Rather than moving an organ that’s about 40 years old, the Cabinet voted to raise money to purchase and install a “new to us” organ at 36600 Niles Blvd. Our Director of Music, Jonathan Borchardt, pointed out that the organ at 255 H Street is a first generation electronic Allen Organ and that, with technological improvements, Allen is now producing their sixth generation of instruments.
Jonathan estimates that for $12,000 to $19,000 we can have a four or fifth generation instrument. This instrument would be more versatile than our current organ. Because of improved digitization, the sound would be significantly improved. A new instrument would be much more reliable. Plus, the cost of moving the old organ is about the same as the cost of installing a new organ.
If you would like to contribute toward the purchase of a new organ, you can send a check to the church, marked “organ.” Or go to the church’s “donate” page, where you can make a donation of the Construction Angel Fund for the organ. Talk to Helen Boyer if you would like to donate shares of stocks or mutual funds that have increased in value without needing to pay tax on the capital gains.
In the meantime, you will be pleased to learn that Jonathan was able to cobble together a repair for our organ at 255 H Street, so it is playing once again.