A Perfect Fit
Although located in a warm and resonant worship space, the three rank organ built in the 1950s by a local organ builder was simply not adequate for leading a large parish in Mass at St. Patrick Church. By 2000, there were also mechanical frustrations for the organist. A more suitable instrument was desperately needed.
Ideally a new instrument would be designed specifically for the space. However, budgetary constraints meant that a used instrument would be the best option. To complicate matters, the organ had to share space with the choir in a relatively small rear balcony.
After many years of searching, a 1979 Austin organ with both adequate tonal resources and a small footprint was located. Muller designed and constructed an oak case for the organ’s new home, including new non-speaking façade pipes. The console was upgraded to modern standards. Originally lacking an 8′ flute in the Swell, Muller added a 12-pipe extension to the 4′ Koppelflöte and modified the existing action to allow the rank to play at 8′. All pipes were cleaned and revoiced to suit their new home.