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November 2009

Maintenance workers for the Cathedral Heritage Foundation removed the wooden screen to gain access to the Cathedral’s sanctuary organ.

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November 2009

 Through a narrow crawl space above the passageway to the sacristy, workers reached pipes in the Swell division.

Sanctuary  organ pipes  all shapes and sizes will be get a full tune-up at the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop
November 2009

Sanctuary organ pipes all shapes and sizes will be get a full tune-up at the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop

Sanctuary organ before it was dismantled for refurbishing.
November 2009

Sanctuary organ before it was dismantled for refurbishing.

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November 2009

 Pipes were removed from the Choir division and packed for transportation to the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop in Warrensburg, Missouri  

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November 2009

A set of clarinet pipes from the choir division are carefully packed for transport to the Quimby workshop in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Cathedral of St. Paul - Carvings
August 2010

The walnut carvings will be incorporated into the two new twin consoles designed to harmonize with the furnishings around the Cathedral’s altar.

Zinc for 32' Bombarde and other pipes longer than 4'
August 2010

The crates contain sheets of metal zinc which will be used to craft the 32 foot Bombarde pipes and many of the other large pipes of the organ.

Spotted metal reserved for new flues and reeds
August 2010

These rolls of spotted sheet metal will be poured into molds to make flues and reeds. The metal is referred to as “spotted” because the metal alloy of tin and lead when cured resembles the spotted pattern of a leopard’s pelt.

New Reed Boot Assemblies
August 2010

These partially constructed new Reed Boot Assemblies are responsible for creating the vibrating sounds of the organ.

BBBB 32' Bombarde Reed Block Assembly
August 2010

This Bombarde Reed Block Assembly is part of a motor assembly for the pedal bombarde stop. The pipe to be fitted on top will stand approximately 17 feet in length.

A Bombarde Reed Assembly
August 2010

Here, one of the pipe-makers holds the bottom portion of what will become the “bombarde” reed pipe for the pedal keyboard. The “bombarde” stop is a one of the low-pitched pipes on the pedal keyboard.

The Quimby Pipe Shop
August 2010

This Quimby technician is making custom-fitted slides that go on top of the pipes for tuning purposes.

Kim Vaserling
April 2011

Dr. Kim Vaserling, Professor of Music, Saint John’s University, was the first to play the refurbished and reinstalled historic E.M. Skinner organ in the sanctuary.  He accompanied the Kantorie Choral for a special Palm Sunday vespers conducted by Dr. Axel Theimer, also of Saint John’s University

We held the final organ demonstrations up in the choir loft August 28, 2011. More than 125 people took advantage of this last op
August 2011

We held the final organ demonstrations up in the choir loft August 28, 2011. More than 125 people took advantage of this last opportunity to climb up into the gallery before it was closed for renovations.

Following the demonstrations, we invited visitors to sit on the bench and play a tune on the 1967 Aeolian-Skinner organ before i
August 2011

Following the demonstrations, we invited visitors to sit on the bench and play a tune on the 1967 Aeolian-Skinner organ before it was prepared for transport to the Quimby workshop.

Removal from box
September 2011

Quimby Pipe Organ workers from Warrensburg, MI remove the pipes from the Gallery organ swell box for refurbishing.

Removal of console
September 2011

The gallery organ console was also removed to make room for the new console.

Removing pipe from the Gallery to be transported to the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop in Warrensburg, MO
September 2011

Removing pipe from the Gallery to be transported to the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop in Warrensburg, MO

Duncan Stroik
November 2011

The casework designed by University of Notre Dame architect, Duncan Stroik, was selected by the Cathedral Heritage Foundation Board of Curators.

Casework Design
November 2011

Duncan Stroik’s casework design is meant to pay homage to the original vision of the Cathedral architect, Emmanuel Masqueray, while improving upon the design to complement the East Rose Window

Scaffolding 2
February 2012

An elaborate scaffolding system was erected to install a lighting system around the East Rose Window and the gallery choir loft.

Scaffolding 1
February 2012

A few prayers were said before climbing this erector set.

Flooring 2
March 2012

Contractors install new electrical and mechanical (heating) wiring in the gallery.

Flooring 1
March 2012

JE Dunn starts the work on installing hardwood flooring.

Risers
March 2012

New choir risers were built by JE Dunn in addition to new heating and lighting system. The gallery is now fully handicapped accessible.

Organ console 1
April 2012

The new console for the gallery organ is starting to take shape.

A front view of the gallery organ console.
April 2012

A front view of the gallery organ console.

Swags 1
April 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

Swag 2
April 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

Swags 3
April 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

Swags 4
April 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

Swags 5
May 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

Swags 6
May 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

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May 2012

Master woodcarvers from Agrell Architectural Carving in San Francisco are creating the casework for the Cathedral's gallery pipe organ.

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September 2012
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September 2012
Angels
November 2012

Angels for the casework have begun taking shape at the Agrell Architectural Carving studios in San Rafael, California.

Angels chisels
November 2012

Nearly two dozen different chisels are being used to carve the delicate intricacies of the angels’ wings.

 

Angels shaped
November 2012

Here the angel’s shape has been “glued up and roughed out” ready to be shaped.

 

Carving process
November 2012

Sculptor Cody Swanson refers to his clay model of St. Cecilia (left) as he carefully carves the elegant form in wood. St. Cecilia, the patron saint of music, will stand in the center of gallery casework.

 

Console key
November 2012

Meanwhile, in Warrensburg, Missouri, at the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop, the masterplan is finalized for the console key desk with every stop and pipe named. Both consoles will identical.

 

Organ face and facade
November 2012

The new organ case will include nonspeaking (silent) pipes in addition to many new pipes for a grand total of 84 ranks (sets of pipes) and 5953 organ pipes.

 

twin consoles
November 2012

The Cathedral’s two new twin consoles sit in the Quimby workshop awaiting finishing touches. All the woodwork is walnut with matching stains selected by the Cathedral to coordinate with existing woodwork.

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November 2012

Here are the most recent illustrations from the architects, Duncan Stroik, of South Bend, Indiana. These pictures give a better idea of scale for the organ case work.

 

Front
November 2012

Here are the most recent illustrations from the architects, Duncan Stroik, of South Bend, Indiana. These pictures give a better idea of scale for the organ case work.

 

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November 2012

Here are the most recent illustrations from the architects, Duncan Stroik, of South Bend, Indiana. These pictures give a better idea of scale for the organ case work.

 

Angels
November 2012

And the Saint comes marching in! Saint Cecilia is now in its final form and awaiting final touches. The 20-inch statue will have a finish applied and partially gilded. The small organ, held by St. Cecilia, will be fully gilded, adding a shiny focal point at the center of the casework.

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December 2012

An Agrell painter is adding gold leaf paint to the walnut swags which will adorn the top of the towers in the gallery.

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December 2012

The process of applying gold-leaf paint is referred to has gilding.

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December 2012

On the first few swags, or festoons, the gilding came out darker. These will be cleaned and re-gilded to have a “greater gold” appearance. This swag with rosettes wraps around the top of each tower.

 

Tower 7
January 2013

Agrell has started to assemble the pieces of the two towers for the gallery casework.

Tower 9
January 2013

Agrell has started to assemble the pieces of the two towers for the gallery casework.

Tower 10
January 2013

The walnut towers will feature ornate items including pineapples, rosettes, swags and festoons.

Tower 11
January 2013

The walnut towers will feature ornate items including pineapples, rosettes, swags and festoons.

Tower 12
January 2013

The walnut towers will feature ornate items including pineapples, rosettes, swags and festoons.

Bombarde
January 2013

Here are the more recent ranks of pipe for the Aeolian-Skinner Organ (Choir Gallery) which have been regulated on the voicing machine in the Quimby Pipe Organ workshop:

The "Bombarde 2' Fifteenth" is a bright, treble stop at home on the 4th (top) keyboard. It is used to add color and brilliance to the pipework in what is the most powerful division of the organ.

Bourdon
January 2013

The "Great 8' Bourdon" is a stopped flute. Its pipes are at home on the 2nd keyboard (Great division). The pipes have a sweet, fluty tone and serve as the foundation for all types and periods of organ literature.

Great 4
January 2013

The "Great 4' Octave" is also found on the 2nd keyboard (Great division). It is a member of the "principal" family of tone colors - a sound unique to the pipe organ. It is often the first stop added to a rank of 8' pitch to add color and brilliance.

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January 2013

January 11, 2013 Quimby Pipe Organ workers load the new organ consoles at their Warrensburg, Missouri workshop for delivery to the Cathedral.  

The pedal board of the first console is being loaded.

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January 2013

The first console is lifted into the truck

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January 2013

The first console is lifted into the truck

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January 2013

The first console is lifted into the truck

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January 2013

The second console is being lifted in the truck with the first console wrapped and strapped in the truck already.

In truck
January 2013

Both consoles are wrapped and strapped into the truck.

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January 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ employee Kevin Lors helps line up one of two organ consoles as it comes off a truck at the Cathedral of St. Paul on Monday, January 13, 2013. Installation will take three months to complete and will include the great organ casework of walnut and gilt designed by Duncan G. Stroik, a renowned professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

Workers unload two new organ consoles, mechanical components and structural materials. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

Quimby employee Kevin Lors of Warrensburg, Mo., added refinished structural material for the pipe organ inside the Cathedral of St. Paul. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

Tom Madison of Pine City moves structural pieces for the pipe organ into the cathedral. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

With the Cathedral of St. Paul in the background, an air supply pipe is unloaded. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

Truck driver Richard Mowen f St. Joseph, Mo., lugged a 10-foot air supply pipe off his truck. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

Richard Nickerson of Melrose, Mass., helped guide an organ console off a truck. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

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January 2013

Much of the Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ rests on the pews, awaiting assembly. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)

Carved Angel 1
January 2013

Ian Agrell, British Master Carver, and his artisans, have just applied a seal to the angel which will grace the south side of the gallery casework.

Carved Angel 2
January 2013

Here’s a closer look at the intricate carving.

Carved Angel 3
January 2013

This angel holds a lute and the second angel heralding from the north side will hold a trumpet.

Carved Angel 4
January 2013

Mr. Agrell intends to add gilding to the instrument and the drapery, much like that done with the carving of St. Cecilia, seen on the next photo.

Carved Angel 5
January 2013

St. Cecilia is all but finished and ready for the trip from California to Minnesota and her lofty perch in the center of the Cathedral Gallery.

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

It’s ready to make the trip. The final touches have been made on the Gallery casework. The trucks will be arriving from California on Feb. 18th and the installation begins!

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February 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ workers have removed the old wind chest for the “Great” Division of the instrument, to make room for new wind chests that will feed the new “Bombarde” Division, and a new structure beneath it to support the Great Division. A wind chest, one of many in the instrument, is the pressurized structure (fed by reservoirs) with air valves surrounded by leather for each pipe, upon which the organ pipes are set.

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February 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ workers have removed the old wind chest for the “Great” Division of the instrument, to make room for new wind chests that will feed the new “Bombarde” Division, and a new structure beneath it to support the Great Division. A wind chest, one of many in the instrument, is the pressurized structure (fed by reservoirs) with air valves surrounded by leather for each pipe, upon which the organ pipes are set.

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February 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ workers have removed the old wind chest for the “Great” Division of the instrument, to make room for new wind chests that will feed the new “Bombarde” Division, and a new structure beneath it to support the Great Division. A wind chest, one of many in the instrument, is the pressurized structure (fed by reservoirs) with air valves surrounded by leather for each pipe, upon which the organ pipes are set.

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February 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ workers have removed the old wind chest for the “Great” Division of the instrument, to make room for new wind chests that will feed the new “Bombarde” Division, and a new structure beneath it to support the Great Division. A wind chest, one of many in the instrument, is the pressurized structure (fed by reservoirs) with air valves surrounded by leather for each pipe, upon which the organ pipes are set.

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February 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ workers have removed the old wind chest for the “Great” Division of the instrument, to make room for new wind chests that will feed the new “Bombarde” Division, and a new structure beneath it to support the Great Division. A wind chest, one of many in the instrument, is the pressurized structure (fed by reservoirs) with air valves surrounded by leather for each pipe, upon which the organ pipes are set.

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February 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ workers have removed the old wind chest for the “Great” Division of the instrument, to make room for new wind chests that will feed the new “Bombarde” Division, and a new structure beneath it to support the Great Division. A wind chest, one of many in the instrument, is the pressurized structure (fed by reservoirs) with air valves surrounded by leather for each pipe, upon which the organ pipes are set.

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February 2013

The box with black springs and white high-grade leather visible on the corners is one of many reservoirs that feed the chests and keep the supply of pressurized air stable, no matter how may pipes are sounding.

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

The Pipe Organ Registry opened this weekend. After all the masses, people stepped up to adopt pipes, pedals, stops and keys. We raised $12,228! Pick your pipe and own a piece of Cathedral history. DONATE

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

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February 2013

Agrell Wood Carvers have arrived with our new casework! Stop in for a visit to see this splendid addition take shape in the Cathedral’s gallery.

Architect Duncan Stroik and Master Woodcarver Ian Agrell both visited their project in late February. They are holding the statu
February 2013
MPR reporter Dan Olson interviews Ian Agrell while Duncan Stroik waits his turn
February 2013

MPR reporter Dan Olson interviews Ian Agrell while Duncan Stroik waits his turn

Pennies for pipes
February 2013

Deposit spare change here!  These “Pennies for Pipes” collectors will make their debut in the Cathedral this weekend. A big “thank you” goes out to David Cooper, Pipefitting instructor at Saint Paul college, for fashioning these from our old organ pipes. All donations go to the organ project.

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February 2013

On Feb.18th, workers from Agrell Wood Carving began the delicate work of hoisting all the hand-carved elements of the new casework into the gallery for assembly.

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February 2013
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February 2013

Swag and Tower

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February 2013

Fleur de Lis

Agrell 7 MPR photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson documenting the process.JPG
February 2013

Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson documenting the process

Agrell 7 Swags tethered and ready to be hoisted.JPG
February 2013

Swags tethered and ready to be hoisted

Agrell 7.5. Large swag carefully lowered into place on the north tower.JPG
February 2013

Large swag carefully lowered into place on the north tower

Agrell 8 Hoising one of eight beautiful hand-carved ovals up the gallery.JPG
February 2013

Hoisting one of eight beautiful hand-carved ovals up the galler
 

Agrell 8.5 Oval lowered into place on the north tower.JPG
February 2013

Oval lowered into place on the north tower
 

Agrell 9. Geoffrey Arko of Geoff's Wood Working, sports a t-shirt with the gallery casework.JPG
February 2013

Geoffrey Arko of Geoff's Wood Working, sports a t-shirt with the gallery casework.

Agrell 10. Geoffrey Arko and the safety inspection official watching the hoisting process.JPG
February 2013

Geoffrey Arko and the safety inspection official watching the hoisting process.

Agrell 11. MPR Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson with the angels.JPG
February 2013

MPR Photojournalist Jeffrey Thompson with the angels.

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February 2013

Angel

Agrell 13. No fear of heights for these workman walking scaffolding 120 feet off the ground.JPG
February 2013

No fear of heights for these workman walking scaffolding 120 feet off the ground.

Quimby. Richard with Quimby Pipe Organs and his son oversee the dismantling of the original 1927 E.M. Skinner console which will
February 2013

Richard with Quimby Pipe Organs and his son oversee the dismantling of the original 1927 E.M. Skinner console which will be put on display in the Cathedral museum.

Catholic Spirit photographer captures new console being rolled up to the Santuary
February 2013

Catholic Spirit photographer captures new console being rolled up to the Santuary

It's all hands on deck for this piece
February 2013

It's all hands on deck for this piece

Job well done, Quimby Pipe Organ folks!!
February 2013

Job well done, Quimby Pipe Organ folks!!

Beautiful!!  New console is in the Sanctuary, but not yet operational.
February 2013

Beautiful!!  New console is in the Sanctuary, but not yet operational.

Crates upon crates of new and mostly refurbished organ pipes ready to be installed.
February 2013

Crates upon crates of new and mostly refurbished organ pipes ready to be installed.

Wood carver Scott Richter standing beneath the north tower corbel which he carved.
February 2013

Wood carver Scott Richter standing beneath the north tower corbel which he carved.

Just a small portion of crates containing thousands and thousands of pipes ranging from 32 feet in length to the size of a penci
March 2013

Just a small portion of crates containing thousands and thousands of pipes ranging from 32 feet in length to the size of a pencil.

Another key sponsored on the Pipe Organ Registry!
March 2013

Another key sponsored on the Pipe Organ Registry!

Up in the gallery, the casework is getting filled in with pipes.
March 2013

Up in the gallery, the casework is getting filled in with pipes.

March 14 Crates of pipes waiting to be lifted in Gallery
March 2013
The large facade pipes are next to be installed in the Gallery
March 2013
QPO Chris Emerson blows a sweet sound from one of the 4000 refurbished pipes
March 2013
sideways pipes
June 2013

Quimby Head Voicer Eric Johnson voiced the rank of reed pipes (85) that belong to the 32’Contre Bombarde before transport to the Cathedral in late May. The pipes were too tall to stand up in the shop, so Mr. Johnson voiced the rank of pipes horizontally!

Eric Johnson
June 2013

Quimby Head Voicer, Eric Johnson, just completed the voicing process on the Pontifical Trompette on our voicing machine. This reed rank is voiced on 30" of wind pressure! It is LOUD! The “voicing machine” for organ pipes is essentially an organ with no pipes. The highly-skilled voicer can place freshly built pipes or refurbished pipes into the machine to adjust for pitch, timbre and attack points.

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June 2013

 We are fortunate to have such good neighbors. This past winter, teachers at the Saint Paul College were very enthusiastic about using miscellaneous pieces from the organ project to create fundraising tools for us.

During their spring term, students went to work on building a large fundraising gauge to mark our progress on the SOUND OFF! organ campaign.

We extend our thanks to the following instructors at Saint Paul College: Doug DeRosier (Auto Body), Carl Zitzer (Sheet Metal), David Cooper (Pipefitting), and Tom Hillstead (Cabinet Making). In gratitude, the Cathedral Heritage Foundation has sponsored a pipe honoring the Saint Paul College. Thank you all!

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June 2013

 Mary Connelly of the Cathedral Welcome Center adds red blocks to the fundraising thermometer – it’s getting warmer! We’ve almost reached the $3 Million mark. $464, 191 left to raise!

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July 2013

Beauty shots from Liam Flahive

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July 2013

Beauty shots from Liam Flahive

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July 2013

Beauty shots from Liam Flahive

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July 2013

 Beauty shots from Liam Flahive

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July 2013

  Beauty shots from Liam Flahive

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August 2013

Quimby Pipe Organs brought in Dr. Ken Cowan, a professor of organ performance at Rice University, to run the recently tuned Æolian-Skinner organ through the paces.

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August 2013

Quimby Pipe Organs brought in Dr. Ken Cowan, a professor of organ performance at Rice University, to run the recently tuned Æolian-Skinner organ through the paces.

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August 2013

Dr. Cowan discusses the gallery organ with Lawrence Lawyer and Dr. Sean Vogt, of the Cathedral Sacred Music Department.

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August 2013

Organ team! Chris Emerson (QPO), Michael Quimby (QPO) Deacon Mark Johanns, Pat Ryan (CHF Board member), Lawrence Lawyer, the Cathedral’s Acting Director of Sacred Music.

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October 2013

Star Tribune photographer David Joles captures the fine-tuning process the day before its unveiling!

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October 2013

Here are the tools used in tuning an organ.

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October 2013

Another perspective: Star Tribune photographer and tuning on gallery organ

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October 2013

(Left to Right) Chris Emerson, Project Manager; Eric Johnson, Head Voicer; Janille Rehkop, Project Manager; Michael Quimby, President. Our most heartfelt gratitude for the time and talents of everyone at Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc.

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October 2013

Quimby Pipe Organ employees who worked on the project traveled from Warrensburg, Missouri, for the Inaugural Organ Concert.

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October 2013

Fr. John Ubel, Cathedral rector, and Michael Quimby, President, QPO, Inc., mark the historic occasion.

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October 2013

Crescendo!! $3.4 million has been raised to refurbish the Cathedral organs and the SOUND OFF! campaign is finished. Thank you to everyone who donated to the project.

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October 2013

Cathedral Heritage Foundation Board Chair Mary Schaffner introduces the organist

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October 2013

Chief Organist of Cath├ędral Notre-Dame de Paris, Olivier Latry, SOUNDS OFF! for the inaugural concert.

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October 2013

Historic crowds fill the Cathedral for the Inaugural Organ Concert  

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October 2013

Latry is the titular “head” organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris and teaches at the Paris Conservatory. Photo: Dianne Towalski/The Catholic Spirit

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February 2014

Cathedral Organist Lawrence Lawyer records organ music for Red Bull Crashed Ice Event

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March 2014

Good crowds turned out on Saturday, March 29th to hear their piece of the organ SOUND OFF!  Listen to a few in the Video Blog and stay tuned for the second organ demonstration following Easter.

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