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St. Mary's R.C. Church
15 St. Mary's Place
Rochester, New York 14607

OHS Database ID 49402.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition April 6, 2017.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 9 stops. 9 ranks. 458 pipes. Manual compass is 58 notes. Pedal compass is 27 notes.

Traditional style console with a keyboard cover that can be lifted to form a music rack. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs.


  • In the early Fall of 2006 it came to the attention of Kerala Snyder, Professor Emerita of Musicology at Eastman School of Music, that Carolyn and Noel Nilson of Sandisfield, Massachusetts were looking for a new home for their Hook & Hastings pipe organ. The organ had been purchased by the Nilsons through the Organ Clearing House in 1968, assembled by them in their home, and lovingly cared for over the years. Some phone calls were made, and it was arranged that Barbara Owen would stop by and take a look at the organ, which she did, and to which she gave her stamp of approval.

    On October 28, Rob Kerner, Pipe Organ Technician of the Eastman School, went to the Nilsons to look over the organ from a tuning and maintenance point of view, and to estimate what it would take to get the organ to Rochester. He agreed that this instrument was a fine example of Hook & Hastings’ work, was unusually well preserved (pumping mechanism and all), and would make a very welcome addition to Eastman’s collection. Since the Nilsons were selling their house and wanted to move the organ quickly, a few more calls were made, and the Nilsons graciously agreed to donate the organ to the Eastman School.

    The organ was installed in Christ Church (Episcopal) in the first months of 2007 by Rob Kerner and students in the “Organ Design and Maintenance? class. It served as the main service instrument there while the Craighead-Saunders organ was being installed.

    Upon completion of the Craighead-Saunders organ, The Hook & Hastings was moved to St. Mary’s Church and inaugurated on Sunday, April 18, 2010. (Eastman School of Music website) (Database Manager. March 28, 2012)

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Organ Case, Facade Pipes and Console. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2017-04-06
Organ Case and Console. Photograph by Len Levasseur 2017-04-06

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  • Typed specification. Source: From Eastman School of Music website

  • Rochester, New York
    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    Hook & Hastings Co.   Opus 1697   1896
    Built for St. Joseph Catholic Church, Pepperell, Massachusetts
    2 manuals, 9 stops, 9 ranks
          GREAT ORGAN                     SWELL ORGAN
       8' Open Diapason      58        8' Stopped Diapason   58
       8' Melodia            58        8' Viola (TC)         46
       8' Dulciana (TC)      46        4' Harmonic Flute     58
       4' Octave             58        8' Oboe (TC)          46
          PEDAL ORGAN                     COUPLERS
      16' Subbass            27           Swell to Great
                                          Swell to Great 8va
          Tremulant                       Great to Pedal
          Swell Pedal                     Swell to Pedal
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2017-04-06]
  • Typed specification. Source: From Eastman School of Music website Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.