Organ Update - 5/19/12

posted May 19, 2012, 2:21 PM by Stephen Reynolds   [ updated May 20, 2012, 7:26 PM ]
Progress on our new organ continues on schedule.  Charlene Moran, Co-Chair of the Trustees, and organ builder, William Czelusniak, are shown below signing the contract for the rebuilding and installation of the 1896 Casavant organ.

Removal of our Berkshire organ will begin on Monday, May 28.  Our old organ will be put in temporary storage, occupying the same space being vacated by the Casavant organ.Meanwhile, we continue to look for a new home for our Berkshire organ.

Dave Cody will renovate the front of the sanctuary during the month of June while the organ builders continue to work on the Casavant in their Northampton shop.  Mr. Czelusniak will have the months of July and August to install our new organ.  We have received reports that work on three of the organ’s five wind-chests has been completed; its wooden pipes have been restored; the metal pipes are being sent to specialists for restoration; and work on the two manual keyboards has been completed.  

All aspects of the Organ Project remain on schedule.  This means that if all continues to go well, we can count on being able to return to our sanctuary for services with our new organ beginning September 9th, and we can look forward to the Dedicatory Organ Concert by Grant Moss on Sunday, October 14, at 3:00 p.m.


Will Bridegam, for the Organ Committee