St. Brendan Catholic Church
2/8 Humpe - 1981
In the photo
above is the Humpe 2/8 pipe
organ in St. Brendan Catholic Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Despite it's
small size, the organ is able to provide sufficient sound to lead the
congregation in song. While I doubt the builder had a particular sound
in mind, if classified I would say it is more baroque sounding mainly
due to its basses being very soft overall.
Parish and Church History
Nestled on the east side of Hilliard, Ohio is
Church. The parish has been in existence since 1956 and is one of the
top five largest parishes in the Columbus Diocese with over 3,500
families. The size of the parish is expected to expand as new homes are
built in former farmland fields in Hilliard not far from the church.
church was built in
1981 and expanded in 1995. Capacity of the church is a little less than
1,100 people. As can be seen above, the church is laid out in a
semi-circle with the organ sitting on the left side of the room. The
terazzo floor and lack of any carpeting anywhere in the room make it
very bright thus sound travels well. Hence the small stature of the
organ is not as much of an issue than it would be if the room had
carpeting or other sound dampening accessories.
While fully functioning, the church's organ is not used for most Mass
services. Contemporary ensembles play once or twice during the weekend
with the remaining Masses usually accompanied by piano. The organ is
often used for major church holidays and almost always for weddings.
Because of the anticipated parish growth, there are discussions of
possibly building a new church on land directly behind the parish
school. If this becomes a reality, likely the current organ will not be
kept. Whether the parish members will want to splurge for a
pipe organ (as opposed to an electronic organ) remains to be seen.
Until that time, the humble Humpe organ ambles along.
Credits and Links
I'd like to thank St. Brendan Music Director Pete McClernon for his
assistance with this page. Pete has known my family since I've been
born and was at my parent's parish when I was baptized. In 2004 my wife
and I began attending St. Brendan which was the same year Pete became
music director. So our paths have crossed again 30 years after they