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Why add more pipes?
The new organ will serve Galilee’s needs now and for generations.
How often would we use the chancel console?
Why is the congregation hearing about this after a decision has been made?
The organ committee sought proposals from five of the most respected organ builders in North America and reviewed each carefully. The accepted proposal is one of the two most economical options, and yet one of the most sought-after builders for this type of project.
What makes this organ so special that we rushed to save/buy it?
Tonally best suited for Episcopal worship, which is why Episcopal churches were Skinner’s largest customer base. The sound of this instrument is ideal for energizing a room and leading congregational singing. It is also full of gentle and subtle color sounds for accompanying choirs in the Anglican tradition.
Very few early Skinner organs remain. This will be the only one in Hampton Roads, and it will absolutely be among the best organs in our region.
Why does it cost so much to build or restore a pipe organ?
Why a pipe organ? Isn’t our digital organ good enough?
Pipe organs have been constructed following the same basic principles for hundreds of years: air is pressurized and directed through pitched pipes to energize air and produce sound. Through the centuries different builders have devised different manners to achieve those functions, including modern solid-state control systems and playing aids, but they are built to stand the test of time and to be renewable for centuries. A pipe organ, though a large initial investment, is good long-term stewardship.