Good News from the Music Committee
In July 2020, First Church received a grant of $1,000 from the Grace Makepeace Trust which was used to finance the exploration and evaluation of issues concerning restoration of the Johnson & Son Organ, Opus 781, 1892. Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. accomplished that task and concluded that the Wind Supply System of the Johnson & Son Organ needed to be restored so that the integrity of the organ could be preserved. The last major restoration was done in 1952-56.
In order to finance this restoration, the Music Committee applied to the Community Preservation Committee for a grant of $52,000. The request was approved by the CPC and presented to the town at the 2021 annual meeting. Voters approved the grant and work began in the fall of 2021. Three wind supply reservoirs (the great, choir and pedal) have been restored as of March 1, 2022, with the swell division in progress for completion by the CPC May 1, 2022 deadline.
To celebrate our organ's preservation, the Music Committee has invited guest organist, Monica Czausz, to perform a dedicatory recital on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at 3:00 p.m. The recital will be underwritten by a $1,000 grant from the Monson Cultural Council, a donation from the Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, fundraising efforts by the Music Committee, and from sponsorships given by members of our congregation and the community.