The Great Organ

St. Andrew’s Cathedral Æolian-Skinner Organ

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Hawai‘i’s Largest Pipe Organ

As a prerequisite to traveling to Hawaii, Bishop Staley made provision for an organ for the as yet un-built Cathedral. Since that day St. Andrew’s has been the home of significant examples of the King of Instruments. The current organ is primarily an Æolian-Skinner, built in 1961, the largest organ in the State of Hawaii and ranked in size amongst the top 50 in the world. Not only is it the ultimate accompaniment to liturgy in the Anglican tradition, it is also the foundation for music outreach into the community and the world, attracting internationally recognized organists for recital and recording opportunities, and accompanying non-liturgical performance.  The Cathedral Organ is amongst the largest and most valuable assets and high-profile treasures of the Cathedral and requires significant expert maintenance in a tropical environment lacking constant temperature and humidity control. It is an asset whose future will be carefully managed under the newly emerging entity which will preserve and restore the Cathedral.

For most of the twentieth century the Æolian-Skinner Company of Boston was considered the Rolls Royce of the organ-building world. Notable Æolian-Skinner instruments are found in Boston Symphony Hall, the Mormon Tabernacle, Riverside Church, and The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City. Here in Honolulu, Saint Andrew’s Cathedral is privileged to have its own Æolian-Skinner. With nearly 5000 pipes, it is the largest pipe organ in Hawai`i.

In the 1990’s, under the care of Canon John McCreary, the Organ Completion Fund was begun. The original console was replaced in 1994 by Roger Colby of Tennessee. At that time, preparations were made for adding additional stops. In one year, enough had been collected to begin the first of three phases of the completion. In 1995, 28 stops were added by the Walker Company of Pennsylvania. Included were room-shaking 32’ stops for the Pedal division and colorful orchestral stops for the Solo division. In 1996, 27 stops were added, completing the Antiphonal, Pedal, and Choir divisions. The final phase brought the completion of the Swell division and added the Grand Choeur, which can speak from the front, middle, or back of the nave. For these additions, pipes from other Æolian-Skinner organs were “sampled,” that is, digitally mapped. These new sounds take very little room, use no air, and never need tuning. The organ as it exists today is, thus, the work of many hands.

The 2015 Organ Restoration Project 

Can you imagine the Cathedral of St. Andrew without the sound of its magnificent pipe organ?  The organ has harmonized hymns, resonated through the bodies of those attending worship and concerts, unified a community, and inspired countless people for generations.

Under the stress of six decades of heavy, continuous use and various assaults ranging from a leaking roof to termites, the organ is in serious disrepair.  Due to roof leaks in 2006, 549 pipes are unplayable.  A recent inspection found an additional 166 silent notes in other parts of the organ.  Electrical problems in the termite-ridden console cause not only additional dead notes, but even notes to play at random on their own!  The organ remains playable only though frequent and expensive repair of the most critical failures one by one.  Without a thorough restoration, this instrument is likely to become unusable within a few years.  Click here to read more.

The restoration of the Great Cathedral Organ is made possible through your generous support. Click here to make a tax-deductible online gift.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pedal

Double Diapason 32
Double Violone 32
Double Bourdon 32
Open Wood 16
Contre Bass 16
Violone (Great) 16
Bourdon 16
Subbass 16
Quintade (Choir) 16
Gedeckt (Swell) 16
Erzahler 16
Principal 8
Violone (Great) 8
Open Flute 8
Bourdon 8
Gemshorn 8
Gedeckt (Swell) 8
Octave 4
Solo Flute 4
Chimney Flute (Swell) 4
Super Octave 2
Mixture IV
Contra Bombarde 32
Contra Fagotto (Swell) 32
Bombarde 16
Posaune 16
Fagotto (Swell) 16
Trumpet 8
Krummhorn (Choir) 8
Clarion 4
Schalmei 4
Tuba Ultima (Solo) 8
Pedal
Double Diapason 32
Double Violone 32
Double Bourdon 32
Open Wood 16
Contre Bass 16
Violone (Great) 16
Bourdon 16
Subbass 16
Quintade (Choir) 16
Gedeckt (Swell) 16
Erzahler 16
Principal 8
Violone (Great) 8
Open Flute 8
Bourdon 8
Gemshorn 8
Gedeckt (Swell) 8
Octave 4
Solo Flute 4
Chimney Flute (Swell) 4
Super Octave 2
Mixture IV
Contra Bombarde 32
Contra Fagotto (Swell) 32
Bombarde 16
Posaune 16
Fagotto (Swell) 16
Trumpet 8
Krummhorn (Choir) 8
Clarion 4
Schalmei 4
Tuba Ultima (Solo) 8
Chimes

Antiphonal Pedal

Gemshorn 16
Bourdon 16

Great

Violone 16
Quintade 16
Principal 8
Harmonic Flute 8
Bourdon 8
Gemshorn 8
Octave 4
Spindle Flute 4
Twelfth 22/3
Fifteenth 2
Larigot 11/3
Tierce 13/5
Flagolet 1
Mixture IV
Scharf III
Cymbal III
French Horn (Choir) 8

Antiphonal

Gemshorn 16
Principal 8
Gedeckt 8
Gemshorn 8
Gemshorn Celeste 8
Octave 4
Spillflute 4
Super Octave 2
Mixture III-IV
Double Trumpet 16
Trumpet 8
Clarion 4
Ant. to Ant. 4

Solo

Contra Gamba 16
Stentorphon e 8
Flauto Mirabilis 8
Gamba 8
Gamba Celeste 8
Orchestral Flute 4
Flute Twelfth 22/3
Orchestral Bassoon 16
Tuba Ultima (West End) 8
Harmonic Trumpet 8
Tuba Mirabilis 8
Basset Horn 8
Cor Anglais 8
Hautbois d’Orchestre 8
Cor d’Harmonie 8
Chimes
Tremulant
Solo to Solo 16
Solo to Solo 4
Solo Unison Off

Grand Choeur

Montre 16
Montre 8
Prestant 4
Doublette 2
Grand Jeu IV-VI
Bombarde 16
Trompette 8
Clarion 4

Swell

Bourdon 16
Principal 8
Chimney Flute 8
Gamba 8
Voix Celeste 8
Flute Celeste 8
Echo Viola Celeste II 8
Octave 4
Harmonic Flute 4
Super Octave 2
Recorder 2
Sifflote 1
Mixture IV
Cymbal III
Sesquialtera II
Fagotto 16
Trumpet 8
Fagotto 8
English Horn 8
Cor d’Armore 8
Vox Angelica 8
Vox Humana 8
Clarion 8
Tremulant
Swell to Swell 16
Swell to Swell 4
Swell Unison Off
Harmonic Trumpet 8
(Solo)
Choir to Swell 8

Choir

Quintade 16
Principal 8
Harmonic Flute 8
Gedeckt 8
Viola 8
Viola Celeste 8
Erzahler Celeste II 8
Dolcan 8
Dolcan Celeste 8
Octave 4
Fugara 4
Chimney Flute 4
Nazard 22/3
Super Octave 2
Nachthorn 2
Tierce 13/5
Larigot 11/3
Mixture IV
Bass Clarinet 16
Trumpet 8
Krummhorn 8
Orchestral Oboe 8
Clarion 4
Rohr Schalmei 4
Harp 8
Celesta 4
Tremulant
Choir to Choir 16
Choir to Choir 4
Choir Unison Off
Tuba Ultima (Solo) 8

Couplers

Great to Pedal 8
Grand Choeur to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 8
Choir to Pedal 8
Solo to Pedal 8
Antiphonal to Pedal 8
Swell to Pedal 4
Choir to Pedal 4
Solo to Pedal 4
Pedal Divide
Swell to Great 16
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Choir to Great 16
Choir to Great 8
Choir to Great 4
Solo to Great 16
Solo to Great 8
Solo to Great 4
Antiphonal on Great 8
Choir to Swell 8
Antiphonal on Swell 8
Solo to Swell 8
Grand Choeur 8
on Choir
Swell to Choir 16
Swell to Choir 8
Swell to Choir 4
Solo to Choir 16
Solo to Choir 8
Solo to Choir 4
Antiphonal on Choir 8
Grand Choeur on Solo 8
Swell to Solo 8
Antiphonal on Solo 8
Tutti Great to Solo 8

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