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Good News from the Music Committee


Dear Members of First Church:


The Music Committee received a $1,000 grant from the Grace Makepeace Trust for Historic Preservation for the purpose of “Maintenance of the Johnson Organ (historic property); to evaluate the nature and extent of repairs necessary for the restoration of the Johnson.”  In March of 2020, First Church had its historic Johnson Organ tuned.  During that procedure, Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. noted that the pipe organ, built in 1892, had its last major overhaul sometime between 1952 and 1955. 

In a report given to First Church after the March tuning, Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. cited three issues needing attention:  the leather in the electro-pneumatic playing actions (and the remaining wind reservoirs) is accruing an age of approximately 68 years;  occasional failure in the pneumatic manual-keyboard contacts; possible leakage from failing leather on one pull-down motor for an individual valve action.

Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc. have sent First Church a proposal to explore and evaluate the issues concerning repair and restoration of the Johnson, not to exceed $1,000.  First Church, along with Messrs. Czelusniak et Dugal, Inc., shares the sincerest intentions of continuing the thorough and responsible preservation of the Johnson and Son pipe organ in an authentic, useful, reliable, and durable state.  Work on this project will begin in the fall of 2020.