Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception

Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Peoria (2)

607 N.E. Madison Avenue
Peoria, IL


Great (non-enclosed)
Gemshorn 16’
Open Diapason 8’
Second Diapason 8’
Octave 4’
Quint 2 2/3’
Fifteenth 2’
Grave Mixture III
Acute Mixture III
Mixture V
Hohlfloete 8’
Gedecktpommer 8’
Gemshorn 8’
Rohr Flute 4’
Trumpet 8’
Clarion Harmonic 4’
Great to Great 16’
Great to Great 4’
Unison Off

Dolce 16’
Melodia 8’
Harmonic Flute 8’
Prestant 4’
Suabe Flute 4’
Claribel Flute 2’
Dulciana 8’
Unda Maris 8’
Dulcet 4’
Quint 2 2/3’
Tierce 1 3/5’
Septieme 1 1/7’
French Horn 8’
Clarinet 8’
Choir to Choir 16’
Choir to Choir 4’
Unison Off
Choir Reeds Tremulant

Lieblichbourdon 16’
Open Diapason 8’
Octave 4’
Nazard 2 2/3’
Tierce 1 3/5’
Scharf IV
Stopped Flute 8’
Flauto Traverso 8’
Blockfloete 4’
Spitzfloete 2’
Waldflute 2’
Violincello 8’
Celeste 8’
Contra Fagotto 16’
Cornopean 8’
Oboe 8’
Swell to Swell 16’
Swell to Swell 4’
Unison Off
Swell Reeds Tremulant

Principal 16’
Quint 10 2/3
Octave 8’
Quint 5 1/3’
Super Octave 4’
Mixture III
Bourdon 16’
Violine 16’
Gemshorn 16’
Dolce 16’
Cello 8’
Lieblichbourdon 16’
Gedecktpommer 8’
Harmonic Flute 8’
Blockfloete 4’
Contra Trombone 32’
Trombone 16’
Contra Fagotto 16’
Bombarde 16’

Great to Pedal 8’
Great to Pedal 4’
Swell to Pedal 8’
Swell to Pedal 4’
Choir to Pedal 8’
Choir to Swell 16’
Choir to Swell 8’
Choir to Swell 4’
Swell to Great 16’
Swell to Great 8’
Swell to Great 4’
Choir to Great 16’
Choir to Great 8’
Choir to Great 4’
Swell to Choir 16’
Swell to Choir 8’
Swell to Choir 4’
Master Swell On/Off
10 General Pistons
(duplicated on Toe Studs)
6 Divisional Pistons
Great to Pedal Reversible
32’ Contra Trombone
SFZ Reversible

Wicks Organ Company, Opus 1503 - Installed November 1936

63 stops over 3 manuals and pedal, Tonal design by Dom Erwin Vitry, O.S.B.

Scaling, Voicing, and Finishing by Henry Vincent Willis

For WICKS CO. info on this organ click here:  WICKS INFO PEORIA CATHEDRAL ORGAN
To listen to this organ being played click here: Peoria Cathedral organ symphonies

In the late fall of 1935, Bishop Joseph H. Schlarman appointed noted church musician Dom Ermin Vitry, OSB, from St. Mary's Institute in O'Fallon, Missouri, who had a wealth of experience with organs, to design the new cathedral organ. He chose the local Wicks Organ Company, and with Rev. Lyford Kern, the choirmaster at St. Mary Cathedral, personally supervised the construction of the instrument at the Wicks Factory in Highland, Illinois. It was build to be a three manual organ with 3,329 pipes and keys made of genuine ivory. In 1937 it represented the greatest and latest achievement in organ building.

  • The total weight of the organ was 28,000 pounds, out of which about 12,000 pounds of metal were used to make the pipes.
  • The wire used for the various electrical parts connections would be long enough to encircle the globe several times.
  • There were eleven kinds of lumber used for making various wood parts.
  • A selected group of 73 experienced organ builders took part in its construction.
  • A period of eight weeks was required for the installation.




Schlicker Organ Company, 1975

little organ


1 manual – divided
Gedacht 8’
Robur Flute 4’
Principal 2’
Mixture III-IV
Regal 8’


Tonal improvements by Hal Gober, 2005 The overall character of the organ's flue stops was improved by optimizing the cutups to obtain a fuller, less aggressive sound. In the Cathedral's very supportive acoustic, it was possible to do this while retaining the quite low wind pressure. We took advantage of the organ's divided stops and modified the mixture by lowering its pitch over the whole range and making the treble into a three rank Sesquialtera, adding considerable versatility to the instrument. A wedge bellows will also be installed with the twin goals of getting rid of pitch sag under high wind demand and a more interesting wind.

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