The OHS Pipe Organ Database

St. Mary's R. C.
44 North Main Street
Cortland, New York 13045

Church sanctuary

OHS Database ID 5443.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 184.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 18, 2017.

Technical Details

Slider chests. Mechanical key action. Mechanical stop action.

Two manuals. 20 stops. 21 ranks.

The organ is in a gallery at the rear of the room and some pipes are exposed. Traditional style console. The organ has an attached keydesk.

Drawknobs in horizontal rows on terraced/stepped jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Fixed mechanical system. Concave straight pedalboard.


  • Status Note: There 1996 (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Moved to new bldg in 1913. Rear gallery. Bellows to be releathered 1997 by Culver Mowers. (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through information posted to PIPORG-L by Cullie Mowers: -- This unforgettable instrument in spectacular acoustics was heard with orchestra and chorus at the closing program of the 1980 OHS Convention. In the intervening years it has been extensively and respectfully restored, including the large and richly-decorated facade. (James Cook. October 20, 2008)
  • Updated through on-line information from Michael Haughn. -- The organ was originally added to the choir loft during the church's construction, before the roof was built. The original blower was situated in a gallery level room to the left of the organ, in which large ducts provided the air. After a renovation of the instrument, the current blower system is now attached to the instrument. (Database Manager. March 17, 2009)
  • Updated through online information from Michael Haughn. -- Organ was built 1896 for St. Mary's of the Vail Catholic Church in Cortland, NY, which was across the street from the current location of St. Mary's Catholic Church. (Database Manager. May 23, 2013)
  • Updated by J.R. Daniels, who has heard or played the organ. J.R. Daniels also named this publication as a source of information: December 18, 1895 - The Cortland Standard.
    The organ was installed the week before Christmas, 1895 in the previous building (St. Mary of the Vale). It was first heard on Christmas Eve, 1895. (James Cook. February 18, 2017)

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Organ in rear gallery. Photograph by Michael Haughn 2008-05-11
Church Exterior. Photograph by Jim Cook 2014-08-13

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  • Stoplist copied from recital program
    Cortland, New York
    St. Mary's Catholic Church
    Morey & Barnes, Op. 165, Built 1896
    Bourdon       16'
    Open Diapason 8'
    Duciana       8'
    Melodia       8'
    Octave        4'
    Flute d'Amour 4'
    Fifteenth     2'
    Twelfth       2 2/3'
    Mixture       III
    Trumpet       8'
    SWELL (enclosed)
    Open Diapason    8'
    Viola da Gamba   8'
    Stopped Diapason 8'
    Fugara           4'
    Flute Harmonique 4'
    Flautino         2'
    Oboe (t.c.)      8'
    Bassoon          8'
    Double Open Diapason 16'
    Bourdon              16'
     [Received on line from Michael Haughn March 17, 2009.]
     [Received on line from Michael Haughn March 17, 2009.]
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