Charlotte Congregational Church Highlighted on Pipe Organ Tour
The pipe organ at First Congregational Church was highlighted on the recent “organ tour” by the American Guild of Organists, Lansing chapter. The historic Holtkamp pipe organ at the Olivet Congregational Church and the digital/pipe hybrid organ at Charlotte’s Peace Lutheran Church were also stops on the organ tour. In all, about 20 organists from the mid-Michigan area participated in the tour.
The pipe organ at the First Congregational Church has a long history and is considered one of the finest pipe organs in the area. Its 2-manual predecessor was built in the 1880’s, and the current 3-manual organ was built in 1945 by the well-known Moller Organ Company, retaining many of the original pipes. It was restored in 1984, and the oboe stop was added, bringing the total to 26 ranks of pipes. A recent restoration and digital conversion was done in 2011, adding many pistons and couplers.
This is yet another example of the hidden gems that Charlotte offers. One only has to keep one’s eyes—and ears—open!