The Cathedral Organ

The Cathedral Organ is one of the largest pipe organs in the Northwest. It was first installed in 1960 as the current church building was being built, and was heard for the first time on Sunday, December 18, 1960. The large number of pipe sounds combine to provide an impressive array of tonal colors. In a way, playing the Cathedral Organ is like having an entire orchestra in one instrument. The Cathedral Organ is available for tours and small group demonstrations. If your group is interested in scheduling a visit, please contact the music staff.

Organ History

The Cathedral Organ built by the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston, Massachusetts, is one of the Cathedral’s musical treasures. At its installation, the organ had fifty-seven ranks (or sets of pipes). Later, additions to the instrument were made by the Balcolm and Vaughan Organ Company of Seattle, Washington (in 1983, 1996, and 1999).

Behind the Scenes – How the Organ Works

David Young, Principal Organist at the Cathedral takes us behind the scenes to see how the organ works and where the sounds come from.