BENEFITING: The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
Music is an integral part of worship and celebration at St. Luke’s. Our organs are at the heart of our music. One of our instruments is a small Casavant chamber organ that was initially purchased after the fire in 1981 to accompany services in the school gymnasium. The organ moved back to the rebuilt church in 1986, and has been used since to accompany the Choristers and other choirs. Unfortunately, after all of these years of constant use, it is in need of significant repair and rebuilding, which is simply not cost-effective.
Based upon recommendations and research from David Shuler, Director of Music and Organist, St. Luke’s Vestry decided to invest in a new instrument; a chamber organ made by Klop Orgelbau, in the Netherlands; an exquisite organ that we can enjoy for years to come. The workmanship and musicality of this instrument is of the highest order. This chamber organ has found its place among early music groups and choirs throughout the world. The pipework is made entirely of wood, following historical examples such as the Compenius organ built in 1610 in Copenhagen. The organ has the advantage of being light and rugged. All registers are split bass/treble, and the casework is cherry with ornamental grill panels. The cost of this splendid instrument is approximately $43,000.
We know that as a member of our Choristers family, you appreciate the importance of an organ at the center of the choral tradition. Additionally, music enhances the development of spirituality, and the distinctive sound of a pipe organ adds to the ambience of the church. We hope you are as excited about a new organ as we are, and we hope you will consider helping us by contributing towards the purchase price.
We encourage anyone who values church music to give as generously as possible. You can donate directly online to the organ appeal through our website, or if you prefer, you can mail a check made payable to The Church of St. Luke in the Fields with “organ appeal” indicated in the memo line. If you are interested in becoming an organ patron, there is an option of dedicating a major part of the organ to a named individual or family member. Please call us for specific details about this giving opportunity. Thank you in advance for your support.
The Rev. Caroline M. Stacey, Rector
Ben Jenkins, Vestry Member/Chorister Parent