The Organ at St. Valentine

A.E. Sterner, Opus 38

 

The music ministry department at St. Valentine Parish is an ever growing body of musicians serving the Lord through sung prayer in the South Hills. The organ is the central focal point of Catholic worship, as it is the only instrument that can mimic the human voice. The organ is also known as the "King of the Instruments."

In 2013, a decision was made to improve the facilities of the ever growing music ministry. In 1982, the Moller Organ Company of Hagerstown, MD installed its Opus 11582, and was dedicated in October 1982. The history of instruments at St. Valentine ranged from two reed pump organs in the church prior to 1966, an Electronic keyboard in the 1950s, a two manual Wurlitzer, and the organ before the pipe organ was a two manual Baldwin  home organ. You can find more information about the history of the instruments in the "About the Parish" section of the website.

The small pipe organ at St. Valentine was an instrument designed as to not block the Pentecost window in the rear of the church. The organ was adequate to accompany the choir on anthems, but not to lead a large congregation to sing hymns, psalms, and Mass parts. It became evident that the parish was due for a project due to the need of numerous repairs and the deteriorating two manual console.

St. Valentine decided to enhance the current pipework with digital ranks. The Walker Organ Company of Zionsville, PA was its choice due to their reputation and wonderful work. The A.E. Sterner Organ company, consisting of Mr. Alan Sterner and Mr. Ray Colby, were hired to voice the current pipework and to oversee the installation of the new three manual, ninety nine stop organ. The organ now contains a total of 79 pipe and digital ranks. A new addition that was added to the church called the "Cantoral Division" that would enable the cantor to be accompanied when chanting psalms from the front of the church.

The project was made possible by the late Mr. Carl Hafner. Mr. Hafner was a life long member of the parish, and his gift to the parish will influence not only members of our parish, but the community at large, as we use the instrument for worship and concerts.

 

 

Specification:

Great

16’ Bourdon*
16’ Gemshorn
8’ Open Diapason
8’ Principal*
8’ Harmonic Flute
8’ Bourdon*
8’ Gemshorn
8’ Gemshorn Celeste
4’ Octave
4’ Rohrflute
2’ Fifteenth
Sesquialtera II*
1 1/3’ Mixture IV
1’ Sharp Mixture III
16’ Double Trumpet
8’ Tromba
8’ French Horn
Tremolo
Major Bells
8' Major Tuba (CH)

* pipes

 

Swell

 

16’ Rohr Bourdon
8’ Geigen Diapason
8’ Stopped Diapason
8’ Viole d’Gamba
8’ Viole d’Gamba Celeste
8’ Flute Celeste II
4’ Octave
4’ Triangle Flute
2 2/3’ Nazard
2’ Blockflute
1 3/5’ Tierce
2’ Chorus Mixture IV
16’ Contra Trumpet
16’ Fagotto
8’ Cornopean
8’ French Trumpet
8’ Oboe d’Amour
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Clarion
Tremolo
16’ Swell to Swell
8’ Unison Off
4’ Swell to Swell
8' Harmonic Trumpet (CN)

 

Choir

 

16’ Viole
8’ English Diapason
8’ RohrFlute*
8’ Viole
8’ Viole Celeste
8’ Kleine Erzahlaer Celeste II*
4’ Spitz Principal*
4’ Chimney Flute*
2 2/3’ Nazard
2’ Piccolo
1 1/3’ Larigot
1’ Fife
2’ Mixture III
16’ Corno di Bassetto
8’ Clarinet
8’ Krummhorn
8’ English Horn
Tremolo
8’ Unison Off
4’ Choir to Choir
Harp
Chimes
8’ Major Tuba
8’ Harmonic Trumpet (CN)

* pipes

 

Cantoral

 

8’ Viola Pomposa
8’ Viola Celeste
8’ Gedeckt Pommer
8’ Dulciana Celeste II
4’ Principal
4’ Koppleflute
2’ Flute
Chimes
Orchestral Harp

 

Cantoral Pedal

 

16’ Dulciana
8’ Gedeckt



Pedal

 

32’ Contre Violone
32’ Contra Bourdon (SW)
16’ Open Wood
16’ Principal*
16’ Bourdon
16’ Gemshorn (GT)
16’ Viole (CH)
16’ Rohr Bourdon (SW)
8’ Octave
8’ Gemshorn (GT)
8’ Bourdon
8’ Stopped Diapson (SW)
8’ Viola (CH)
4’ Choralbass*
4’ Harmonic Flute (GT)
5 1/3’ Mixture III
32’ Contra Bombarde
32’ Contra Fagotto (SW)
16’ Trombone
16’ Fagotto (SW)
8’ Trumpet
4’ Rohr Schamei

 

Couplers

 

8’ Great to Pedal
8’ Swell to Pedal
4’ Swell to Pedal
8’ Choir to Pedal
4’ Choir to Pedal
8’ Cantoral to Pedal
16’ Swell to Great
8’ Swell to Great
4’ Swell to Great
8’ Choir to Great
4’ Choir to Great
8’ Cantoral to Great
8’ Cantoral to Swell
16’ Swell to Choir
8’ Swell to Choir
4’ Swell to Choir
Cantoral off Choir
Cantors Exp. Off Choir to Swell
Zimbelstern

 

Carillon on Great
Carillon on Swell