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Amazing things are happening! The BACHorgan.com Pipes Hall of Fame recognizes people and institutions that have replaced their electronic organ with a pipe organ, renovated their pipe organ rather than replace it with an electronic organ, or otherwise deserve special recognition for their efforts in furthering the cause of the pipe organ. If you would like to nominate a candidate for induction, please send an email to bachmaster@bachorgan.com.

Christ Church Episcopal - Quincy, Massachusetts
"At the time, switching to the Allen electronic organ in the 1970s seemed like an affordable choice for a mid-sized congregation. The addition of electrical pipe controls in the 1930s had created chronic problems with the acoustic organ. By last year, though, Christ Church’s leaders realized the electronic organ was on borrowed time. Now the church may resurrect its 1897 organ." More...
- Inducted: 02/24/09
First Evangelical Lutheran Church - Brockton, Massachusetts
"The Main Street church recently restored its 40-year-old organ to the tune of $300,000. The church first dedicated the organ in 1968, after it was built by the venerable Schantz Organ Co. in Orrville, Ohio. The cost at the time was $42,500. But over the years, the towering organ built of oak with 2,041 pipes made of tin, lead and wood succumbed to wear and tear and was in need of drastic help. We decided to have a major restoration by having the entire instrument rebuilt and upgraded to the most recent organ technology, said Jim Benson, church administrator." More...
- Inducted: 02/24/09
Church of the Holy Apostles ­ New York, New York
"Another was Manuel Rosales, a California organ builder who had signed a contract to construct a new organ for Holy Apostles after a fire during Lent in 1990 gutted the sanctuary and destroyed the church's 58-year-old organ. But the deal fell through after the costs of repairing the church soared over budget. Still, when he saw the organ-for-sale ad, Rosales notified the church. Negotiations went quickly, and the Mooibroeks agreed to sell the instrument for aboujt $350,000. The organ was ready to play in July 1996, but it was not formally dedicated until the following March, at a concert to benefit the soup kitchen."
- Inducted: 12/6/06
The Church of the Transfiguration ­ Montville, New Jersey
"One doesn't just lift up a pipe organ and plop it down somewhere else. It has to be laboriously disassembled and reassembled. The Rev. Richard Andersen said the process cost $45,000, much of which came from donations by the congregants. 'The congregation was going to prove to themselves that they could take on this project and make it work,' Anderson said. 'It's been really kind of a community-rallying project.'"
- Inducted: 3/17/06
Saltsburg Presbyterian Church - Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
"A pipe organ is like a piece of real estate. You can improve it, you can add to it. And that's just what the Saltsburg Presbyterian Church did. Work began on the renovations in January, and were finished within a month. The pipe chambers were refurbished and an upgrade with computer equipment completed, for a cost of $28,000." More...
- Inducted: 11/4/05
Unitarian Universalist Society - Burlington, Vermont
"Congregation officials are banking on a one-day passing of the hat to cover a big chunk of the $400,000 expense to rebuild the historic organ. The Rev. Gary Kowalski said about half the expense is already covered by large gifts quietly promised and a fund established a decade ago to rebuild the organ. Still, raising $200,000 in a day is a big deal -- especially for a congregation of 600 people. Big enough for the congregation to dub Nov. 13 'Miracle Sunday.'"
- Inducted: 10/30/05
St. Francis Xavier Church - Missoula, Montana
"One hundred years ago this month, the massive instrument survived its westward journey and was installed on the church's second-story balcony. With its robin-egg blue pipes and layered keyboard, the historic organ is a commanding presence, which fills up about 225 square feet of the choir loft. Despite the decades, it continues to kick out a stunning range of notes with nearly infinite combinations of sounds. To restore the organ to its full glory will cost $104,000 the church doesn't have. So a campaign is under way to restore, protect and preserve the historic piece for future generations." More...
- Inducted: 11/2/05
  Fly Creek United Methodist Church - Cooperstown, New York
"Built in 1835, the church had its first organ installed around 1866. This pipe organ served the Fly Creek Church for nearly a century. By the 1950s, however, it needed repairs, and by the end of the decade, the congregation decided to replace it with an electric organ. The replacement lasted years and was replaced with another electric organ. Then last year, the second electric organ gave up the ghost in the middle of a church service. Although the church has a piano, members of the congregation missed the sounds of an organ accompanying their voices. 'We looked for an electric one, but they can be very expensive.' The congregation voted to buy and restore the half-century-old organ from St. Georgešs Episcopal Church. The project will cost about $18,000, and the church is having fund-raisers to defray expenses."
- Inducted: 5/13/05
St. John's United Methodist Church - Aiken, South Carolina
"Recognizing that the church's aging Fritsche organ had fallen into disrepair, the congregation formed a Music Facilities Committee in 1997. The committee visited a number of churches to compare pipe organs and electric organs, and to differentiate among the sounds produced by instruments from major American organ builders. In 2002, the 18-member committee unanimously agreed to purchase the Schantz organ. Committee member Joan Nagle said the entire project is expected to be completed just under the budget of $800,000." More...
- Inducted: 2/28/05
Immanuel Lutheran Church - Lebanon, Wisconsin
"The glorious sound of music will resound in Immanuel Lutheran Church of Lebanon again following an extensive renovation of its pipe organ and organ chamber. According to a church history, the congregation decided in February of 1942 to purchase a new pipe organ to replace the old one which was in need of extensive repair. The new organ was purchased at a cost of $3,150 including trade-in of the old organ. Very little maintenance had been done on the organ over the past 60 years, but its increase in value indicated trade-in was not an option. The initial cost estimate was $8,000 to repair the Schaefer medium-size pipe organ, which Mark values at up to $100,000 in full working condition." More...
- Inducted: 2/26/05
First Congregational Church - Wiscasset, Maine
"A year ago, members of the First Congregational Church took a leap of faith. Faced with the realization that their old pipe organ needed major repairs, they did some research, and made a decision. The congregation voted to invest over $40,000 in a complete restoration of their 1909 Estey organ."
- Inducted: 12/16/04
First Congregational Church - Columbus, Ohio
"You should know about the successful restoration of a Kimball Organ (1931) 4407 pipes, 4 manuals, 66 ranks, by Peebles-Herzog, Inc. of Columbus, Ohio in the First Congregational Church, 444 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio. This church now has two world class functioning pipe organs: a von Beckerath organ in the rear loft of the church (3500+ pipes) from 1973 and the Kimball organ in the front of the church. Both are excellent instruments played masterfully by Tim Smith, organist (not simultaneously of course). Thomas Murray presented a concert on the Kimball, October 17, 2004. It was an exciting event. The money for the restoration was provided by a church member in her will. Many of the members of the church, including me, contributed much time helping in the restoration of the Kimball organ; that is, we helped carry pipes out of the organ chamber and helped reinstall them. The restoration of the Kimball required almost three years to complete at a cost of about $500,000."
Information from: Carl Miller (a member of First Congregational Church, Columbus, Ohio, and an organ enthusiast.)
- Inducted: 10/15/04
Susanne Forrest / Idaho State University - Pocatello, Idaho
"For years, Idaho State University did without a pipe organ to teach its students on. The $100,000 price tag was just too much for a new one. So students were forced to learn on church organs throughout the city. But now a Pocatello woman is donating her own pipe organ. Her name is Susanne Forrest and even though itšs worth about $25,000, she is willing to give it away."
- Inducted: 10/20/04
First Parish of Sudbury - Sudbury, Massachusetts
"First Parish of Sudbury was considered a country church in August 1895 when parish elders ordered a Cole and Woodberry organ to replace the 60-year-old two manual William Goodrich model. In the early days a 'Blow-boy' pumped the organ to supply wind to the pipes. Payment records for 1901 show that the Blow-boy was paid 17 cents each Sunday while the organist earned 50 cents for his work. In 1928 an electric motor and blower was installed in the room directly beneath the organ, but the organ continued to be hand-pumped for special services as late as 1950. The recent restoration of the Cole and Woodberry organ was completed this summer, the last of a three phase project that began in 1986 when the organ's 'action' was renovated. 'What you hear today is what you heard in 1895,' said Morris-Bennett. 'It has a lot of color to it, a lot of breadth to its sound. Even though it's small it can more than fill the space without being overpowering.'"
- Inducted: 10/14/04


Larchmont Avenue Church - Larchmont, New York
"The LAC pipe organ project began in 1997, when a small group of church members started to research a new organ. At the time, the church was using an electric organ purchased in 1972, when it had replaced an aging Aeolian pipe organ in need of serious repair. Minister of Music, Judie Brown, explained that in the '70s the new digital technology was making electric organs very popular. But she noted, 'the energy that a pipe organ generates is not reproducible.'" More...
- Inducted: 9/30/04

Update -- 2008 Update
St. George's Episcopal Church - Clarksdale, Mississippi
"To mark its centennial celebration, St. George's Episcopal Church has undergone improvements to restore the building to its original splendor, complete with a new pipe organ. After the original pipe organ became difficult and costly to maintain, the church replaced it in 1971 with an electronic organ. Though he humbly refuses to take credit, under the supervision of Jim Wilbourn, junior warden, renovations were made to the church's appearance inside and out. To complement the aesthetic changes to the church, the addition of a pipe organ seemed to be "the finishing touch," Wilbourn said. Martin Ott of St. Louis built the Opus 16B, meaning the 16th organ he made, in 1981 for a Lutheran church there. So when it became available, Ott bought the organ back from the Lutheran church and advertised it on his Web site. "Because we were able to find this organ, we were able to afford a pipe organ," Wilbourn said. A new organ of this size would cost about $300,000, but the church found this one for about half that price, Wilbourn said."
- Inducted: 9/22/04
The St. Mary's Cathedral Pipe Organ Fund - Fall River, Massachusetts
"The St. Mary's Cathedral Pipe Organ Fund will sponsor a fund-raiser -- "Pizza, Pipes and Ponies" -- at the Fall River Carousel. Families and people who enjoy riding on the classic carousel and eating pizza and who would love to help restore the cathedral's pipe organ are invited. The pipe organ has been silent for 25 years. An electronic organ is used at the cathedral. The project will cost an estimated $180,000. The fund has raised more than $80,000 from collections at concerts and a wine-tasting event."
- Inducted: 9/15/04


A Denfeld Organ Project (ADOPT) - Duluth, Minnesota
"Mike Christian...is the man in charge of rehabilitating the ailing organ, painstakingly repairing rusted metal pipes, healing the rotted wooden pipes and applying first aid to wilted leather stops that control the openings to the pipes -- among a myriad of other complex parts that number into the thousands. The project will cost between $260,000 and $300,000, according to Bob Lindell, treasurer of A Denfeld Organ Project, or ADOPT. The group has raised $88,000 so far, mostly by appealing to alumni for contributions. The two have spent hundreds of hours in the last few years to begin dismantling and restoring the complex instrument."
- Inducted: 8/2/04
Visit the ADOPT website for more information


Friends of Roosevelt High School Froula Memorial Organ - Seattle, Washington
"The classical organ, purchased in 1940 as a memorial for Roosevelt's first principal, V.K. Froula, has been in the school auditorium for 64 years. Now that Roosevelt is undergoing a major renovation, Bardarson and the 28 others in the Friends of Roosevelt High School Froula Memorial Organ must raise $115,000 to move it to its new home."
- Inducted: 7/7/04


Chattanooga Music Club - Chattanooga, Tennessee
"This year marks the 80th birthday of the magnificent Austin Pipe Organ in Chattanoogašs Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium....It is through the efforts of the Chattanooga Music Club that the 81-rank pipe organ, 'The Voice of the Auditorium,' has come to life, making its voice heard once again after being silent for many years."
- Inducted: 5/30/04
  Linton First United Methodist Church - Linton, Indiana
"The Linton First United Methodist Church is once again filled with the sound of a pipe organ for the first time since last fall. For three years the church has been raising money with pledges, garage sales, donut sales, etc. On June 19 the new organ was finally moved into the church."
- Inducted: 8/7/04
St James Church - Morpeth, Australia
"During the past three months the 1877 organ has been undergoing major restoration work in a bid to be returned to its former glory....The $60,000 cost of the work has been met from a series of concerts held at the church which started in 2002. 'We initially thought the work was going to cost about $42,000 but things changed and it ended up being a bit more but our concerts have been extremely successful, thanks to the community, and we are delighted with the result,' Rev Garnsey said."
- Inducted: 7/23/04
  First United Methodist Church - Clinton, North Carolina
"...the church would like to purchase a three manual organ with 47 ranks of pipes to replace their 43-year-old electronic organ....Over $80,000 sits in the fund so far, but the pipe organ the church would like to have built costs between $500,000 and $600,000."
- Inducted: 7/17/04
Christ Church Episcopal Church - Lead, South Dakota
"Sunday morning traffic backed up for more than two blocks on Lead's Main Street as Christ Church Episcopal Church parishioners and guests came together to celebrate the completion of a dream. Following its restoration, the 1905 J.W. Steere tracker pipe organ once again filled their sanctuary with glorious sound....The church members took on the restoration project over a year ago and just recently reached their fundraising goal of $130,000."
- Inducted: 7/14/04