Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y.
 
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Our Lady of Grace Church
(Roman Catholic)


3985 Bronxwood Avenue at 225th Street
The Bronx, New York 10466
http://www.olgbronx.com/


Organ Specifications:
Present building (since 1968)
III/35 Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Op. 868-A (1952); rev. (1990s)
III/34 Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co., Op. 868-A (1952); inst. (1981)
First building (1925-1968)
• unknown


Our Lady of Grace Church was organized by Father Victor Bassi in May 1924 to serve Italian Catholics in the area. For the first year, Father Bassi held Masses in two rented stores on White Plains Road near 227th Street until the first church building was dedicated on October 11, 1925. In the 1960s Monsignor Bonaventure Fillitti made plans to erect a new church but he died before his dream could be fulfilled. The present church, completed by Monsignor John Rettagliata, was dedicated by Cardinal Cooke on May 26, 1968.
         

  Console of Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 868-A (1952, rev.) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Mark LaRosa)
Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company
Boston, Mass. – Opus 868-A (1952); rev. (1990s)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 32 registers, 27 stops, 35 ranks



The 1952 Aeolian-Skinner organ, acquired by the church in 1981, was revised and enlarged sometime in the late 1990s. In the Swell division, the Aeoline was replaced by the Choir Sesquialtera, and a Vox Humana was added, using the Swell Tremolo knob. In the Choir, an Unda Maris took the place of the removed Sesquialtera, and the lowest rank of the III-rank Plein Jeu was used as a 2' Principal, using the Choir Tremolo knob. The Swell and Choir Tremolos are now activated by square red buttons that replaced the manual to pedal reversible pistons for those divisions.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Quintaton
61
8
  Erzähler
61
8
  Diapason
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Flute Harmonique
61
  Mixture IV ranks
244
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
73
  Sesquialtera II ranks (fr. CH)
122
8
  Diapason
73
  Mixture III ranks
183
8
  Rohrflote
73
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Flügel Horn
73
8
  Voix Celeste
73
8
  Vox Humana *
73
4
  Flute Triangulaire
73
  Tremolo [rep. Sw/Ped rev. piston]
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Gedeckt
73
2
  Principal **
8
  Dulciana
73
  Plein Jeu III ranks
183
8
  Unda Maris *
73
8
  Clarinet
73
4
  Prestant *
73
  Tremolo [rep. Ch/Ped rev. piston]
4
  Flute
73
   
** from Plein Jeu; now disconnected
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Contre Basse
32
8
  Gedeckt (fr. Bourdon)
12
16
  Bourdon
32
8
  Still Gedeckt
SW
16
  Echo Lieblich
SW
16
  Posaune
32
8
  Octave (fr. Contre Basse)
12
   
           
* stops added late 1990s
Couplers
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Great to Pedal 8'   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', 4'
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Swell Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb) Ped. to Man. Combs. On/Off
Great Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb) Ped. to Man. Combs. On/Off
Choir Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb) Ped. to Man. Combs. On/Off
Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4 (toe)  
General Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)  
               
Reversibles
    Swell Tremolo (red button under manual)   Great to Pedal (thumb & toe)
    Choir Tremolo (red button under manual)   Sforzando (thumb & toe)
               
Expression Pedals
    Balanced Choir Expression Pedal      
    Balanced Swell Expression Pedal      
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal      
               
Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 868-A (1952, rev.) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Mark LaRosa)   Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 868-A (1952, rev.) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Mark LaRosa)   Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 868-A (1952, rev.) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Mark LaRosa)

         

  Console of Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 868-A (1952) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y.
   
  Aeolian-Skinner Organ, Op. 868-A (1952) at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church - Bronx, N.Y.
Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company
Boston, Mass. – Opus 868-A (1952)
Electro-pneumatic action
3 manuals, 30 registers, 26 stops, 34 ranks








This organ was originally built in 1931 by the Skinner Organ Company for St. George Episcopal Church in Schenectady, N.Y. In 1952, the organ was revised by the Aeolian-Skinner Company as Opus 868-A.

In 1981, the organ became available and was acquired through the efforts of Thomas M. Fierro, Director of Music at Our Lady of Grace Church. Mr. Fierro and members of the church moved the organ.

The organ was altered and enlarged in the late 1990s. See the above entry for revised specifications.
               
Great Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes
16
  Quintaton
61
8
  Erzähler
61
8
  Diapason
61
4
  Octave
61
8
  Flute Harmonique
61
  Mixture IV ranks
244
               
Swell Organ (Manual III) – 61 notes, enclosed
16
  Bourdon
73
4
  Flute Triangulaire
73
8
  Diapason
73
  Mixture III ranks
183
8
  Rohrflote
73
8
  Trumpet
73
8
  Salicional
73
8
  Flügel Horn
73
8
  Voix Celeste
73
  Tremolo
8
  Aeoline
73
   
               
Choir Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Gedeckt
73
  Sesquialtera II ranks
122
8
  Dulciana
73
  Plein Jeu III ranks
183
4
  Principal
73
8
  Clarinet
73
4
  Flute
73
  Tremolo
               
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Contre Basse
32
8
  Gedeckt (fr. Bourdon)
12
16
  Bourdon
32
8
  Still Gedeckt
SW
16
  Echo Lieblich
SW
16
  Posaune
32
8
  Octave (fr. Contre Basse)
12
   
               
Couplers
    Swell to Pedal 8', 4'   Choir to Great 16', 8', 4'
    Great to Pedal 8'   Swell to Choir 16', 8', 4'
    Choir to Pedal 8', 4'   Swell 16', 4'
    Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'   Choir 16', 4'
               
Adjustable Combinations
   
Swell Pistons 1-2-3-4-5 (thumb) Ped. to Man. Combs. On/Off
Great Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb) Ped. to Man. Combs. On/Off
Choir Pistons 1-2-3-4 (thumb) Ped. to Man. Combs. On/Off
Pedal Pistons 1-2-3-4 (toe)  
General Pistons 1-2-3 (thumb)  
               
Reversibles
    Swell to Pedal (thumb)   Choir to Pedal (thumb)
    Great to Pedal (thumb & toe)   Sforzando (thumb & toe)
               
Expression Pedals
    Balanced Choir Expression Pedal      
    Balanced Swell Expression Pedal      
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal      

           
Sources:
     Aeolian-Skinner Archives website: http://aeolianskinner.organsociety.org/Specs/Op00868a.html
     Kinzey, Allen, and Sand Lawn, comps.. E.M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List. New Rev. Ed. Richmond: The Organ Historical Society, 1997.
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808-2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.

Illustrations:
     Fierro, Thomas M. Interior; console of Aeolian-Skinner organ, Op. 868-A (1952).
     LaRosa, Mark. Console, stopknobs and couplers of Aeolian-Skinner organ, Op. 868-A (1952).
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808-2008. Exterior.