Holy Rosary Catholic Church
Cedar, MI Opus 27, 2004
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 façade 8' Melodia 61 pipes 1-12 stopped wood, rest open 4' Principal 61 pipes Zinc and common metal 2-2/3' Twelfth 183 pipes Revoiced, spitted metal 2' Fifteenth 61 pipes Casavant, moved from Swell
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