In many churches the organ has held a place of honor. It is the church’s instrumental voice, proclaiming the word in music and supporting the ongoing song of praise offered by the people of God. The pipe organ of the Church of the Transfiguration was designed to be as integrally wed to the liturgy as it is molded into the architecture of the building itself.

The organ sits over the two side aisles where wooden cases hold pipes of wood and metal ranging from six inches to thirty-two feet in length (the smallest the size of a straw, the largest as big around as a phone booth). Built by Nelson Barden & Associates of Boston, MA, it is a restoration and expansion of components from a number of twentieth-century organs of the E.M. Skinner Organ Company. When completed, it will include 150 ranks and 12,000 pipes. The pipe organ’s unique location allows its sounds to be specifically directed so as to accompany the various liturgical actions taking place on the floor. Consistent with the artwork in the Church, the rich variety of sounds and voices it can create give it the ability to “speak” a multitude of musical languages in prayer and praise to God.

Currently, the organ includes the Great, Swell, Choir, Processional, Echo, and Pedal Divisions consisting of 110 ranks. The main part of the organ is located at the east end of the Church in three sections. The Great and Choir Divisions of the organ are on the north side, the Swell Division on the south. The Processional Division of the organ is located one hundred feet away at the west end of the nave, and includes stops such as Principal Diapason, Tuba Major, Tuba Mirabilis, and the Trumpet Militaire. The Echo Division, also at the west end, includes the softest sounds of the organ.

ORGAN DEMONSTRATIONS on the E.M. Skinner Organ
Friday 3:30 PM     immediately following the 3:00 PM Church tour
Phone: 508-247-3194     Email

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Interview with Nelson Barden — Organ Designer at the Community of Jesus

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