Cathedral Pipe Organ Project


The Cathedral's pipe organ is being restored! Holy Trinity Cathedral, built as a parish church in 1891, has seen three pipe organs:

1903 - Vogelpohl & Spaeth

1923 - Reuter Organ Co (Opus 97) II/21

1981 - Daniel Jaeckel (Opus 4) II/36

The last installed instrument, built in 1981, suffered from numerous structural and mechanical problems. Roughly 95% of the pipework will be refurbished and retained. German nomenclature as well as German crafted reed pipes (marked in red) will continue to tie the new instrument with its strong community and cultural heritage.

A new pipe organ case built of solid hardwoods will adorn the redesigned choir loft. The previous two-manual instrument will be replaced with a new three-manual moveable console. Benefits of the moveable and electronic console will greatly assist the needs of the community and parish, as well as provide a greatly enlarged instrument with substantial cost savings. Approximately 9 new sounds will be added (15 ranks), many of which are needed softer sounds, affording a greater versatility in use for congregational and choral singing, small and large ensembles, concerts, etc.

A new wind supply system will be installed within an enclosed room behind the choir loft, allowing the organ case to be slightly further back in the loft. This in turn will create more room for choral and instrumental space in the choir loft. A new series of choir risers will be designed, with the moveable organ console in mind.

Work on the organ began in Dec 2014. Our current instrument was removed in May 2015. The new instrument is scheduled to be completed during late 2016 - early 2017.

Overall, the new Cathedral pipe organ will be much more functional and useable for the average organist, as well as more versatile and colorful for the professional organist. It will be more capable of leading congregational song, providing a model of Sacred music and Liturgy for the Diocese, and promote the performing arts for the civic and greater Minnesota community.

1500+ pipes were removed May 2015 for restoration and reuse.

1500+ pipes were removed May 2015 for restoration and reuse.