Casvant Organ, 1978 III/49
Built by the firm of Casavant Frères of Saint-Hyacinte, Québec, Canada, Opus 3380 replaced a Baldwin electronic organ from 1962. That organ had replaced a pipe organ from the 20’s. The contract between Trinity and Casavant was signed on May 18, 1977. The total cost of the organ at that time was $136,354.15, although the current replacement cost is estimated to be over $1,000,000.
While the original plan was for the organ to be of a Germanic style, the final stoplist and tonal design was of a French style drawn up by Donald Corbett of Casavant and Trinity’s then Director of Music, Lee Afdahl. The organ was completed in June of 1978. This organ was the first of its kind from Casavant in that the console was solid oak. The organ is made up of 36 stops which make up 49 ranks. The total number of pipes is 2,368. There are three 61 note manuals with mahogany naturals and white ivory sharps/flats. The drawknobs and pistons are rosewood.
The dedication worship service was on October 22, 1978. Lee Afdahl lead the Chancel Choir in the singing of C.H.H. Parry’s I Was Glad, and Brass Choir and the Trinity Orchestra participated. The organ was celebrated through a dedicatory recital presented by Dr. Robert Glasgow, and a year long dedication series took place during the 1978-1979 season.
The organ continues to be used as the principle instrument of use in Sunday worship, and is a cherished and beloved part of Trinity’s worshipping community.