We have Completed the restoration, revoicing and repairing our 60 year old Austin organ!

Dear Friend(s),

     The capital campaign to raise $26,000 to repair and re-voice our Austin organ has officially come to a highly successful end, and the actual repair work is completed.  We wish to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to you for the way(s) you supported this enormous undertaking.   None of this would have been possible had it not been for the outpouring of support through pledges, donations, memorial and honorary gifts; the generous contributions of goods in kind for the silent auction; or the seemingly endless amount of time, talent, and energy given to fundraising efforts and events.  We sincerely thank you and invite you to CELEBRATE with us!

 

 free public Celebration Concert with guest organist George Bozeman

Sunday November 19, at 3:00pm

 

A superb repertoire of Bach that will demonstrate the full range of capabilities of this organ.  A reception will follow the concert, offering the opportunity to meet and greet our guest performer (see his professional biography below).

This incredible instrument is at the heart of the spiritual life of our church.  The music played on this organ makes our spirits soar in worship and special services, draws us into God's comfort and healing at times of gathering for funerals/memorials, and brings a sacredness to the celebration of a wedding ceremony.  Fully restored to its original power and magnificence, we will re-dedicate the organ to the service of God's life-filled, love-filled mission and ministry of praise and thanksgiving, healing and hope, peace and joy.  Please join us for this special occasion.

Joyfully,

Rev. Marcia A. Charles, Pastor                                                       Sara Salisbury, Fundraising Committee Chair

 

George Bozeman, a native Texan, majored in organ at North Texas State College under Dr. Helen Hewitt. He apprenticed as an organbuilder with Otto Hofmann of Austin, and later worked with Joseph E. Blanton, Rodney Yarbrough, and Robert L. Sipe. In 1967 he received a Fulbright Grant to study organ with Anton Heiller and harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm at the Academy of Music in Vienna. On his return he settled in New England and worked for Fritz Noack in Georgetown, Massachusetts before starting his own organbuilding firm in Lowell, Massachusetts. The firm later moved to Deerfield, New Hampshire, and completed more than 60 projects in some 20 states across the nation. George has also maintained a church music career throughout and is Director of Music at the First Congregational Church in Pembroke, New Hampshire. He has been a featured performer for Conventions of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of Organbuilders, and the International Society of Organbuilders. He has played recitals across the United States and in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Europe.

 

contact our Austin Organ committee by email at austinorganbp@gmail.com