The Organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Church
Our parish is blessed with a beautiful pipe organ. Installed in 2005, the organ at Our Lady of Lourdes Church is actually two organs combined into one.
There are three divisions: two in the choir area and one large division mounted on the rear wall of the church. The organ consists of 24 ranks of pipes, which were built in the Netherlands by Pels and Van Leeuwen. There are 160 digital stops and eight computers.
This exceptional instrument is played from a custom Rodgers five manual console, and is the largest organ in Arizona to use both traditional and digital components. The Great, Solo, Choir, and Pedal divisions are contained within the casework at the rear of the church.
All visible pipes are pewter. The smallest is eight inches tall and the large ones in the rear of the church reach sixteen feet long. The Swell Division is positioned behind the pipe façade at the front of the church. The Antiphonal division is situated between the Swell and Great divisions over the choir area.
This magnificent pipe organ is a memorial to Thomas and Elizabeth W. O’Connor. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will be forever grateful to Peggy and Jerry Schuld for their generosity and love of music.
2021 - 2022 Concert Series
To showcase the depth and flexibility of this fantastic instrument, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish hosts an annual concert series. We contract musicians of the highest caliber; recently, we have had the immense pleasure of hosting powerhouses Paul Jacobs and Adam J. Brakel.
We try to incorporate other instruments to play alongside the organ, so some concerts will be an organist and a violinist or cellist! The concerts are free to attend. A free will offering is taken at intermission to benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Our local St. Vincent de Paul chapter benefits local charities and families in need.
All concerts are held at 3:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Lourdes Church. Under normal circumstances, there is a reception in Madonna Hall following the concert for an opportunity to meet the artist and partake in some refreshments. The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily suspended these receptions but the receptions are likely to be reinstated by November 2021. Thank you for your understanding at this time!
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