St. Timothy Catholic Church Welcomes a New 484 Infinity Series Hybrid Organ!
A CLOSER LOOK AT ST. TIMOTHY'S NEW ORGAN
In 1996, The Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, Florida purchased a new Rodgers 4-manual digital organ to replace the Rodgers analog instrument bought in 1963. The old Rodgers 330 was still working fine, but lacked "all the bells and whistles" available on the new organs of the day. Rather than trading the organ, the Cathedral donated it to the newly formed St. Timothy Parish in Lutz (a suburb just north of Tampa). The priest at St. Timothy was Father John Tapp, son of long-time Cathedral organist, Bill Tapp.
As St. Timothy outgrew that first property, a newer, albeit pre-owned Rodgers was purchased to be installed in the new church in 2002 (the Rodgers 330 was donated once again to yet another church in central FL). The first new organ in the history of their church was purchased at the end of last year. Phase 1 was a beautiful, custom finished Rodgers Infinity Series 4-manual organ. Two weeks ago, Phase 2: 7-ranks of breathtaking Fratelli Ruffatti pipe-work completed. The tonal specification includes a horizontal brass Trumpet en Chamade.The mahogany casework is accented by three dazzling "embossed" pipes. Each of the embossed pipes bears a name stamped into its languid. The foundation of the pipework is the Pedal Octave 8' and the largest pipe in that rank bears the name of Fr. Kenneth Malley, Pastor of St. Timothy's. The pipe in the center of the facade bears the name of Bishop Robert Lynch. Finally, the pipe closest to the organ's console, bears the name Msgr. Harold Bumpus.
ORGAN WORKSHOP AT ST. TIMOTHY’S
Earlier this month, Dan Miller taught a workshop at St. Timothy’s in Lutz, FL. This workshop was very well organized and promoted with 22 organists and directors of music attending. Dan did a great job of showing the many features for the Rodgers 484 Infinity Series organ with several short and long pieces.
Everyone who attended was very impressed.
Rodgers would like to kindly thank St. Timothy Catholic Church and a premier Rodgers Dealer, Central Music, Inc. for their continued professionalism and excellence in the field.