Our current organist, Karl Rabel, has many years of experience playing for Methodists, Lutherans, and various other assemblies.
Our former Director of Music and Organist Scott Powell grew up learning piano and sacred music in the Roman Catholic tradition from age 7. He trained with the renowned men and boys choir Cantores in Ecclesia in Portland, Oregon, learning the history and traditions of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony. He began accompanying church choirs at age 12 and undertook organ studies at Portland’s St. Mary’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic) two years later.
Powell served as organist at St. James Pro–Cathedral in Vancouver, Washington, and St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Camas before leaving to study organ performance at the University of Washington with Dr. Carole Terry. In addition to serving as Director of Music and Organist at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Woodinville, he plays for various other liturgical ensembles.
Mr. Powell recently returned to St. James as Pastoral Assistant for Music & Liturgy.
The St. Bartholomew’s Organ
Johannus Opus 17 Hybrid (2011)
2 manual, 29 stops, 36 digital ranks
The Opus 17 organ was purchased in 2011 and was custom-built by Johannus Organs of the Netherlands. The instrument contains hybrid technology to allow actual pipes to be added to the organ. It electronically sounds digitally sampled pipes from real organs around the world and has the ability to accompany a soft hymn or solo-out a great piece of organ literature. Upgrades include a piston that activates a zimbelstern, which is mounted in the case above the entrance to the Nave.
The stop list is below: