Trinity's Johnson Pipe Organ


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Trinity's Johnson Pipe Organ

Organ Trinity’s pipe organ is a very unique instrument with a colorful history.

The core of the organ came to us from St. Joseph’s Convent in Crookston, Minnesota where it was installed in 1958. Even then, much of the pipe work was vintage with pipe work dating to the turn of the last century. After the convent closed its doors, the congregation purchased the organ and contracted with the Johnson Organ Company in Fargo, North Dakota, to remove, rebuild, and re-install the organ here at Trinity.

The organ was significantly enlarged, totally re-built, including a new contemporary 2-manual console. The tonal design was vastly updated with the addition of Mixtures along with a new trumpet stop. The switching system was replaced with a micro-processed computer system which includes a new combination action of 99 memories and a transposer.
The organ is presently 22 ranks, 1,284 pipes, and provisions have been included for the organ’s third manual in the future. The tonal design is a mixture of North German on the Great division and early American the Swell with the pedal division being eclectic. The organ was designed as a worship instrument in the Lutheran tradition but is also an ideal concert instrument. The life-expectancy of this organ is 100 years. Thanks be to God for the wonderful organ made possible through the generosity of 7 anonymous donors!  pipe-organ  

Organ Additional The 3rd manual and totally new 9-rank Ruck Positiv addition was accomplished in the Spring of 2010, as the result of a special gift from one musical family who had ties to the congregation for decades. Johnson Organ Company of Fargo/Moorhead, also designed, built, and installed this work. This division is also designed in the North German tradition and will give the organ even greater tonal possibilities and richness of sound.

Several console were also made for the ease of the organist – 8 general toe studs, a toe stud for the Scharzando, a toe stud for the 16’ Trombone, an 8-bell brass zimblestern- and all new natural wood sharps. The organ also has a refurbished set of three genuine ivory naturals.

Trinity’s Johnson Pipe Organ now has 31 ranks, and 1,788 pipes in four divisions.

Swell, Great, Positiv, and Pedal. THANKS BE TO GOD!