The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Jane Frances de Chantal R.C. Church
9601 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

OHS Database ID 52532.

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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 January 8, 2017.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Electric key action. Electric stop action.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 28 stops. 37 registers. 37 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. Adjustable combination pistons. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Combination action toe studs. Coupler reversible thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • This entry describes an original installation of a new pipe organ. Identified by John Igoe, using information found inThe Diapason, March 2014. -- Diapason article includes stoplist and photographs (Database Manager. March 24, 2014)
  • Updated by Russell Joseph Weismann, who has heard or played the organ.
    Church was original Frohman building. Renovated and expanded in 2001. Organ sits in original choir loft. Other bids solicited by Casavant and Letourneau (James Cook. January 8, 2017)

Online Documents

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  • Contract for new organ. Cover letter from Mark Lively with summary philosophy and payment details; organ description, stoplist, drawings of console layout, facade drawing and rendering.. Source: 8.5x11 in paper; 11 pages. Document Date. September 17, 2010. Document received from Russell Weismann 2017-01-09.
  • Dedication Program. Recital program, photographs, performer biography (Russell Weismann), organ stoplist, calendar of events. Source: 8.5x11" paper; four pages; color print. Document Date. November 17, 2013. Document received from Russell Weismann 2017-01-09.
  • Dedication Mass Program. Program/Pew bulletin for Mass, with music for chants and hymns, and texts of choral music. Source: 8.5x11" paper; 20 pages;. Document Date. November 17, 2013. Document received from Russell Weismann 2017-01-09.

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  • Weismann, Russell. "New Organs: St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church, Bethesda, Maryland; Lively-Fulcher Organbuilders, Rocky Mount, Virginia," The Diapason (Vol. 105, No. 3 [March 2014], p. 32). [photographs, description, stoplist]

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Great Pipework. Photograph by Russell Joseph Weismann 2013-12-01
Church Interior and Console. Photograph by Russell Joseph Weismann (ca. 2013) 2013-12-01
Organ Case. Photograph by Russell Joseph Weismann (ca. 2013) 2013-12-01

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: Factory Specification
    Bethesda, Maryland
    St. Jane Frances de Chantal Roman Catholic Parish
    Lively-Fulcher Organbuilders   2010        3 manuals, 28 stops, 37 ranks
             GREAT ORGAN (Manual I)              SWELL ORGAN (Manual II)
         16' Bourdon             49 a         8' Violin Diapason     61
          8' Open Diapason       61           8' Chimney Flute       61
          8' Stopped Flute       61           8' Viole de gambe      61
          8' Harmonic Flute      49           8' Voix céleste (GG)   56
          4' Principal           61           4' Principal           61
          4' Open Flute          61           4' Traverse Flute      61
          2' Fifteenth           61       2 2/3' Nazard              61
             Furniture IV       244           2' Harmonic Piccolo    61
          8' Trumpet             61       1 3/5' Tierce              61
          4' Clarion             61              Full Mixture III   183
               Great sub-octave              16' Bassoon             73
               Swell to Great                 8' Cornopean           61
               Solo to Great                  8' Hautboy (fr. 16')   --
               Tremulant                           Swell sub-octave
             SOLO ORGAN (Manual III)             PEDAL ORGAN
             Cornet V (tg)      203          32' Resultant           --
         16' Bombarde            -- b        16' Open Wood           44
          8' Trompette           73          16' Subbass             44
          4' Clairon   (fr. Tpt) --           8' Principal           44
          8' Clarinet  (prepared-for)         8' Open Flute (fr. OW) --
                                              8' Bass Flute (fr. SB) --
                                              4' Fifteenth  (fr. Pr) --
                                             16' Trombone            44
                                             16' Bassoon (Sw.)       --
                                              8' Trumpet (fr. Tbn)   --
          a  1-12 from PED Subbass                 Great to Pedal
          b  1-12 from PED Trombone;               Swell to Pedal
               13-61 from SO Trompette             Solo to Pedal
    [Received from Steven E. Lawson  2016-02-22]
  • Click Here Typed stoplist. Source: Factory Specification Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.