The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal, Philadelphia, PA, USA
89 Stop Four-Manual Allen Digital Organ

The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal in Philadelphia, PA, had patiently dealt with lingering issues of their aging 56 rank pipe organ. Faced with the prospect of an immense rebuild cost, the Shrine's Central Association decided to investigate other solutions. Mr. Carl Gedeik, the Shrine's principal organist, informed the Rector, Father Carl Pieber, of the tremendous improvement a new Allen organ had made at a neighboring parish to which he is also the Music Director/Organist.

The decision was made and a large comprehensive 89 Stop, Four-Manual Custom Allen digital organ was built and installed in the world-renowned Shrine. This instrument features a floating String Division as well as a rear-speaking solo Trumpet and Great Antiphonal.

Allen's sustainable digital technology provides a large array of software tools for proper installation and voicing of the organ to better accommodate the needs and unique acoustics of the Shrine's spacious architecture.

"The volume and the participation within the congregational singing was very noticeable the first day I used the organ within the services. A solemn pontifical Mass with a jam-packed church within the first week of use brought accolades from the visiting clergy, guests, and congregation!"

Submitted by
Carl Gedeik, Organist,
The Shrine of the Miraculous Medal
Philadelphia, PA

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Interior photography provided by Dennis Grafton.