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St. Paul Catholic Church at 1855 W. Harrison Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46385 US - Chapel Organ

Chapel Organ

Chapel Organ

The organ in the Chapel of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, was built by Johnson & Son, of Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1883, as their opus 615, for the First Congregational Church, Faribault, Minnesota.  The Johnson organ was removed to the Faribault Masonic Temple in the 1940’s when the Congregational Church replaced the organ with a two-manual unit organ built by the W. W. Kimball Company of Chicago, Illinois.  The Johnson organ was removed from the Temple and stored temporarily in the early 1990’s.  It was purchased by Saint Paul Church through the Organ Clearing House, then of Harrisville, New Hampshire, in 1993, and was restored and installed in 1994 by the Rutz Organ Company, Morristown, Minnesota.  The organ was awarded Historic Organ Citation #172 by the Organ Historical Society, an award presented by the late John C. Bronson, Chicago-Midwest OHS Chapter President, at the dedication recital, played by Stephen Schnurr, Director of Music, on October 7, 1994.  The organ consists of two manuals, eighteen ranks, 977 pipes, with mechanical key and stop action.  Manual compass is 58 notes (C-A), pedal compass is 27 notes (C-D).  Flat pedal board, Swell Shoe at far right.  Originally, the Great Twelfth and Fifteenth ranks were a two-rank Mixture.  No pipework was altered when the ranks were separated in 1994.


Specification of 1883 Johnson & Son opus 615:


Great (Manual I)

8          Open Diapason (top 22 have tuning sleeves, remainder have tuning scrolls, first 17 in façade, zinc, remainder common metal—58 pipes)

8          Melodia (from Tenor C, first 5 stopped wood, remainder open wood from tenor F, wood—46 pipes)

8          Unison Bass (bottom octave for Melodia and Gamba, stopped wood—12 pipes)

8          Gamba (replacement knob face, top 9 have tuning sleeves, remainder tuning scrolls, from Tenor C, top 22 do not have beards, spotted metal—46 pipes)

8          Dulciana (top 22 have tuning sleeves, remainder tuning scrolls, first 4 capped zinc, then 8 open zinc, remainder spotted metal—58 pipes)

4          Octave (replacement knob face, first 7 have tuning scrolls, remainder tuning sleeves, common metal—58 pipes)

4          Flute d'Amour (replacement knob face, 36 stopped wood with bored stoppers and 22 open common metal with tuning sleeves—58 pipes)

2-2/3     Twelfth (knob formerly operated II Mixture, first 17 have tuning scrolls, remainder tuning sleeves, common metal—58 pipes)

2          Fifteenth (knob formerly operated Bellows Signal, first 12 have tuning scrolls, remainder tuning sleeves, common metal—58 pipes)


Swell (Manual II—Enclosed)

16         Bourdon (stopped wood, from Tenor C—46 pipes)

16         Bourdon (replacement knob face, Bass octave, unenclosed, stopped wood—12 pipes)

8          Open Diapason (first 7 are stopped wood, then 10 zinc (four mitered), 46 with tuning scrolls, top 22 with tuning sleeves, remainder common metal—58 pipes)

8          Stopped Diapason (stopped wood—58 pipes)

8          Viola (first 9 are capped zinc with beards and ears, remainder without beards, then 3 open zinc, #10 is mitered, top 22 have no ears, first 49 have tuning scrolls, top 9 have tuning sleeves, metal—58 pipes)

8          Dolcissimo (from Tenor C, first 24 have tuning scrolls, top 22 have tuning sleeves, spotted metal—46 pipes)       

4          Flute Harmonique (harmonic from middle C, first 36 have ears, first 49 with tuning scrolls, top 9 with tuning sleeves, first 12 of zinc, remainder of common metal—58 pipes)

4          Fugara (from Tenor C, top 34 without beards or ears, first 25 with tuning scrolls, top 21 with tuning sleeves, spotted metal—46 pipes)

2          Piccolo (replacement knob face, first 25 have tuning scrolls, top 33 have tuning sleeves, first twelve with ears, common metal—58 pipes)

8          Oboe (from Tenor C, first 5 have resonators of zinc and spotted metal, remainder are resonators of spotted metal, 9 open common metal flues with tuning sleeves—46 pipes)

8          Bassoon (bottom octave for Oboe, first 9 are mitered, resonators of zinc and spotted metal—12 pipes)

Tremolo (replacement knob face, affects entire organ)



16         Double Open Diapason (on ventil chest at sides of organ C and C#, open wood—27 pipes)

Pedale Check [sic]



Great to Pedal

Swell to Pedal

Swell to Great


Pedal Movements

Great Piano (draws 8' Melodia, 8’ Dulciana, 8’ Unison Bass, 8’ Gamba, retires other stops)

Great Forte (draws all Great stops)


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