"Although our (1961) Allen organ had been in service for over fifty years, and was in great shape, we were beginning to think ahead to its replacement, especially in view of the new digital technology that had been developed in recent years. A visit to the Allen Organ Company in Macungie by our parish organist, myself, and with representatives of the Robert Sides Music Center, convinced us to stay with Allen. In the year since the new digital pipe organ's installation, that decision has been affirmed again and again, might I say, Sunday after Sunday!"
I can say without reservation that I am most pleased and satisfied with this investment in our future to continue to Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!"
Msgr. Patrick J. Pratico, J.C.D. Pastor
"I have played many different types of pipe and electronic organs over the years and to me, nothing is as excellent or comparable to the high standards Allen provides. The Allen Organ Company is truly a first class operation. With the sound craftsmanship and new digital technology combined in the new organ, it has enhanced my skills as an organist."
Director of Liturgical Music
Organist and Choir Director
In order to accomplish this balcony installation, a new left chamber floor had to be built; new access and major shelving was installed in the right chamber; an existing console pit was enlarged and new chamber façade grilles were custom built to match the existing woodwork on the left and right hand sides of the organ chamber. In addition, an all-new tile floor was installed and the gold façade pipes repainted and stenciled. Of particular interest, and a particular challenge in this installation, was the inclusion of an Antiphonal Swell Division with an additional Pontifical Trumpet installed above and behind the high altar.
Submitted by Phil Maue, Allen Organ Representative
Robert Sides Music Center
Aerial Drone Photography by Michael Melisky