Music

The Miller-Scott Organ

Bill and Irene Miller

Below you'll find information regarding continuing work on the Miller-Scott Organ, the decomissioning of the Arents Memorial Organ, and a brief description of our temporary Hauptwerk console. You'll also find a latest news feed which will keep you up to date on the latest content posted to this page.

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The Miller-Scott Organ

Progress at Dobson: December Update

Video: Computer-Numeric-Controlled Routing Table (CNC)


Here we see the CNC machine, cutting out an end support piece for a manual windchest rackboard.

Conservation and Preparation

Many tasks are necessary in order to receive the new Miller-Scott organ, particularly the large new case on the south side of the chancel. Click or tap the photo below to see and learn more.

Scaffolding on the north and south chambers

The Decommissioning of the Arents Memorial Organ

Time-Lapse Video

During the weeks of June 12 and June 19 the Arents Memorial, the great organ of Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue for 60 years, was deconstructed and removed from the church in preparation for the installation of the Miller-Scott Organ. The video below chronicles the process and you can also click or tap here to view a photo gallery of some of the more striking images from the decomissioning.

Hauptwerk Console


The Hauptwerk console, built by Ortloff Organ Co of Brookline, Mass., was installed in August 2016. Its initial purpose is to provide temporary organ leadership in the chancel of Saint Thomas Church in the 22-month period between the removal of the Arents Organ and the arrival of the Miller-Scott. At that time, the Hauptwerk console moves to Saint Thomas Choir School to serve as a practice instrument.

Hauptwerk technology reflects a new idea in digital organ thinking. Most digital organs have attempted to simulate a pipe organ through sounds sampled from various instruments. The Hauptwerk model does not try to create its own tonal palette, but instead to recreate specific historic instruments through intensive, specific sampling. Thus, Hauptwerk technology has found widespread application in homes and studios, allowing regular exposure to the timbres and balances of historic organs for practice and study. Dozens of historic organs are available; the 1874/1934 Willis at Salisbury Cathedral is the sample set presently loaded onto the Saint Thomas Hauptwerk.

During this interim period, the principal instrument for hymns and voluntaries remains the Loening-Hancock (Taylor & Boody 1996, expanded in 2016 with a third manual and additional registers).