of St. John the Divine
is the digital organ chosen most during renovations on the monumental
organs of the world. An Allen digital organ was installed for
months after the fire at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine,
the world's largest Gothic cathedral; for nine months after
the flood at Riverside Church; for nine months after the fire
at Temple Emanu-El, the world's largest reform congregation
in the world; for three months during renovations at St. Mary
the Virgin Church; during renovations at General Theological
Seminary; for four years during renovations at Longwood Gardens;
for two years at Princeton University
Chapel. The digital organ of choice is the Allen.
the best: the best sound, the best service, the best price.
Tuesday, December 18, 2001, one week before Christmas, an intense
fire broke out in the
Cathedral of St. John the Divine near the altar on the left
side. Through a series of fortuitous events, including quick
thinking by the New
York Fire Department, the damage was contained. The Fire Department
avoided breaking the magnificent stained glass windows, but
the result was great heat and smoke. Soot covered everything
in the Cathedral, including the four-manual Aeolian-Skinner
The next day Cathedral organist Dorothy Papadakos called Allen
Organs and a new three-manual Renaissance digital organ was
installed temporarily on the first floor at the front of the
chancel during the months needed to completely clean the Aeolian-Skinner
Doug Hunt (right), curator of the Aeolian-
Skinner organ, confers at the beautiful
Cathedral of St. John the Divine with Allen
service manager Mike Corio (left) and Allen
Organ Studios president Bob Wyatt
about the voicing capabilities of the Allen
Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City was host to
the Manhattan Festival of Sacred Music
on June 12, 2001.
concert featured nine choirs and concluded with a performance
of the Requiem by Maurice Duruflé for choir, soloists,
orchestra and organ. Noted organist Paul Oakley was the conductor.
four-manual Allen Renaissance organ was installed for
this concert. Organist Timothy Belk was the primary accompanist
for the occasion. The Allen Organ spoke with grandeur and authority.
Organist Belk provided just the right colors for the compositions
that used the organ. Once again, when musical results are important,
people turn to Allen.