St. Brendan Catholic Church
Hilliard, OH
2/8 Humpe
1981

organ

In the photo above is the Humpe 2/8 pipe organ in St. Brendan Catholic Church in Hilliard, Ohio. Despite its small size, the organ is able to provide sufficient sound to lead the congregation in song. These pages give some information about the instrument's specifications and construction.

Parish and Church History

St. Brendan Church is located in Hilliard, Ohio which is a suburb of the city of Columbus. 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 inside

The current 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 terrazzo 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.

The organ was built by Joe Humpe of Humpe Organ Company in Richmond, OH under the consultation of then Diocesan Music Director Msgr. F. Thomas Gallen (an old photo of Msgr. Gallen can be found here). The organ's console was built with expansion in mind and includes several blank knobs for additional ranks, however the organ was not expanded during the church's expansion.

While fully functioning, the church's organ shares Mass accompaniment duties with a couple Contemporary Music ensembles. It is an instrument of small stature, and should the parish need to build a new church due to parish growth, the instrument likely would be replaced (there is nothing of historical significance in the instrument to suggest it should be preserved). However for now, the humble Humpe organ ambles along.

Credits and Links

I'd like to thank the staff at St. Brendan for assistance and access to the instrument. Thanks also to former St. Brendan Music Director Pete McClernon for providing historical information for the instrument.

Stop List Photos of the Pipes Photos of the Console St. Brendan Catholic Church - Hilliard, OH



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