Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Cedar, MI
Opus 27, 2004

We tried to make the case look like it always was there.




Holy Rosary Catholic Church is just north of the town of Cedar in picturesque fruit-farming Leelanau County. Situated in the rolling hills northwest of Traverse City, the church was built in 1923.

There is no record of a pipe organ at Holy Rosary, but organbuilder David Wigton had been "on the lookout" for an organ that could be economically fitted to the chamber in the bell tower.

The organless case from Hinners #2329 in Plymouth became available at about the same time as the caseless organ from Hinners #1882 in Midland. To the builder, it seemed a marriage made for Holy Rosary. So arrangements were made to fit the two-manual organ of 1915 to the one-manual case of 1917.

WPO spent more than 1250 hours on the project, and many volunteer hours went into it as well. We re-tabled the Swell and Great chests with void-free plywood, and altered the chests and stop action to accommodate some modest additions. The natural keys were recovered and pedal keys converted to electric action. New stop labels were installed, and additional pipes voiced to fit the new stoplist. We installed a quiet blower in a box, and re-leathered the large reservoir.

The overall concept of the rebuild was to retain the tonal character of the organ, and provide a few additional stops to fill out the chorus to give more variety. The mechanical key and stop action for the manuals was retained, while the tubular action for the Pedal was converted to electric. Richard Swanson of Grand Ledge did the tonal finishing, and Dr. Conrad Donakowski of East Lansing played the dedicatory recital.

STOPLIST

Great
8'  Open Diapason        61 pipes    Two octaves en facade
8'  Melodia              61 pipes    1-12 stopped wood, rest open
4'  Principal            61 pipes    Zinc and common metal
2-2/3'Twelfth            61 pipes    Revoiced, spotted metal
2'  Fifteenth            61 pipes    Revoiced, spotted metal
8'  Trumpet              61 pipes    Revoiced, spotted metal
 
Swell
8'  Violin Diapason      61 pipes    Zinc and spotted metal
8'  Stopped Flute        61 pipes    Stopped wood
8'  Salicional           61 pipes    Revoiced, s.m.,capped basses
8'  Voix Celeste         49 pipes    Revoiced, spotted metal
4'  Harmonic Flute       61 pipes    Zinc, common metal
2'  Piccolo              61 pipes    Revoiced, spotted metal
    Tremulant
 
Pedal
16' Bourdon              30 pipes    Stopped wood
8'  Bourdon              12 pipes    Extension
 
Couplers: Swell to Great, Great to Pedal, Swell to Pedal
Totals: 13 stops, 13 ranks, 762 pipes