The people of the Cathedral are blessed with a church organ of superb expressiveness and carillon bells in the tower that ring out to the city.

Mark A. Babcock, Cathedral Organist

Choral and instrumental music is central to our worship of God at the cathedral. Cathedral Organist Mark A. Babcock plays the 8 and 10am services with special emphasis on robust congregational singing (at the 10am service) and a varied menu of organ repertoire from Baroque to modern. 

68-rank Casavant Organ, op. 3719  

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  • Built by Casavant Freres, Ltd. of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec
  • The main organ and chancel installed in 1993
  • The antiphonal division and trumpets were added In 1997
  • In 2008, the 32-foot Contre Violon was added

There are 3,916 pipes, and the biggest weighs 550 pounds. It is one of the largest pipe organs in the state.

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Recent Events

Light! Organ Music for the Season of Epiphany

Mark A. Babcock, Cathedral Organist

January 2017

 

Advent Organ Recitals

December 2016

 

Dr. Michael Elsbernd, Organist in Recital

November 2016

 

Dr. Ahreum Han, Organist in Recital

March 2016

 

Durufle Requiem, Cathedral Choir and Central College A Cappella Choir

November 2015

 

James Kennerly, Organist in Recital

November 2014

 

Gerald Martindale, Carillonneur in Concert

September 2014

 

Carl Gravander, Advent Organ Recital

December 2013

Carl Gravander, Cathedral Carillonneur

Windsor Memorial Carillon  

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St. Paul’s carillon is one of only three in Iowa. By definition, a carillon must have a minimum of 22 bells; St. Paul’s has 25.

  • The 12 original bells were cast in 1896 by the McShane Foundry, Baltimore. 
  • Three additional bells were installed in 1989, and 10 more in 1991.

These last 13 bells and the rebuild of the bell tower were a gift from the Windsor family, hence, the Windsor Memorial Carillon.