Many outstanding organs and worship spaces may be found in the Pittsburgh area, including the 1962 Rudolf von Beckerath Organ at St. Paul Cathedral. This magnificent four manual instrument is featured in hundreds of liturgies each year, as well as in recitals by local and visiting organists. Hailed as one of Beckerath’s finest instruments, it recently received extensive restoration by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders.
Craig Cramer of the University of Notre Dame identified the St. Paul Cathedral organ as one of the most significant instruments in the United States, stating “I consider this organ to be one of the monument organs of the continent. Certainly it can be said that this organ is one of the most important organs to be installed anywhere on this continent in the post World War II era. It is a masterpiece, not only in sound, but in its architectural concept as well. It follows majestically and proudly the basic tenets of the great antique European models, and as such it represents all that is good about the organ as an instrument”.
Here is Paul Jacobs, who grew up near Pittsburgh, playing the St. Paul Cathedral organ: