Rather than moving an organ that’s about 40 years old, the Cabinet voted several months ago 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.
The organ fund has grown to $10,821 and the Cabinet is still hoping to raise at least $2,000 more. The more we raise, the better the instrument we can get. If you would like to contribute toward the purchase of a new organ, you can send a check to the church, marked “organ.” You can also go to the church’s website and click on the “donate” button at the top of the 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.