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Opus 103

All Saints Ashmont

Dorchester, MA


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A contract was signed in October of 1987 for a large four-manual instrument in the nave and a two-manual instrument in the existing chancel case. In April of 1993, a somewhat smaller specification was agreed upon for the back of the nave with succeeding Rector Richard Bradford and organist Michael Kleinschmidt.

The visual design for Opus 103 was developed to harmonize with the architecture of  Ralph Adams Cram’s first church commission. The organ design was created within a scale model, which allowed the designers to view the case from all angles, including the tower entrance. The organ speaks down the length of the nave from a new gallery drawn by architect William Buckingham, a member of the parish. The sculptural quality and decoration of the quarter-sawn white oak organ reflects, but does not compete with, the lavish carvings in the chancel and in the exquisite Lady Chapel.

A singular feature is the rear façade rank, facing the great tower window. The Tower Diapason supports the singing of those seated in the tower and provides an echo effect for the listeners in the nave. Instruments facing two sides are not uncommon in England, Italy and Spain; the unique architectural setting at All Saints’ provides the ideal opportunity to achieve this arrangement in America.

Opus 103

Prestant 16′
Open Diapason 8′
Spire Flute 8′
Harmonic Flute 8′
Octave 4′
Fifteenth 2′
Mixture IV-VI
German Trumpet 8′
French Trumpet 8′


Principal 8′
Gedackt 8′
Octave 4′
Rohrflöte 4′
Nazard 2 2/3′
Doublet 2′
Quarte de Nazard 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Sharp IV-VI
Dulcian 16′
Cromorne 8′

Bourdon 16′
Tower Diapason 8′
Flûte traversière 8′
Viole de gambe 8′
Voix céleste 8′
Bourdon 8′
Prestant 4′
Flûte octaviante 4′
Octavin 2′
Plein jeu II-IV
Bombarde 16′
Trompette 8′
Hautbois 8′
Clarinet 8′ preparation

Open Wood 16′
Prestant 16′     GT
Bourdon 16′     SW
Octave 8′
Spire Flute 8′     GT
Superoctave 4′
Posaune 32′     preparation
Bombarde 16′     preparation
German Trumpet 8′     GT
French Trumpet 8′      GT


Swell to Great
Positive to Great
Swell to Positive
Great to Pedal
Positive to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell Super to Pedal


Wind Stabilizer
Balanced Swell Pedal

Manual keyboards CC-a3, 58 notes
Pedal (flat & parallel) CC-f1, 30 notes