In 2007, the Chapel of the Incarnate Word underwent extensive renovation and restoration. The Congregation made the decision to replace the Wicks organ that had been in use since 1946: an entirely new instrument by the Schoenstein Company of San Francisco. This instrument was the first installation by this firm in San Antonio in 2010. It features a 3-manual and pedal console with 27 ranks of pipes, including a Sanctuary division located to the right of the sanctuary. This small division of the organ is played from both the main console in the rear gallery as well as a separate keyboard located in the sanctuary area. Since its dedication, the Chapel and Congregation has hosted numerous recitals and concerts featuring local and national artists, as well as choral and instrumental ensembles. Click here to see the stop list of the Schoenstein.
The console of the Schoenstein, looking toward the sanctuary of the Chapel of the Incarnate Word.
The Schoenstein Organ, Op. 159
Installed in 2010.
This Steinway B (Serial #362624) was built in 1959, refurbished in 2014 by Priscilla Rappaport (Rappaport Piano Workshop/Roundrock, TX) and purchased in 2022 for use in the Chapel of the Incarnate Word. Its addition to the Chapel, alongside the Schoenstein Pipe Organ, places the Chapel in a premiere place for the use of instruments in prayer and sacred concerts.