Read this article by Clay Schuldt about the cleaning and rebuilding of Holy Trinity Cathedral’s Jaeckel organ from 1981. This is another one where I don’t understand the need to remove and work on such a recent installation. If you can help explain the situation, please leave a comment below. Nordlie has the contract and I’d love to hear about the condition of the organ as they found it. We have a Jaeckel here in the mountains of North Carolina.
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minnesota, has started the process of restoring and upgrading its pipe organ. Cathedral liturgist Nathan Knutson said the organ pipes are being removed and shipped to Ohio to be fixed, polished and restored. The organ components will then be sent to JF Nordlie Co-Organ Builders in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At Nordlie the rest of the project will be completed with work on the instrument’s keys, casings and console.
The Cathedral’s organ was originally built in 1981. At 34 years it is relatively young, Knutson said. However, the church has noticed issues with the instrument since the late 1980s. After the pipe organ is returned to the church, it will not only be back to working order but it will also be improved.
“We will be adding nine different sounds,” said Knutson. These additions will make Cathedral’s organ the second largest organ in New Ulm. Only an pipe organ at Martin Luther College is larger. The Cathedral’s organ will be returned to the church by the fall 2016. Until then, Cathedral musicians will use a smaller electric organ and pianos.
Despite the large pipe organ’s absence, Cathedral will continue to offer organ lessons during the summer months. Those interested in lessons should contact Knutson or the church.