St. Theresa Church


Type:  OPUS 596


The new organ is of three manual and pedal design and contains 38 ranks of pipework with a total of 2296 speaking pipes. The tonal design is the work of John Peragallo III in consultation with parish musicians, Dr. John Michniewicz, and Dr. Carolina Flores.

The outstanding placement of the organ casework on the central axis of the church projects the tonal resources of the instrument evenly and effectively throughout the nave.

The movable low-profile keydesk, here in the French curved terrace style, has become the signature of Peragallo instruments and ensures that the organist will enjoy excellent sight lines with the choir, cantor and celebrant at all times.

The Grand-Orgue contains the Principal chorus and is positioned high in the casework. A complete Cornet decompose of flutes is also available. A French Flûte Harmonique, scaled in the Cavaille-Coll tradition, provides a beautiful solo voice while the chorus reeds serve to cap the division. The Positif is enclosed in the lower left portion of the casework. This expressive division includes a secondary Principal chorus to serve as a foil to the Grand-Orgue. The Flute Celestes provide a soft velvety quality so useful in worship. The Récit is located in the lower right side of the casework - positioned and designed to accompany the choir in the right transept area. Large pomposa scaled strings and a full reed chorus provide the warmth and power to properly support choral music. The Pedalé pipework is located within and directly behind the facade and is supplemented with digitally sampled voices due to limited space. The instrument is fully MIDI compatible and includes both a sound module and a sequencer with playback and recording capabilities.

The majestic casework is the design of Frank Peragallo and serves as a subtle backdrop to the main altar with its gold toned facade pipework. It is of finished red oak with hand-carved pipe shades inspired by elements of the filial crown of the baldachino.

The crowning jewel of the instrument is the Trompette en chamade. This set of 49 flared reeds contains Willis style shallots and is located high in the casework above the baldachino and provides the organist with a powerful sound for fanfare and processional music.
`- John Peragallo Jr.

  Completed Organ Photos