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Schlicker Organ



The church’s magnificent Schlicker organ has three parts. The antiphonal component was installed in the north transept in 1965 to help worshippers seated toward the front of the church hear the organ better. The main case was finished in 1966 and placed in the west gallery above the narthex. Behind the organ desk, a third component, the positiv, was added, also in 1966. Its pipes are cantilevered over the rear of the nave in order to fill a void where a tone shadow is sometimes cast.

Together, the three parts produce a splendid neo-Baroque sound and make for a stirring visual impact. Herman Schlicker, the German immigrant founder of the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York, designed the instrument in collaboration with Mount Olive’s cantor at the time, Paul Manz.

The Mount Olive organ does not rank among the very largest in the metro area, nor is it among the most extensive instruments that Schlicker built in his celebrated career. But it perfectly fits the needs of a parish with a robust musical appetite in a relatively small space (fewer than 500 seats).







The organ has 39 independent registers and 55 ranks of pipes. The base rests 12 feet above the narthex and rises about 28 feet. The pedal organ is on either side of the façade, with its largest pipes adorning the façade itself. The swell organ (Manual III), under expression, is in the center, and the great organ (Manual II) is placed on top of it. The Tromepta Real, with its copper resonators, runs horizontally from the center of the organ. The positiv (Manual I) cantilevers from the gallery rail.

Stop control is by tilting tablets. There are 74 stop tablets and 36 combination pistons. The four-foot principal and mixture pipes are made of an alloy of 75 percent tin and 25 percent lead. Metal bass pipes are made of zinc; two registers are made of wood, and two reed registers have copper registers. The organ’s three components contain 3,065 pipes.

Each manual and pedal division has an independent and complete ensemble together with a mixture. The entire organ is voiced on low wind pressure consistent with Baroque voicing principles. Minimal nicking of the languids of the flue pipes has been employed. Each set of pipes has been voiced to permit individuality, yet each blends and contributes in a predetermined way to the ensemble. The entire organ, with the exception of the antiphonal, uses the slider chest principle.

The organ’s prime purpose is to inspire and lead the congregation and choir, as well as to supply service music. The instrument is also capable of playing organ literature from any period, and playing it well. It can lead majestically, but can also evoke the quietest prayers.


Contact Cantor David Cherwien with further questions.


Organ Specifications



Great Organ Positive Organ
16’ Pommer 61 pipes 8’ Gedeckt 61 pipes
8’ Principal 61 pipes 4’ Rohrfloete 61 pipes
8’ Spitzfloete 61 pipes 2’ Principal 61 pipes
4’ Octave 61 pipes 1-1/3’ Klein Nasat 61 pipes
4’ Hohlfloete 61 pipes 1’ Siffloete 61 pipes
2’ Octave 61 pipes   III-IV Scharf 225 pipes
  IV-VI Mixture 330 pipes 8’ Krummhorn 61 pipes
16’ Trompeta Real 12 pipes   Tremolo  
8’ Trompeta Real 61 pipes 16’ Trompeta Real (Great)
4’ Trompeta Real 12 pipes 8’ Trompeta Real (Great)
  Chimes   4’ Trompeta Real (Great)

Swell Organ Pedal Organ
8’ Rohrfloete 61 pipes 32’ Resultant  
8’ Salicional 61 Pipes 16’ Principal 12 pipes
8’ Voix Celeste 56 pipes 16’ Subbass 32 pipes
8’ Dolce 61 pipes 16’ Pommer (Great)
8’ Dolce Celeste 49 pipes 8’ Octave 32 pipes
4’ Principal 61 pipes 8’ Pommer (Great) 32 pipes
4’ Koppelfloete 61 pipes 4’ Choralbass  
2-2/3’ Nasat 61 pipes 4’ Pommer (Great)  
2’ Nachthorn 61 pipes 2’ Blockfloete 32 pipes
1 3/5’ Terz (Tenor C) 45 pipes   IV Mixture 128 pipes
16’ Fagott 61 pipes 32’ Contra-Fagott 12 pipes
8’ Schalmei 61 pipes 16’ Posaune 32 pipes
4’ Clarion 24 pipes 16’ Fagott (Swell)  
  Mixture V 305 pipes 8’ Trompeta Real (Great)  
  Tremolo   8’ Trumpet 12 pipes
      4’ Clarion (Swell)  



Antiphonal Organ Specifications


Great Organ   Combination Pistons
8’ Rohrgedeckt (metal) 61 pipes   Great 1 2 3 4 5
4’ Principal 61 pipes   Positiv 1 2 3 4
2’ Gemshorn 61 pipes   Swell 1 2 3 4 5
  III Mixture 171 pipes   Pedal 1 2 3 4
        General 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Pedal Organ
16' Gedeckt (Great)
8’ Gedeckt (Great)

8’ Great to Pedal   16’ Swell to Great  
8’ Positiv to Pedal   8' Swell to Great  
8’ Swell to Pedal   4’ Swell to Great  
16’ Positiv to Great   16’ Swell to Swell  
8’ Positiv to Great   4’ Swell to Swell  
16’ Swell to Positiv   8’ Antiphonal to Great  
8’ Swell to Positiv   8’ Antiphonal to Pedal  
4’ Swell to Positiv     Antiphonal ON Great OFF Switch



  • General to Cancel (Piston and toe studs)
  • Zimbelstern ON and OFF (toe stud)
  • Sforzando and indicator light (Piston and toe stud)
  • Seven cast bells
  • Great to Pedal reversible (Piston and toe stud)
  • Balanced Swell expression pedal
  • Crescendo pedal and indicator light
  • Crescendo pedal ON and OFF (Toe stud)



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