The 64-rank 1962 abbey pipe organ built by Walter Holtkamp is about to undergo a major expansion.
Renowned organ builder Martin Pasi of Pasi Organ Builders, Roy, Washington, has been selected to execute the expansion. Work is expected to be completed in Fall 2019. The completed instrument will have 115 ranks. Price tag is well over a million.
Here are the specifications of the current and future organ: Holtkamp Pasi Organ – St John’s Abbey
“Abbey Organ Chronicles” at Pray Tell will report occasionally on the progress of the project. The first installment reported on Benedictines and organ building in the Middle Ages. Further installments will continue this history.
Plans are already underway for major newly commissioned organ works in conjunction with the dedication and blessing of the expanded organ.