Great Organ Completion

2018 - 2019 Organ Completion Work Update

Twenty-four years ago, the first phase of the installation of the Great Organ of the Cathedral was begun. Although it is visually impressive and appears complete, only 2/3 of the pipes were installed at that time. Even in its incomplete state, it was hailed as one of the most impressive pipe organs in the region and is perfectly enhanced by the acoustics of our Cathedral. 

Six years ago, we began a campaign to complete the organ. Within three years we met our goal. We were very fortunate to engage the original builder, Lively-Fulcher Organ builders, to complete the instrument. 

In early June 2018, an interim organ console (a digital electronic organ with speakers) was installed near the organ, allowing us to continue to accompany our liturgies and events until the Great Organ is completed later this year. In late June 2018, a partial dismantling of the current organ began, and new chests and pipes were installed during the summer and fall. As of February 2019, all of the new pipes and chests have been installed. The new keyboards are being mechanically connected to the new chests. At times you will see scaffolding and some façade pipes missing. The long period of voicing the pipes now begins. When the organ is complete later this spring, you will notice dozens of sounds that you have never heard before. It will be as if whole sections of an orchestra that have been silent are now playing!

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of hundreds of parishioners and friends who have embraced the vision of a completed instrument and sacrificed to make it possible.


If you have questions about the completion of the organ, you may contact Tom Stehle at who will try to answer them in our planned monthly updates.

Dedication Concert and Recital

When the Great Organ is complete, it will be one of the most important pipe organs in the Mid-Atlantic. We plan to celebrate the completion of the organ with a dedicatory recital and a series of concerts throughout the following year. We have already received some generous gifts for these dedicatory recitals.  If you have any interest in helping us financially as we plan for these festivities, please contact Tom Stehle at the email address above.