Cathedral Organ


The organ at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral was installed at the time of the church’s construction in the mid-1920s. It was built by Ernest M. Skinner and Company, who had developed a national reputation for building large organs for some of the most prestigious churches, concert halls, colleges, and auditoriums in the country. These include The Cathedral of St. John the Divine (op. 150, 1906); Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh (op. 180, 1910) and St Thomas Episcopal Church, Fifth Avenue, New York City (op. 205, 1913). The organ’s initial specification was four manuals, forty-three stops, thirty-six ranks and 2,497 pipes, including an Echo chamber in the rear gallery containing four ranks of pipes (removed in 2001 to undergo repairs, returning in 2014).

The current specification of the organ can be found here. In addition to over one thousand pipes that have been added to the organ since the 1920s, the most recent additions to the instrument included many digital stops, enhancing both the organ’s power and versatility. This latest project, completed in 2002, was Phase One of a two part phase to overhaul the organ. The second phase of the renovations involves the upkeep of the pipework already in existence, since much of the leatherwork needs replacing, in order to ensure the organ's ability to function reliably for decades to come.

In September 2011, as part of Trinity's re-certification project, the organ's pipes, windchests and mechanical components were moved to the factory of R.A.Colby in Johnson City, Tennessee (click here to view the removal timelapse video). In addition for the second phase of the organ renovations to take place, the removal of the pipes conveniently coincided with the construction in the cathedral.  During the renovation the organ console remained in place with the complete specification playable as a digital instrument. The reinstallation took place in three stages, beginning in October 2013 with the replacement of the manual keyboards and pedalboard.

On completion of the reinstallation, organists from some of the world's most prestigious cathedrals visited Miami to take part in the Jubilee Recital Series that ran from January to May 2014. Click here to download the series program which includes a more detailed history of the instrument. 


2016 recitals:

Sunday, May 1st at 6:00pm - The English Channel - Christopher Harrell (St Philip's, Coral Gables)

Sunday, July 3rd at 6:00pm - Changing StatesMatthew Steynor (Trinity Cathedral, Miami)

Sunday, September 4th at 6:00pm - Richard Gowers (King's College, Cambridge, UK)

Sunday, October 30th at 6:00pm - The Phantom of the Opera - Timothy Brumfield (St Gregory's, Boca Raton, formerly St John the Divine, NYC)


Tickets for the remaining two concerts are $15 in advance and $20 on the door.

Click here to buy series tickets (also available at the door).


  August 2016  
Upcoming Events




Holy Eucharist
12:10 PM
All Saints Chapel


Organ recital - Richard Gowers
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
The Senior organ scholar of King's College, Cambridge, UK performs a recital on Trinity's historic Aeolian-Skinner instrument.
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