110 E. Lincoln Avenue,
New Castle, PA 16101

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Victorgan on August 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm

The Moller Pipe Organ is still exists and is being restored. It also has a Artiste Roll Player Unit and the Cathedral owns all the original rolls. In recent years, organ concerts and silent movies with live artist have occured with great success. Profits from these events are going into the organ preservation/restoration fund. You can go to the Cathedral web site for concert/movie schedules. I know there are plans for “Phantom of the Opera” (Lon Chaney)to be shown on Halloween evening, 10-31-14 with live organ accompaniment.

The organ console is located in the orchestra pit and has its own elevator. There are 5 chambers located on each side of the prosidium arch (Left: Choir, String & Solo; Right: Swell & Great (which houses the enclosed and unenclosed great divisions and pedal). The Organ contains only 3 percussions: a Deagan Harp, Deagan Chimes and a piano playable from the console.

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on July 21, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Not only is the organ still there, it’s being restored! The following article has all the details including a special concert in October to kick off the restoration project. A great chance to see this magnificent building!

Jack Oberleitner
Jack Oberleitner on August 19, 2010 at 12:29 am

Thanks for the clarifications!
I will check with my “expert in residence” in New Castle to see if the organ is still there.
Will report.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on August 15, 2010 at 4:38 am

1st Floor 918
1st Balcony 1,026
2nd Balcony 890

About the organ, somethings rotten in Denmark and Mathies Moller was born in Denmark!

I know the info on the organ came from the info provided by the Cathedral. I’m not a great expert on pipe organs but, the console is the framework containing the keyboards, stops, pedals, and other controls of the organ. I have never known of a pipe organ that had 4 consoles. That would mean it would need 4 organists. A few organs have had 2 consoles. I sure what was meant was that it had 4 keyboards or what are called, 4 manuals.

I have never heard of a Mueller Organ. I have heard of Margaret and John Mueller who are organist, but that dosen’t count.
There was a Muller Organ in the Netherlands around 1735, so I don’t think that counts.
What makes the most sense is Mathias Moller’s, Moller Pipe Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland (just south of the Pennsylvania border) which went into business in 1875 and made something like 11,000 pipe organs. I could find no record in old organ records of an organ ever being installed, but that would have been about 85 years ago. I would guess because of financial problems back then it was either reposssed or sold. I bet it’s no longer in the theater, but I hope it is. What do you think?

Anyone have more info, more info on the organ, or more photos?