Church Replaces Electronics with Pipes

One Glance Inside St Nicholas Church

You should read Mary Therese Biebel’s wonderful article in The Times Leader on what’s going on in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Here are a few reasons.

  • Monsignor Joseph Meier would often say to me they were so sorry they bought it …
  • … the electronic organ — even before it started breaking down — was at best a CD, while a real pipe organ is a live Philharmonic concert.
  • They hope that nearby St Stephen’s Mark Laubach (fellow Westminster Choir College alumnus), whom he considers “the finest organist around,” will give a concert on their Moller at St Nicholas.
  • It will be worth the wait … You can hear the sound of a pipe organ; you can feel the sound … You become part of the experience.

If you need a refreshing breeze of positive news, read this article and look forward to the conclusion of Steve Sykes’s restoration and rebuild of the Moller organ.

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3 Responses to Church Replaces Electronics with Pipes

  1. Ben says:

    Information and photos of its former home can be found here:

    It’s one special instrument and its past is very distinguished, having served along with many talented organists, directors, and other music ministers.

    It has been given a special opportunity to be reborn and given a second chance at life, at a vibrant parish with a passionate music ministry.

    As a former member of the donor parish, I know I speak for all of us when I say we are immensely overjoyed that such a fine instrument that was such a central part of our parish is living on – and so close to us, only 8 miles from its original location.

    As of this posting, it’s complete installation hasn’t been achieved, but it is operating and is being used for liturgies. The sound remains the same.

    We give thanks for those who worked to afford an opportunity such as this, those who worked to execute the plan to relocate and restore the instrument, and those who now and will in the future appreciate it and its contributions to its new home.

    It’s truly a blessing beyond words

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  3. Ben says:

    The official dedication of the Moller organ, originally the Moller Opus 3156 built in 1921 by M.P. Moller in Hagerstown, MD, installed in St. Casimir’s Church, 65 Church Street, Pittston, PA, and remaining there for 90 years, is to be held at its new home in St. Nicholas Church, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA on October 5, 2014 at 4 PM. Great care was taken to restore the instrument to its original state and then add additional ranks (even a Zimbelstern) to it for an unbelievable and multifaceted instrument.

    Photos and stoplist of its original location can be found here:

    Photos and stoplist of its new location can be found here:

    “On Sunday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m. we will officially welcome the 1921 Moeller Pipe Organ from St. Casimir’s Church, Pittston, to St. Nicholas Church, 226 South Washington Street, Wilkes-Barre. The recital will be presented by Canon Mark Laubach, Organist & Choirmaster of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Wilkes-Barre. Canon Laubach is an acclaimed recitalist throughout the United States, England, and Germany. This concert will show the many voices of our Moeller Organ through a variety of classical organ music and hymns beloved by the German, English, and Lithuanian congregations it represents.

    The recital is free and open to the public. A free will offering will be taken. Following the recital there will be a reception for all in attendance. Please mark this historic event in your calendars so as not to miss it!”

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