The Miller-Scott Organ
The Miller-Scott Organ is one of North America’s most significant pipe organs. It contains 7,069 pipes, including fifteen ranks retained from the previous chancel instrument, the Arents Memorial Organ. These include some of the largest existing wooden pipes, rebuilt and reinstated; these include the very softest sounds, several flutes and strings, and some specialty trumpet stops.
In addition to supporting the parish’s internationally-renowned liturgical and musical life, the Miller-Scott Organ serves as a showcase for recitalists from across the world and helps Saint Thomas nurture the next generation of organists.
In the spring of 1996 the gallery instrument was dedicated as the Loening-Hancock Organ. The firm of Taylor & Boody of Staunton, Virginia built the instrument which contains twenty-one stops over two manuals and a pedal. The instrument is inspired by the tradition of organ building which was active in the Netherlands and North Germany in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A third manual (Brustwerk) and several prepared-for stops were added in 2016. Stop and key action are mechanical and the temperament is Kellner.
The Hauptwerk Console
A three-manual Hauptwerk digital console serves as a practice resource. It is located at Saint Thomas Choir School, and was built by Ortloff Organ Co. of Brookline, Mass. From June 2016 through September 2018, this console was located at Saint Thomas Church as a temporary instrument between the removal of the Arents Organ and the completion of the Miller-Scott Organ.
Martha J. Dodge Continuo Organ
The Martha J. Dodge Continuo Organ was built and initiated in December, 2001. This superb portative instrument, consisting of 4 ranks and pipes, was built by the firm of Taylor & Boody.