The Miller-Scott Organ

Dobson Organ Builders Featured on WHO-TV in Des Moines

Watch a news story about Dobson Organ Builders Ltd. of Lake City, Iowa that features an in-depth look at the Miller-Scott Organ. Read the full article.

Dedication of the Irene D. and William R. Miller Chancel Organ in Memory of John Scott

After years of planning and fundraising for the Miller-Scott Organ our dream has become a reality. The Dedication Recital, played October 5 by Daniel Hyde, can be heard here.

The actual dedication took place at Solemn Eucharist on October 7, which, appropriately, was also the Feast of the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church. That Mass, featuring Jean Langlais’ Messe Solenelle and music of former St Thomas Organists and Choirmasters, can be heard here.

The cost to build, carve and install the Miller-Scott Organ, one of the world’s premier instruments, was approximately $11 million. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of parishioners and friends of Saint Thomas, we have raised almost $9 million. If you would like to make a gift, we would be most appreciative. Please click or tap here.

An Overview of the New Organ

In this article from the September 2017 issue of Organists’ Review Erik Wm. Suter provides a brief history of organs at Saint Thomas Church since 1913. He explains how the Miller-Scott Organ fits into this tradition and the ways in which it fulfills the complex needs of both performers and parishioners at the church. Mr. Suter delves into the technical and aesthetic considerations of both the organ itself and how it interacts with the rest of the building both visually and sonically.

Giving Voice to the Organ

The tuning, or “voicing”, of the Miller-Scott Organ took over a year of hard work on the part of Dobson Pipe Organ Builders. Below you’ll find two videos exploring some of the methods used to tune such a complex instrument. The first describes the ins and outs of tuning a specific type of stop called mixtures. The second highlights the use of a portable keyboard that Dobson employed to listen from many angles at Saint Thomas Church.

Pipe Installations

Watch work on the north and south chambers during the Summer of 2017.