 58
8' Principal 58
8' Chimney Flute 58
4' Octave 58
2-2/3' Quinte 58
2' Super Octave 58
IV Cornet 4' mounted, c25 - d51   108
IV Mixture 1-1/3' 232
8' Trumpet 58
Swell to Great
Positive to Great
SWELL (expressive)
8' Harmonic Flute 58
8' Viole 58
8' Celeste FF 53
4' Principal 58
4' Traverse Flute 58
2' Piccolo 58
16' Bassoon 58
8' Oboe 58
POSITIVE
8' Gedackt 58
8' Gemshorn 58
4' Principal partly in façade 58
4' Chimney Flute 58
2' Octave 58
1-1/3' Quinte 58
II Sesquialtera 2-2/3' 116
II Sharp Mixture 1/2' 116
8' Cromorne 58
Tremulant
Swell to Positive
PEDAL
16' Open Bass wood 32
16' Prestant GR
16' Subbass 32
8' Octave 32
8' Flute ext. Open Bass 16' 12
8' Bourdon ext. Subbass 16' 12
4' Choralbass ext. Octave 8' 12
16' Trombone wood 32
8' Trumpet ext. Trombone 16' 12
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Positive to Pedal
Mechanical key action
Electric stop action
Casework of white oak, with Positive division
suspended below main case

The organ occupies the north transept of this cruciform building. Of note is the suspended Positive division, which is placed between the gallery floor and the detached console below. The organ has mechanical key action and electric stop action. A number of pipes were retained from the Abbey's previous instrument.

Recent renovation of the Abbey Church was directed by Frank Kacmarcik, Liturgical Consultant, and Lee Tollefson of Rafferty Rafferty Tollefson Architects of St. Paul. Acoustician Robert Mahoney has provided valuable advice on preserving the fine acoustics of this space, which has a reverberation time of more than four seconds at mid-range frequencies.

Delores Bruch served the Abbey as Organ Consultant. Fr. Sean Duggan is the Abbey Organist.

 

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