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Opus 147

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral

Raleigh, NC

Stops: 62 (3 are preparations)
Ranks: 73
Independent Voices: 55
Created: 2019

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In early 2014 we received a request for a proposal for a new mechanical action pipe organ in the yet-to-be-built Cathedral of the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. The Cathedral was to be on a vast scale; it would be cruciform in plan, with a barrel vault ceiling nearly 80′ high and a seating capacity of 2,000. The architect was James O’Brien of O’Brien & Keane Architecture of Arlington, Virginia, and the acoustician Dana Kirkegaard of Kirkegaard Acoustic Design LLC, of Downers Grove, Illinois.

By late spring a Letter of Intent was signed, allowing us to exchange ideas with the Cathedral musicians and the Organ Committee to further refine the stop list and to work with Jim O’Brien and Dana Kirkegaard to influence the building design related to the organ, the choir, and to all music-making in the new space. By March 2015, a full contract for a three-manual 62-stop instrument was signed.

The organ and choir are in a large multi-level West End gallery, where they speak without obstruction down the main axis of the lengthy nave. The organ’s tonal design, developed with the requirements of the Roman Catholic liturgies in mind, is largely eclectic, with an abundance of stops at 8′ pitch and below. Both the Choir and Swell divisions are under expression. The console is detached.

In the Fisk tradition, the visual design of the new organ was created in a precise scale model of the building to ensure harmony with the Cathedral interior.  The position of the organ in the gallery, the angled side walls to ensure projection of the choir’s voices, the system of choir risers, and the arrangement of divisions within the organ case are all direct results of the collaborative design process with Messrs. O’Brien and Kirkegaard.

The 58 foot tall, 22 ½ ton organ was delivered to Raleigh in February 2018. Installation and finish voicing crews spent more than ten months ensuring that the organ perfectly complements the visual and aural beauty of the Cathedral. The organ was inaugurated on January 3, 2019 with a Solemn Vespers service and recital by Nathan Laube.

Opus 147

Great, Manual I

Double Diapason 16′ (façade)
Open Diapason I 8′ (façade)
Open Diapason II 8′
Gamba 8′
Harmonic Flute 8′
Double Flute 8′
Octave 4′
Open Flute 4′
Fifteenth 2′
Mixture IV-V
Corneta Magna X (a#0
– d3

Trumpet 8′
Double Trumpet 16′
Pontifical Trumpet 8′

Choir, Manual II, enclosed

Principal 8′ (façade)
Voce Umana 8′ (c0) (façade)
Geigen Principal 8′
Viole d’Amore 8′
Unda Maris 8′ (c0)
Orchestral Flute 8′
Lieblich Gedackt 8′
Geigen Octave 4′
Flauto Traverso 4′
Nazard 2 2/3′
Flageolet 2′
Tierce 1 3/5′
Mixture IV
Clarinet 8′
Tuba Mirabilis 8′ (prep.)
Pontifical Trumpet 8′ (Great)

Swell, Manual III, enclosed

Contra Gamba 16′
Violin Diapason 8′
Viola da Gamba 8′
Voix Celeste 8′
Dulciana 8′
Dulciana Celeste 8′ (c0)
Harmonic Flute 8′
Stopped Diapason 8′
Flute Celeste 8′ (c0)
Violina 4′
Harmonic Flute 4′
Piccolo 2′
Bassoon 16′
Trumpet 8′
Clarion 4′
Oboe 8′
Vox Humana 8′ (prep.)


Great Bass 32′ (ext.)
Sub Principal 32′ (ext.)
Resultant 32′
Open Bass 16′
Double Diapason 16′ (Great)
Bourdon 16′
Octave 8′
Open Flute 8′ (ext.)
Bourdon 8′ (ext.)
Octave 4′
Grand Cornet III (prep.)
Contra Trombone 32′ (ext.)
Trombone 16′
Bombarde 16′
Trumpet 8′


Choir to Great
Swell to Great
Swell to Choir

Great to Pedal
Choir to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Octaves graves Great


Choir Tremulant
Swell Tremulant (fast & slow)

Balanced Choir Pedal
Balanced Swell Pedal

Crescendo Pedal

Mechanical Key Action (except for the largest pipes of the organ)
Kowalyshyn Servopneumatic Lever providing a pneumatic assist to the Great key action
Electric Stop Action
Combination Action: 300 levels of memory with a sequencer
Casework: A single cabinet of wood, painted, located in the West Gallery
Keydesk: Detached from the organ case, three manuals of 61 keys and pedalboard of 32 keys
Front pipes of burnished tin and wood