ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT
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On April 29th, the A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company completed the last phase of removing the pipes and winding system for our vintage Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. The two chambers will now be essentially empty while we await completion of the restoration which will take all summer and into the fall. Meanwhile, we have a temporary electronic organ for our use during our Sunday worship services. This represents the achievement of milestone #3 in our restoration progress. If you welcome this good news, we invite you to contribute to the restoration fund by clicking the donation link on this site. All donations are appreciated as we try to complete our fundraising campaign.
After months of mostly invisible, behind-the-scenes work planning the details of the organ restoration, the first phase of the physical work finally began on February 28th. The A.E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company removed the organ console and the reed pipes to begin the restoration. They also installed a temporary electronic organ for the church’s use until the pipe organ is ready to be returned. The remaining pipes, windchests and other components will be removed through the spring. See the GALLERY tab for videos and pictures of what is going on! If you would like to help with the restoration, please make a 2022 donation! Thank you!
Let the restoration begin! We will say farewell for now to the organ during the October 24th 11AM Worship service.
The church’s Organ Restoration Task Force and A. E. Schlueter Pipe Organ Company have been hard at work developing the detailed plan for the organ’s restoration. Schlueter presented the church with its proposed precise design of the restored console. After conducting a thorough evaluation of that plan, the task force approved and signed it on September 29, 2021. This represents achievement of milestone #2 of 5 in our restoration progress. It sets the stage for the organ’s removal from the sanctuary in late October.