Monthly Archives: March 2015

The First Pipe Organ in Portland, Oregon

By 1883 the pipe organ had made its way From Sea to Shining Sea with the installation of a pipe organ in Calvary Presbyterian Church of Portland, Oregon. A gift from the Ladd family to Calvary Presbyterian Church, the organ built by the Massachusetts firm of Hook and Hastings, was shipped round Cape Horn to San Francisco. Once the organ had safely arrived in San Francisco after its treacherous trip around Cape Horn, the organ was loaded onto an ox cart, which was necessary since the railway system to Portland was not yet complete and this musical masterpiece slowly wound its way home. That organ is now located at what is known as The Old Church in downtown Portland – the only local host to an original – and still often played — Hook and Hastings pipe organ in the Northwest.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, concert organist and David Jordan, media artist are the creators and performers of From Sea to Shining Sea, an organ and multi-media concert experience celebrating the history of the organ in the colonies and United States.  To learn more visit