The Organ at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church

The organ at Holy Ghost plays a vital role in supporting the song of the church. Execution of the carefully made plans for the care and maintenance of this instrument has made significant progress over the last decade; thanks in large part, to organ fund contributions by both members of the congregation and the community at large. The work, while not complete, will continue with contributions that reflect the generosity of the donor’s spirit.

1940 The Herman L. Schlicker Organ Company installs the original 10 rank pipe organ.
1970 Delaware Organ Company, Inc. enlarges the organ to 21 ranks and relocates it to the new sanctuary.
1999 The pipe organ firm, Rothenbueger & Ploetz, (R&P) adds the Zimbelsten to the organ.
1999 R&P identifies a change in the condition of the 16’ Principal pipes – fatiguing of the metal had caused the pipes to collapse. The organ committee (comprised of our organists and choir director) and organ fund are established for the repair and improvement of the organ.
2000 Scott R. Riedel & Associates, Ltd. of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin evaluates the overall condition of the organ and prepares recommendations for repairs and improvement, including the addition of certain stops (a master plan). The plan follows the principles laid out by Paul Bunjes in his paper, “Problems in Church Organ Construction”, The Musical Heritage of the Church, Volume III (Valparaiso, Ind.: Valparaiso Univ., 1946) and includes the following action items:
  • Repair damaged/decaying/broken elements
  • Replace the console
  • Replace the combination action
  • Reconfigure the layout
  • Electrical system - code compliance
  • Alter/exchange pipes to improve tone/balance
  • Augment/add to pipes for improved musical scope and variety
  • Reconfigure the choir/bell choir balcony layout
2005 Stromecki Engineers, PC of East Aurora, New York prepares a design for construction of a new platform for additions to the organ (“Positiv” division) and a design to modify the balcony floor to accommodate a moveable organ console.
2006 HGL purchases the organ of Calvary Lutheran Church; 18 ranks of Calvary's organ are to be incorporated into the HGL organ.
2008 Grandview Construction is engaged to construct the new organ platform.
2009 Grandview Construction completes the new organ platform and modifications to the balcony floor. R&P is engaged to construct and install a new wind chest for the “trumpet” pipes from Calvary.
2013 Heritage Pipe Organ (successor to Rothenbueger & Ploetz) builds the moveable organ console and Peterson electronic control system. Estimated installation date, God willing, is on or before the congregation’s 170th anniversary on November 19, 2013.

Organ Console Progress

08/14/13


The bottom of the organ console is coming along nicely.

10/02/13


The upper section is being added.

11/01/13


The three manuals are in.

11/24/13


The bench has been built.


The pedal board is started.

12/27/13


Stain on the bottom desk is finished.


Solenoids for the draw knobs came today.


Along with S.A.M. switches for presets.

1/11/14


Console being assembled after staining.

2/14/14


Pedals are in.

4/12/14


Draw knobs are in.

7/09/14


Organ is in HGL's balcony.


The organ at HGL plays a vital role in supporting the song of the church. The execution of the carefully made plans for the care and maintenance of this instrument has made significant progress over the last decade; thanks in large part to your contributions. The work, while not complete will continue with donations that reflect the generosity of your spirit.

I sincerely appreciate your continued support of this initiative. Thank you!


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