Casavant Frères Organ Builders of Saint-Hyacinth, Quebec, was chosen to design, construct, and install our new 3-manual, 61 stop, 76 rank pipe organ in the French symphonic style, honoring the great Parisian organs of the late 19th century. Installation began on October 1, 2013, and tonal finishing and voicing, led by Casavant’s artistic director, Jacquelin Rochette, was completed on December 5, 2013.
On Christmas Eve 2013 our new Casavant Freres played publically for the first time. Over a thousand people gathered for worship at 5:00 and 10:30 pm to celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ and sing with our new instrument. The organ, was dedicated in a festive worship service on May 4, 2014. A new choral anthem, titled “Psalm of Celebration”, was commissioned for the service from local composer Chuck Peery. In the afternoon French concert organist Vincent Dubois performed the dedicatory recital to a packed sanctuary.
Casavant Frères Opus 3898 is truly a magnificent instrument, with a rich tone, wonderful balance, and robust palette. The instrument is perfectly voiced to accompany congregational singing, choral repertoire, and captivate with wonderful solo organ pieces.