St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Biddeford, Maine
Custom 50 Stop Three-Manual Quantum™
Pipe and Digital Combination Organ

Since the late 1800's, the pipe organ at St. Joseph's Church has spoken from the rear gallery of the church. In recent years the two-manual, 29 rank Hook and Hastings tracker action organ was converted to electro-mechanical action. Additional pipe work and a three-manual console were installed by Bob Faucher of the Faucher Organ Company in Biddeford, Maine. With the organist and choir in the rear gallery and the cantor in the front chancel, the delay in sound was a challenge to the musicians.

The economical solution to the church's needs was a 50 Stop Three-Manual Allen Quantum™ organ, installed in the chancel by Ed Gormley of Starbird Piano and Organ of Portland, Maine. Through the use of fiber optic technology and a solid-state pipe interface, pipe ranks or digitally sampled voices-or both together-can be engaged through control tabs. The digital voices can speak from the rear, front or both ends of the building. The organist, choir, and cantor can now work in the same location without sound delays. Organ duets are now possible by one organist playing pipes from the rear console and another organist playing the digital Allen from the front.

Ed Gormley and Bob Faucher

Michael Stairs, third from left,
performed the Dedication Concert

Michael Stairs addresses the audience at the Dedication Concert

16' Bourdon
8' Open Diapason
8' Harmonic Flute
8' Gedeckt
8' Salicional (Sw)
4' Octave
4' Spitzflute
2-2/3' Twelfth
2' Fifteenth
Fourniture IV
8' Trumpet
Great 4'
 (pipes only)
MIDI on Great
Bass Coupler
Melody Coupler CH>GT
GT-CH Manual Transfer

Bourdon 16'
Open Diapason 8'

Gedeckt 8'

Octave 4'
Spitzflute 4'
Twelfth 2-2/3'
Fifteenth 2'

Great 4'

Peterson Chimes
8' Stopped Diapason
8' Bourdon
8' Salicional
8' Voix Celeste
4' Principal
4' Harmonic Flute
2-2/3' Nazard
2' Octavin
1-3/5' Tierce
Mixture III
16' Bassoon
8' Cornopean
8' Trumpet
8' Hautbois
4' Chalumeau
Swell 16'
 (pipes only)
Swell Unison Off
Swell 4'
 (pipes only)
Stopped Diapason 8'

Voix Celeste 8'
Principal 4'
Harmonic Flute 4'
Nazard 2-2/3'
Octavin 2'

Cornopean 8'

Hautbois 8'
Chalumeau 4'
Swell 16'

Swell Unison Off
Swell 4'

CHOIR (All Digital)
16' Contra Viole
8' Holzgedeckt
8' Erzahler Celeste II
4' Prinzipal
4' Koppelflote
2' Octav
1-1/3' Quintflote
Mixture III
8' Festival Trumpet
8' Krummhorn
Celesta (Sw)

Swell Tremulant
MIDI on Swell
8' Great to Pedal
8' Swell to Pedal
8' Choir to Pedal
16' Swell to Great
 (Pipes Only)
8' Swell to Great
4' Swell to Great
 (Pipes Only)
8' Choir to Great
8' Swell to Choir
Choir Unison Off
MIDI on Choir (White)
Gallery Choir Off (Black)
Chancel Choir On (Black)
Gallery Gt/Sw/Pd Off
Chancel Gt/Sw/Pd On

PEDAL (Unexpressed)
32' Contre Bourdon
16' Diapason
16' Soubasse
16' Lieblich Gedeckt
16' Contra Viole (Ch)
8' Octave
8' Bourdon
4' Choralbass
Mixture IV
32' Contre Posaune
16' Posaune
16' Bassoon (Sw)
8' Trumpet
4' Clarion
MIDI on Pedal


Soubasse 16'
Lieblich Gedeckt 16'