Mr. Paul Monachino
Director of Liturgical Music
Office of Divine Worship
Department of Diocesan Pastoral Services
Diocese of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43604-5360
Director of Music / Organist
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
2535 Collingwood Blvd.
Toledo, OH 43610
The Director of Liturgical Music, a member of the Office of Worship,
- serves as a resource for parish musicians throughout the Diocese of Toledo.
- responds to individual telephone or e-mail inquiries from parishes in the area of liturgical music.
- oversees the Diocesan Music Committee which presents workshops on topics of interest for the development and ongoing formation of parish musicians.
- assists the Office of Divine Worship in planning and executing music for all Diocesan Liturgies at the Cathedral.
- The Liturgical Music web page contains links to liturgical music resources for the parish musician.
The cathedral music ministry enables the assembly to contribute the active participation in song that rightly belongs to it. The cathedral choirs support the singing of the faithful and lift hearts and minds through the treasury of sacred choral music.
The cathedral appreciates the evangelizing role of outreach to the greater community through musical offerings in non-liturgical settings. Throughout the year many people are welcomed to the cathedral for musical events, which are frequently their first encounter with the cathedral or with the Catholic Church.
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2017-2018 Cathedral Concert Series
The series brings together some of the finest regional musicians and the magnificent atmosphere of Rosary Cathedral for the enjoyment of audiences in Northwest Ohio. All concerts are free except the Toledo Symphony presentation of Handel’s Messiah. The Concert Series is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, Mercy Health and the Murray Endowment for Music.
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is located at 2535 Collingwood Boulevard at Islington Avenue. Ample parking is available and the Cathedral is handicap accessible. For more information, contact Rosary Cathedral at 419-244-9575
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral Parish Music Ministry enables the assembly to contribute the active participation in song that rightly belongs to it.
The Diocesan Office of Liturgical Music serves as a resource for parish musicians throughout the Diocese of Toledo.
The Cathedral Choir is a semi-professional vocal ensemble that sings weekly at the 10:00 A.M. Sunday Mass and rehearses on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 P.M. The annual Tenebrae service during Holy Week and the Advent Lessons & Carols in December are seasonal highlights. The choir also sings for the solemn liturgies of Christmas, Holy Week and Easter. You may print an application brochure for more information.
The Diocesan Choir sings for Diocesan Pontifical Liturgies at the cathedral, such as Chrism Mass and Ordinations. Rehearsals are scheduled on Monday evenings at 7:00 P.M. The choir consists of choral singers and choir directors from many diocesan parishes. If you are interested in membership you can print a registration form.
Cathedral Cantors lead the music at parish Masses where no choir is present, wedding liturgies and funerals. For more information contact Paul Monachino, Director of Music, at 419-244-5182.
The Cathedral Brass Ensemble provides additional accompaniment for major liturgical feasts through the year.
The E.M. Skinner organ dates from 1930 and was one of the last instruments Ernest Skinner designed and finished before he retired from the company. It represents the culmination of his career and reflects the influences of Willis, Cavaille-Coll, and G. Donald Harrison. All of the unique orchestral voices invented or perfected by Skinner are found on the organ as well as a progressive treatment of a well-developed diapason chorus.
The organ chamber is located at the lofty triforium level in the south wall near the front of the cathedral. From a rather shallow 15’ deep chamber finished with hard plaster, the organ speaks clearly into the perfect acoustics of the cathedral. The console was originally housed in the choir loft opposite the pipe chamber but was moved in 1980 to the floor level of the sanctuary where the music area now is located.
In the late 1980’s the restorative work was completed by Sam Koontz of Ann Arbor, Michigan.The organ is currently serviced by the Muller Organ Co. of Croton, Ohio which has been selected to completely restore the organ in the near future. The organ remains today as Skinner left it in 1931, both tonally and mechanically.
Refer to the events listing on this site for concerts at the cathedral featuring the organ.
TOP LIST 1930 Skinner Organ—Opus 820
Cathedral of Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Toledo, Ohio
—6-inch wind, enclosed
—10-inch wind, enclosed
|16’ Double Diapason
8’ First Diapason
8’ Second Diapason
8’ Third Diapason †
8’ Viola †
8’ Harmonic Flute
8’ Gedeckt †
4’ Flute †
IV Chorus Mixture*
† = enclosed in Choir
8’ Voix Celeste
8’ Flute Celeste II
8’ Echo Gamba
4’ Flute Triangulaire
8’ Oboe d’Amore
8’ Vox Humana
* = 10-inch wind
8’ Gamba Celeste
8’ Flauto Mirabilis
4’ Orchestral Flute
16’ Corno di Bassetto (ext. of 8 foot)
8’ Corno di Bassetto
8’ English Horn
8’ French Horn †
8’ Tuba Mirabilis †
† = 20-inch wind
—6-inch wind, enclosed
—6-inch wind, unenclosed
8’ Concert Flute
8’ Kleine Erzähler
8’ Kleine Celeste (t.c.)
8’ Flügel Horn
|2’ Major Bass (ext. Bourdon)
16’ Contra Bass
16’ Metal Diapason (Great)
16’ Gamba (Choir)
16’ Melodia (Swell)
8’ Octave (ext. Diapason)
8’ ‘Cello (ext. Contra Bass)
8’ Gedeckt (ext. Brourdan)
8’ Stillgedeckt (Swell Melodia)
4’ Super Octave (ext. Contra)
32’ Fagotto (ext. Choir) †
16’ Trombone †
16’ Waldhorn (Swell)
16’ Fagotto (Choir)
8’ Tromba † (ext. Trombone)
* = 6-inch wind
Skinner Name Plate at Rosary Cathedral
|Interior of the Cathedral's Console showing the vertical selector combination machine. This is an electro pneumatic computer that memorizes stops. The organist has programmed the pistons on the console, allowing the organist to make rapid changes of stops.|
|The highest level of the Cathedral Organ. Showing two expression enclosures: Solo (left) and Swell divisions. The wooden shades open and close, thus changing the volume of these pipes as they are heard in the Cathedral.||Pipes of the Swell division. Left to right: Echo Gamba, Triangle Flute, Rohrflote, Vox Humana|
|Todd Wilson in a late night recording session at the Cathedral with console assistant and former student Steven Fischer.||Joe Vitacco with the Great Reed.|
|Paul Monachino at the organ console.|
Resources for living happily ever after
Liturgical Formation Series
The Toledo Diocesan Music Committee
Toledo Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians
Funded in part by the Annual Catholic Appeal
The Liturgical Organist: A workshop tailored to your needs
Parish organists who would like to improve or update their skills can create a personalized workshop based on their needs. Developing effective leadership from the organ, effective use of your instrument, transferring piano skills to the organ, repertoire ideas – whatever you might be useful to you. An advanced organist from the Music Committee will arrange to meet with the organist(s) in your parish for up to a 2 hour lesson/workshop. This can be for a single musician or for all the organists in your parish. If you are interested in scheduling a workshop please contact Paul Monachino for more information or to make arrangements.
Visit JAV Recordings http://www.pipeorgancds.com/ for more information.
|Ken Cowan and Ernest Skinner. Transcription specialist Ken Cowan performs a mixed program of original organ works and organ adaptations of familiar pieces. In addition to Mendelssohn’s Sonata No. 1 in F Minor and Franck’s Choral No. 1 in E Major, both beautifully played, Ken Cowan shows off the many orchestral sounds of the Skinner with transcriptions of Dvorak, Humperdink and von Weber. Includes music of Engelbert Humperdinck, Mendelssohn, Bossi, Franck, Gigout, Fleury, Antonin Dvorak, von Weber.|
|Graeme Koehne: Gothic Toccata Percy Grainger: Blithe Bells (after Bach arr. by Forster) Louis Vierne: Allegro vivace (from Symphonie I) C. Hubert H ... Tune Antonin Dvorak: Symphony IX “From the New World” (transcribed by Forster) Description JAV 113 Great Organ Builders, Volume 8 — Stuart Forster. Dvorak’s New World Symphony, arranged by Forster, is simply ravishing, and a very appropriate choice to honor ...|
|Organ Masterpieces from the Cathedral of St. Patrick, New York City — Stanley H. Cox, organist.|
|Hymns Old and New. Stephen Tharp, organ. Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral in Toledo, Ohio. Skinner, Opus 820.|