At Christ King we utilize many tools to help us recognize God in our midst, sacred vessels, vestments, flowers, etc. Additionally, musical instruments inspire our song and aid us in reflection. We have a beautiful piano, timpani, guitars, recorder, violins, all of which bring a variety of music to life. Of all the instruments heard in our worship the organ is the largest and most versatile.
Because of its aural and visual presence during Mass an organ often draws strong opinions from those who like it, and those who don’t. Often opinions are not so much about the organ but about how it is played (too loud, too fast, too slow) and the type of music being played (old fashioned hymns, dissonant instrumental interludes etc.). Some liturgical repertoire sounds great on a piano or guitar but not so great on an organ. Other repertoire is more successful when offered by an organ. To offer a worship experience that all our parishioners find aesthetically pleasing it is necessary to provide a wide range of liturgical music. The issue isn’t “Holy God We Praise Thy Name” played on the organ or “I will Choose Christ” played on the piano. The issue is being able to offer many types of music in a liturgically, pastorally and artistically appropriate style.
Read the full article from Robin Cote, President of Juget-Sinclair, and Bill Lieven, our Director of Liturgical Music, in the September 2021 issue of the “The American Organist”, a national magazine publication of the American Guild of Organists.
Pipe Organ Info
A pipe organ is the most complex musical instrument in the world. It has thousands of parts, made from many different materials. It combines mechanical, electrical, and acoustical engineering, wood working, metal working, and architecture, with artistic concepts to create a musical instrument the size of a small house that can last for generations.