The Organ at St. John the Evangelist
ST. JOHN, INDIANA
The hybrid organ for St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church was designed by a certified Rodgers Dealer, and showcases pipe-work built by a renowned pipe organ builder and a beautiful console built by Rodgers Instruments.
The organ has five divisions. It features a stunning pipe façade housed in an imposing white oak case to compliment the architectural features of the church. The façade pipes are from the 16’ Principal and 16’ Violone ranks; all of which are speaking pipes. Of particular note are the flared brass resonators of the dramatic Pontifical Trumpet that speaks with authority over full organ and is especially useful for weddings and other festive occasions.
The digital console was built by Rodgers. The custom- finished American oak shell has an ebony-finished interior. It meets the standards of the American Guild of Organists with a 32-note pedal board and three 61-note, wood-core keyboards that offer velocity-sensitive keying for orchestral sounds.
The Rodgers operating system is connected to a tuning sensor that monitors the temperature of the pipework in order to tune the digital stops with the pipe stops at all times. The Rodgers console is programmed to interface to a large number of future pipe ranks as ample space was provided in the original casework design. The console’s state-of-the-art operating system provides several unique features not usually found on pipe organs, such as: multiple memory levels, USB memory storage, Bluetooth® technology, automatic turn-off circuitry, self-diagnostic test systems, and software upgrades.
The vision for this instrument has been driven by its need to serve the church as an integral part of the musical fabric of the Mass, and going beyond that scope to enable organ, choral and liturgical literature of all styles and periods to be performed successfully. It brings together technology and art, creating a cost- effective experience, which combines the power of electronics with the tradition of windblown pipes.