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Planning for a new organ at St. Andrew's

We are in the process of raising funds to support the building and installation of a new organ at St. Andrew's. It will be a beautiful, versatile instrument and a worthy replacement for our current electro-pneumatic organ. The new instrument will be a 'tracker' organ, and will last far beyond our lifetimes, and beyond our children's and grandchildren's lifetimes.

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Project Update: November 2021


The new organ arrived at the church on November 1, 2021. Since then, the organ builder has been hard at work assembling the instrument. After two weeks of work, a much of the instrument's case has been put together. Work on the interior and tuning of the instrument will continue in the weeks and months to come.

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Project Update: Spring 2021


During the time when we were not able to be in the church building, the renovation and acoustical enhancement of the church have been nearly completed, and the result has been on display in our Sunday morning video services.

Throughout the pandemic the organ builder in Tennessee continues to work. The organ case and pipes are nearing completion; the keyboards are in; most components are ready. Like many businesses they have had to adapt to working under Covid restrictions, and their supply chain for the few items they do not manufacture themselves has been disrupted. These disruptions are being slowly resolved.

At this point the installers still do not feel safe traveling. As soon as we know more an announcement will be made to the parish. As eager as we are to see and hear the new instrument, the organ builder is equally eager to get it to us. We appreciate your patience and continued support.

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About the New Organ

In building a new organ, consideration must be given not only to the auditory experience but also the visual appearance of the instrument.

Diagram of location for new organ

In its appearance the organ will be built to be consonant with the architectural themes that otherwise define the sanctuary. Our organ builders, Richards, Fowkes & Co., have an established track record for building beautiful organs.

Examples of their work can be viewed HERE.

Diagram of location for new organ

Our new organ will be installed in the first bay along the north wall of the church. It is the place where the church's first organ once sat. The pipes will be located within the body of the sanctuary, but they will not obscure the arch that defines the chancel. The new organ will be sized to fit within the space currently defined by the altar rail.

Before and after of stained glass windows

The two stained glass windows (the Bishop Brent (N1) and Venerable Bede (N2) windows) that adorn the first north bay have been removed, restored, and reinstalled at the back of the nave in place of the painted windows in bays N11 and N12.

Before and after of stained glass windows

The N1 and N2 window openings on the north wall have been enclosed, as our new organ's placement is within a foot of the exterior wall. The Painted Windows, previously in the N11 and N12 spaces, are being restored and will then be reinstalled on the exterior in the N1 and N2 spaces.

Renovated chancel

The choir will remain in its current position, at the front of the church. We will use this occasion to install acoustic remediation in the chancel, making the choir more audible to the congregation. This remediation will not entail any visible alteration to the front of the church.

Frequently Asked Questions

In building a new organ, consideration must be given not only to the auditory experience but also the visual appearance of the instrument.

Our new organ will be a tracker (or mechanical action) organ. In a tracker organ there is a physical connection between the keys and the pipes. This long lasting technology does not depend on electrical or mass-produced components and can last for hundreds of years.

LEARN MORE about tracker organs [PDF]
LEARN how a tracker organ is made [PDF]

Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, construction and installation of the organ has been delayed. Once construction of the instrument begins it will take 14-18 months to build. Installation of the instrument should start in 2021.

Designs have not yet been drawn. The plan is that the organ will be installed in the first bay along the north wall of the church (where the bell choir currently plays). The wheelchair ramp will be moved to the south side of the chancel.

In November 2015 the Vestry authorized the signing of a contract with Richards, Fowkes & Co. of Ooltewah, Tennessee.

Richards & Fowkes have made several visits to St. Andrew's to learn about our sanctuary and parish. We are confident that they will build an instrument that will serve St. Andrew's well into the future.

LEARN why Richards, Fowkes & Co. is right for St. Andrew's [PDF]
VIEW Richards, Fowkes & Co.'s overview of our organ

We invite you to contribute to the building of this beautiful new instrument and we would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person to answer any questions that you may have before you pledge. Pledges can be paid at once, or they can be paid in increments over a period of up to four years. The pledge form can be downloaded HERE. Once you have filled it in, please mail it to the church office:

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Attn. Kathy McPherson
306 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Budget and Financial Information

The estimated cost to build and install the new organ adds up to $1,875,180.

The budget is broken down as follows:

Instrument cost $1,281,688
Installation cost $35,000
Contingency of 3% $39,501
Budget for Richard and Fowkes $1,356,189
Site preparation and acoustics $389,991
Est. administration and fund raising $129,000
Project total $1,875,180

We invite you to pledge toward the building of this beautiful new instrument.

Pledges can be paid at once, or they can be paid in increments over a period of up to four years. The pledge form can be downloaded HERE; once you have filled it in, please mail it to the church office:

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Attn. Kathy McPherson
306 N. Division St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

We thank you for your support of the music and ministry of St. Andrew's.

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