Expansion of the Saint John's Abbey Holtkamp Organ

organ1.jpgThe Expansion of the Saint John's Abbey Holtkamp Organ creates excitement among our undergraduate and graduate organ students! .Our Project is Progressing Quickly.

Our goal for expanding and completing our Holtkamp pipe organ is to give inspiration, spiritual nourishment, and artistic excitement to thousands of people over the next century. The completed Holtkamp/Pasi instrument will be a fantastic catalyst in inspiring our students who will be leading music and worship in churches throughout the United States and beyond.


organ3.jpgConstruction of the expanded pipe organ progresses quickly. Pictured here is the making of the 32-foot pipes in the Abbey Woodworking Shop. And above is KC Marrin, manager of the project, pictured with woodworker Fr. Lew Grobe (far left) and Fr. Bob Koopmann (far right) viewing the wood being glued together for the pipes that will weigh over 700 pounds.

Meanwhile, in the shop of the Martin Pasi Organs in Roy, Washington, the enormous swell box (pictured below) which will contain many new pipes is nearing completion! Installation of the pipes will begin during this coming summer!


Fundraising: Many, many generous donors have stepped up to assist Saint John's with this remarkable project. And we are so very excited to announce that two new generous capstone matching gifts are now leading us to the final stages of fundraising for this project: one from Robert M. Weyerhauser and one from Dennis and Ruthanne Neeser.

Your contributions will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 by these generous gifts. Help us complete this project that will inspire thousands of people with beautiful music and liturgy for the next century. Thank you!