The Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Bridgeport

1979 Moller/2014 A. Thompson-Allen III/42 ranks

The Cathedral of Saint Augustine is the main church for the Diocese of Bridgeport. It includes 87 parishes throughout Fairfield County and 460,000 registered catholics. The Cathedral today in addition to many Diocese special services is home to English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Portuguese congregations that meet at various times during the week and month.

Celebration of the Alma Schenk Hiendlmayr Memorial Organ at St. Augustine’s Cathedral Church

Starting in September 2011, A. Thompson-Allen, was enlisted in a three-phase process to completely renovate and refurbish the Cathedral Organ.  The project included repair and maintenance of its mechanism and internal workings, the rehabilitation of its existing pipework and its augmentation with new pipework. 

That work has now been completed in June 2014. The result is a highly versatile, flexible and reliable pipe organ that will serve The Cathedral Parish and the Diocese of Bridgeport well for generations to come not only for liturgical use as a Cathedral-style instrument, but also as a fine work of art on which can be played the vast corpus of organ literature, both solo and with instrumental, choral and symphonic accompaniment.

This complete and thorough tonal overhaul has been conducted to the extent that each and every single stop from the former 1979 M.P. Moller Opus 11385 and the pipework additions from Peragallo Opus 655 (2003) have been either revoiced, replaced or deleted.  The work done to the instrument is thus so comprehensive that it is now considered as Opus 124 of the A. Thompson-Allen Company.  The existing organ has three manuals and 42 ranks of pipework, with a total of 54 speaking stops.  Significant among the tonal changes is the completely reworking of the Positif division into a beautiful and Choir division, an additional 8’ Diapason and English-style 8’ Trumpet added to the Great division, and the replacement of the former half-length 32’ reed with a full-length 32’ Bombarde.

Stop List

M.P. Möller, 1979, Opus 11385
A. Thompson-Allen, Opus 124

GREAT 3-1/2” WP                              Pipes
16’         Sub Principal                         61
8’           Principal                                61
8’           Diapason (extension 16’)        12
8’           Flute Harmonique (TC)           49
8’           Bourdon                                61
8’           Viole de Gambe                      61
4’           Prestant                                 61
4’           Koppelflute                             61
2-2/3’     Twelfth                                  61
2’            Fifteenth                               61
1-3/5’      Seventeenth                          61
III-V        Fourniture                            268
8’            Trumpet                                 61
8’            Pontifical Trumpet (TC) 7”       49
Tremulant

SWELL 3-1/2” WP                                Pipes
16’         Bourdon                                   61
8’           Diapason                                  61
8’           Stopped Diapason (ext. 16’)      12
8’          Salicional                                   61
8’          Voix Celeste (TC)                       49
4’          Octave                                      61
4’           Open Flute                                61
2’           Flute (extension of 4’ Flute)       12
III-IV      Plein Jeu                                 232
16’         Basson                                      61
8’           Trompette                                 61
8’           Hautbois (extension 16’)            12
8’           Vox Humana (to C5)                  49
4’           Clairon                                      61
Tremulant

CHOIR 3-1/2” WP                                  Pipes
8’            Melodia                                    61
8’            Flauto Dolce                              61
8’            Flute Celeste (TC)                      49
4’            Harmonic Flute                          61
2-2/3’      Nazard                                      61
2’            Harmonic Piccolo                       61
1-3/5’      Tierce                                       61
8’            Clarinet                                     61
8’            Pontifical Trumpet (from Great)
Tremulant


PEDAL 3-1/2” WP flues; 8” reeds             Pipes
32’           Diapason (resultant)
32’           Contre Bourdon                        32
16’           Diapason                                  32
16’           Principal (from Great)
16’           Bourdon (extension)                  12
16’           Echo Lieblich (from Swell)
8’             Octave (ext. Principal)
8’             Flute (ext. Bourdon)                   12
8’             Still Gedeckt (ext. Echo Lieblich)
4’             Choral Bass (ext. Principal)
4’             Flute Harmonique (from Great)
III             Mixture (synthetic – from Principal)
32’           Contre Bombarde                       32
16’           Bombarde (extension 32’)           12
16’           Basson (from Swell)
8’             Trompette (extension 16’)           12


Total Pipes: 2,474

Total Ranks: 42
Total Speaking Stops 54


A. Thompson-Allen Co., 2014 Opus 124
Incorporating mechanism and pipework from
Peragallo Organ Co., 2003 Opus 655
M. P. Möller, 1979 Opus 11385

 

Recent AGO Performances

 

2014 Scholarship Winner & Member Concert & Annual Dinner

Thank you everyone that made this a very special event.

Enjoy the photos and the program from the event and the CT Post article on the restored organ and Katelyn Emerson's concert by clicking on the respective links.

Rhapsody in C sharp Minor, p 17 No 3, Herbert Howells - Katelyn Emerson, organ

Vater unser im Himmelreich, from Clavierubung III, BMV 682, JS Bach, Katelyn Emerson, organ

Pieces de Fantaisie, Quatrieme Suite, Op. 55, IV Naiades (Louis Vierne) - Katelyn Emerson, organ

Choral-Improvisation sur le Victimae paschali laudes (Charles Tournemire) - Katelyn Emerson, organ 

To You, O God, All Creatures Sing - Improvisation-Hymn - Dr. John Michniewicz, organ, Jeff Albright, trumpet


Let the Bright Seraphim (George Handel) Krista Adams Santilli, soprano; Jeff Albright, trumpet, David Harris, organ

Visions (Dr. Joe Utterback) - Dr. John Michniewicz, organ; Frank Zilinyi, piano (audio download)

Postlude—Symphony No. 1, Op 14: VI. Finale - Frank Zilinyi, organ (audio download)


2010 Pipe Organ Encounter - Faculty Recital

Program - The Faculty Program

Photo Galleries:
July 1, 2010 - Faculty Recital - Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Bridgeport

Video Clips:
Josiah Armes - Allegro from Vierne Symphony (Louis Vierne)
Jeffrey Wood - Acclamations from Suite Medievalte (Jean Langlais)
Dr. John Michniewicz - Sonata DeClarines (Antonio Soler)
Jeffrey Wood, Galen Tate - Variations on an Easter Theme Duet (John Rutter)


Saint Augustine Cathedral

359 Washington Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

Heitor Caballero, Music Director, Cathedral Parish

 

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04:30 pm | January 07
Annual Epiphany Party 2018

What would it be without an annual Greater Bridgeport AGO social event? Join us for lots to eat, a chance to play and sing with fellow colleagues and toast the new year. Executive meeting starts at 3:30 pm - RSVP required.
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06:00 pm | May 19
Scholarship Winner Recital & Annual Dinner 2018

We are thrilled to have GBAGO scholarship winner David von Behren (Yale Masters of Organ Performance student and Organ Associate at Trinity Episcopal New Haven) join us for this wonderful year-end social gathering at the historic First Congregational Church, Fairfield - RSVP for scrumptious catered dinner to Carole Fanslow fanslow@juno.com by Monday, May 13.
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