Nourishing the spirit …
KATHERINE ESTERLY ORGAN
The Organ Renovation Project
The organ renovation project officially began on Monday, March 7, 2016.
CLICK HERE to see photos and follow our progress on our Katherine Esterly Organ Facebook page. CLICK HERE to see the TONAL SPECIFICATIONS of the new organ!
As many have experienced, the music at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, during the services and at special events, is well known to lift the spirits and nourish the souls of those in attendance. However, the organ reached the end of its useful life cycle several years ago; in its place currently is a temporary electronic organ.
After a lengthy in-depth process of research and evaluation, the Organ Committee at SsAM developed a plan for rebuilding and improving this 60-year-old organ. Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc., specializing in organ designs closest to the unique musical needs of parishes, was selected. They were also chosen because they best understood SsAM’s philosophy as well as our desire to incorporate pipes from the three former parishes that have consolidated into one… St. Andrew’s, St. Matthew’s and the Cathedral Church of Saint John’s.
This renovation has improved the organ’s sound and will maintain the instrument for years to come. An enhanced organ honors the excellence of our choir and looks forward to the blending of young voices of the Cathedral Choir School of Delaware.
Because of SsAM’s location in downtown Wilmington and its commitment to serving as a spiritual, cultural and social force in the community, the new organ will have an impact on music and culture far beyond the context of worship. Being particularly well designed as a bold concert instrument, it will also support the many groups that perform regularly at SsAM as well as attract additional musical groups.
The new organ has been named after Dr. Katherine (Kitty) L. Esterly, a revered and honored pediatrician, a beloved and respected member of our congregation and of our state. She has been a major proponent of the new organ, understanding its importance to the congregation and the community. The organ was dedicated on February 19, 2017.
We need your help!
As of June 1, 2016 we have raised $1,345,354 of our initial goal of $1,350,000. We need your assistance to help us reach our goal. Contributions, made out to SsAM with Organ Renovation in the memo line, can be sent to the SsAM, 710 Shipley Street, Wilmington, DE 19801. If you would like to make a pledge, CLICK HERE for a printable form that can be mailed in. Or CLICK HERE to make a donation with your credit card. All gifts are 100% tax deductible.
For additional information, please contact any of the following: Patricia Saunders, Chair of SsAM’s Sharing Our Blessings Campaign at 302-543-4583 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Rev. David Andrews, Rector, at 302-656-6628 or email@example.com; or David Christopher, Organist and Director of Music at 302-367-6550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIDEO: Click here to hear the first notes in public from the Kitty Esterly Organ at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew in downtown Wilmington, Delaware as recorded on Sunday, December 11, 2016. Those notes were accompanied by the SsAM Adult Choir and by members from the congregation familiar with this anthem, “There Shall A Star Come Out of Jacob” by Felix Mendelssohn. David Christopher, organist and music director.
Thank you for your help.