Stephen Tharp plays favorite hymns on the Holy Rosary Cathedral Organ


Stephen Tharp plays favorite hymns on the Skinner Pipe Organ at Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio. “Joyful, joyful, we adore thee” and many more.

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Combine a Skinner Pipe Organ, Church Hymns, and Stephen Tharp at the console and you have a winning combination. These are simple hymn tunes, but with Stephen Tharp’s improvised, on-the-spot harmonizations, interludes and preludes. Stephen Tharp shows off the entire tonal range of this Skinner pipe organ from its most hushed strings through its thunderous reed choruses. The 1930 Skinner pipe organ, Opus 820, installed at the Cathedral of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary in 1931, is one of the very few extant pipe organs that represents the culmination of Ernest M. Skinner’s lifetime of experience. A close study of this pipe organ shows aural and visual evidence of the Skinner design features from the prior quarter century, yet refined to a state of perfection. The evolutionary path indicates the influence of the many great organs, organists and organ builders who contributed to Mr. Skinner’s expanding awareness of tonal possibilities. The clear, precise mixture choruses are balanced alongside prompt, bright and clear reeds, beautiful solo stops and lush, piquant strings across 4 manuals and pedal.

  Name Composer
1 The strife is o er, the battle won  
2 All my hope on God is founded  
3 Comfort, comfort ye my people  
4 A mighty fortress is our God  
5 Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound  
6 God of our fathers, whose almighty hand  
7 I vow to thee, my country  
8 The Church’s one foundation  
9 Joyful, joyful, we adore thee  
10 When Jesus left his Father’s throne  
11 Hark! A thrilling voice is sounding  
12 All glory, laud and honor  
13 The Lord will come and not be slow  
14 Ride on! Ride on in majesty!  
15 O God, our help in ages past  
16 I heard the voice of Jesus say  
17 As newborn stars were stirred to song  
18 Notre Dame, Our Mother  
19 Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming  
20 Lord, you give the great commission  
21 When in our music God is glorified  
22 Only begotten, Word of God eternal  


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