CUAA Organ Pipes

Progress continues on the organ renovation in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, with a completion date now in sight.


Excitement is building in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, as the long-awaited, much-needed organ renovation is nearing completion. University Organist Dr. John Boonenberg was eager to provide an update on the magnificent Schlicker instrument.

The CUAA Schlicker organ in all its pre-renovation glory.

“The organ renovation is well underway, as the console has now been disassembled and taken off campus to be completely rebuilt,” he explained. “The organ students at Concordia have already been enjoying the fruits of the work completed. Several ranks that had become unusable have been converted to a solid-state system, and now function as originally intended.

“In addition, two brand new ranks—an 8’ Trompette on the Swell and a Cornet on the Positiv—will also be installed,” he added. “Besides a beautiful new facade, the console will be equipped with several features the will enhance student learning and return the mighty Schlicker to its place as one of the finest instruments of its type.”

Modern electronic enhancements

Student organists will be able to utilize 256 levels of memory, as well as a recording/playback system that will allow them to hear their own playing while walking around the chapel.

“Seeing the console gone from its central place in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity underscores what a primary place it has for us in leading worship,” Dr. Boonenberg said. “It has also created a palpable excitement to see it returned in all its glory!”

The renovation is the result of a $100,000 fundraising campaign launched by the Office of Advancement in the fall of 2020. That monetary goal was soon exceeded, thanks in large part to a $50,000 leadership gift from longtime supporters Dr. and Mrs. Karl Kreft. Work is scheduled to be completed later this spring, while looking forward to rededication festivities, including worship services and recitals, in the fall of 2022.

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