Organ Dedication Service

The Organ Dedication Sunday is on September 23 and the choir is gearing up for a big celebration! We are expecting a huge crowd, including former church members, as well as friends from out of the area .The choir is going to be an integral part of this service and we will have some special guests singing with us, too. If you would like to sing with us that day, please see Linda Teasley or Judy Viccellio.
Below is our rehearsal schedule:
Sunday, September 2: 8:45 a.m.
(Rehearsing anthems for September 9 & 16, and for the special music on Sept. 23)
Sunday, September 9: 8:45 a.m.
Sunday September 16: 8:45 a.m. and AN EXTRA REHEARSAL AFTER CHURCH
Saturday, September 22: 12:00 p.m. – This is THE DRESS REHEARSAL WITH ALL MUSICIANS–ORGAN, TRUMPETS, CHOIR, OTHER INSTRUMENTS
How it All Began: Our Organ’s History
As told by Organist Jane Kerr
The story of our organ began one Sunday morning in February 2016 just after worship in the Calvary sanctuary. Knowing that the 40 year old digital Allen organ was declining and had been diagnosed with “metal fatigue” causing it to lose sounds, David Maley (our accompanist) came to me and said, “My composition teacher told me that the Arlington Presbyterian Church has a pipe organ for sale.” I said, “I don’t think we can afford a pipe organ and where would we put the pipes?” But then I remembered that our friends and new members, Tom and Libby Davidson, came from Arlington Presbyterian. I called Libby who put me in touch with their friend from Arlington who could answer questions about the organ. I learned that:
  • The organ was not for sale but was to be given to a selected new home
  • The Arlington Session would review the candidates interested at their March meeting and make a determination.
  •  The organ is a hybrid instrument comprising an Ahlborn/Galanti model AG3200 installed in 2005, along with pipes from the church’s former organ, a 1978 Gress-Miles.
  • The pipework includes 14 ranks and 854 pipes.
  • Ralph Spoettle was the organ technician who could give us the details and answer our questions.

Ralph gave me the dimensions necessary to accommodate the pipe chambers for the organ. When John and I measured the Sanctuary’s balcony it was breathtaking to find a perfect fit for these 854 pipes. Feeling God at work in our midst we shared this news and took the next steps.A team of Elders gathered with the Pastor to prepare our letter of intent and answer the questionnaire given to us  by Arlington’s Session. Our documents  were submitted the first week of March 2016. On the Sunday after Easter, April 3, 2016, we got the call from Arlington that we had been selected to receive the gift of their beloved organ.With great thanksgiving and prayers for leadership the hard work began. Every step of the way the Calvary family came together to give their time, energy and special skills to bring our organ home. The physical move of the console and all 854 pipes happened on June 21st.  By early July we had our digital organ in place for temporary use until the full organ and pipes could be installed.Architects, engineers, carpenters, electricians, construction contractors, asbestos remediation, consultants, more engineers, permits, inspectors, excellent organ technicians (Otto Pebworth and Ralph Spoettle) and two years later we were ready to have our pipe washing party. Once again, the family gathered and our work day was a tremendous celebration of faith in community at Calvary. Our organ is complete. Now, to the glory of God, we lift its voices and our voices in thanks and praise and worship for years to come.

September 23rd will be an amazing service of celebration and praise as we usher in a new era of music and ministry!