God has blessed St. Luke’s with a magnificent pipe organ. The major renovation completed in early 2011 included re-voicing the 1,100 pipes, balancing the key action on both manuals, and adding the “bell-sounding” zimbelstern. Again, a special “thank you” to you our most generous Parish Family for your continuing support of the organ.
During the renovation, Gabriel Kney, the organ builder, discovered that the 4 largest pipes on the Great division had either fallen into disrepair beyond redemption or were unable to speak. The sound of these 4 pipes plays a very important part in the bass register of the organ.
These 4 pipes are “Haskell” pipes, which are half the size of normal pipes. This type of pipe construction was selected because of space and height restrictions in the rear balcony, the organ’s original location.
During the expansion of the sanctuary the organ was moved to its present location. Mr. Kney recommends that the 4 replacement pipes be of full and natural length, the longest being 9 feet in height. They will be placed at the left side of the pedal casework (the division against the wall) where they will be in full view at the front of the sanctuary.
These 4 new pipes will speak clearly into the sanctuary adding “fullness” to the voice of the organ. This addition of these 4 pipes will complete the work associated with relocating the organ to the front of the Sanctuary
The installed cost of these 4 tall pipes is $24,700. This will increase the value of the organ, which was acquired in 1987 for $164,000, to over half a million dollars.
I would be happy to talk with you in more detail about this project. You may contact me by phone or email.
Please consider a generous gift to the Choral Arts Fund, a 501C3 account, to show your continuing support of organ music at St. Luke’s, which inspires congregational singing and nurtures the soul.
With great joy, Nina
Nina Rodman Minister of Music & Organist, St. Luke’s Church email@example.com cell 843-422-0490