In 2008, the organ was moved from Oklahoma to Berlin, NH, after its owner, Susan Ferre’ and her husband moved to the neighboring town of Gorham, NH. Ferre had loaned the organ and other vintage instruments to Chapel Arts, a private performance space and art gallery.
The 10 stop tracker organ was moved again this fall and now resides at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Berlin, where Ferre serves as organist. The Berlin Daily Sun featured the organ on its front page:
“(the organ) will be used for Sunday services, as well as for concerts, demonstrations and special programs. ‘It will enable us to expand our musical offerings in worship and to the wider community,’ says the Reverend Fran Gardner, rector of St. Barnabas.
A crew of three, headed by Paul Lytle of the Bedient company in Lincoln, Nebraska, spent a week disassembling, moving and reassembling the instrument. Gene Bedient, the organ’s designer and head of the company arrived on Monday to help with final tuning. The interior of the case, weighing about 1000 pounds, was moved with help from church member, Larry Jenkins of Randolph, along with help from friends and neighbors, including Tom Dyar of Gorham, Charley Lang of Berlin, and especially from Edgar and Norman Thibodeaux of Berlin who also made their Great North Woods Container Services truck available for the final haul.
‘The organ is a fine new addition to the Berlin organ scene,’ said Susan Ferre, organist at St. Barnabas. ‘It will join with the historic St. Kieran’s organ and the organ at St. Anne’s, among others, in dazzling our sensibilities and heightening our awareness of the great technical achievements of former generations.’ She added, ‘The organ was not conceived to play all music, but is conceived after Renaissance prototypes and makes early music come alive in very special ways.'”
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Opus 37 Dedication and Recital
Opus 37 Dedication Concert
Opus 37 moves to the East Coast