Mr. Paul Monachino

Director of Liturgical Music

Office of Divine Worship
Department of Diocesan Pastoral Services


Diocese of Toledo
1933 Spielbusch
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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Toledo Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians


Cathedral Concerts

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. Learn more


Music Lists

The Diocesan Office of Liturgical Music serves as a resource for parish musicians throughout the Diocese of Toledo.


Annotated Bibliography of Musical Resources for the Roman Catholic Liturgy

Resources for Online Planning of Music for Liturgical Celebrations

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
—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 †
8’ Erzähler
4’ Octave
4’ Flute †
22/3’ Twelfth
2’ Fifteenth*
IV Chorus Mixture*
IV Harmonics*
16’ Trumpet*
8’ Tromba*
4’ Clarion*
† = enclosed in Choir
* = 10-inch wind
16’ Melodia
8’ Diapason*
8’ Salicional
8’ Voix Celeste
8’ Rohrflöte
8’ Flute Celeste II
8’ Echo Gamba
4’ Flute Triangulaire
4’ Octave*
2’ Flautino*
V Mixture*
16’ Waldhorn*
8’ Trumpet*
8’ Oboe d’Amore
8’ Vox Humana
4’ Clarion*
* = 10-inch wind
8’ Gamba
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
16’ Gamba
8’ Diapason
8’ Concert Flute
8’ Gamba
8’ Kleine Erzähler
8’ Kleine Celeste (t.c.)
4’ Gemshorn
4’ Flute
22/3’ Nazard
2’ Piccolo
III Carillon
16’ Fagotto
8’ Flügel Horn
8’ Clarinet
2’ Major Bass (ext. Bourdon)
16’ Diapason
16’ Contra Bass
16’ Metal Diapason (Great)
16’ Gamba (Choir)
16’ Dulciana
16’ Melodia (Swell)
16’ Bourdon
8’ Octave (ext. Diapason)
8’ ‘Cello (ext. Contra Bass)
8’ Gedeckt (ext. Brourdan)
8’ Stillgedeckt (Swell Melodia)
4’ Super Octave (ext. Contra)
IV Mixture*
32’ Fagotto (ext. Choir) †
16’ Trombone †
16’ Waldhorn (Swell)
16’ Fagotto (Choir)
8’ Tromba † (ext. Trombone)
* = 6-inch wind
† = 15-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.
Paul Monachino at the organ console.   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.

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  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.