Holy Trinity Organ Committee

In February 2016, the Vestry commissioned a committee of parishioners with the following charge: 

To assess the physical condition and musical qualities and limitations of the existing organ, including a review of all previous conversations, consultations, and documentations related to the organ.  To prepare and present to the vestry a proposal or a set of options for repair, improvement, or replacement of the organ.

Members of the committee were the ongoing and interim music staff, a member of the Building and Grounds Committee, and members of the parish who are interested in but not necessarily familiar with the pipe organ and its characteristics.  They were: Sarah Michael (Chair), Bill Bausano, David Castillo, Senior Warden Bob Benson (ex officio), Chris Church, Barbara Cox, Frank Jordan, Dorothy Samter, and rector Sara Palmer (ex officio).

In its charge, the vestry outlined a list of tasks that would culminate in the submission to the vestry of a proposal or a set of options for repair, improvement, or replacement of the organ along with cost estimates and timelines for completion.

The committee interviewed and subsequently invited Dr. Bryan Mock to serve as an outside consultant.  Dr. Mock, who holds the DMA from the College-Conservatory of Music, is Organist and Choirmaster at Christ Church Glendale in Cincinnati.  He has concertized internationally and, in addition to his choral work with three choirs at Christ Church Glendale, was for many years the conductor of the Cincinnati Boy Choir Training Choir.  He is also a recent president of the Association of Anglican Musicians and is active in the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where he has served as Dean.  He has consulted with other churches in the DSO and brings a broad vision and a collaborative approach to consulting.  

The committee established a statement regarding the place and value of music in the life of Holy Trinity parish and this statement was approved by the vestry.  It can actually be read on the page entitled "Music at Holy Trinity", which can be reached by clicking here.

In its work with Dr. Mock, the committee studied the design and placement of the organ pipework and the console as well as the acoustical properties of the space.  It became clear that re-locating the pipework and the console were options that must be considered whether the Wicks instrument were to be retained or replaced.

The committee then consulted with several reputable organ builders to learn how they view the needs of the parish, the placement of pipework and console, and the acoustical setting for the best projection of both instrumental and choral music.

The result of these studies and consultations led the committee to consider two organs, one of which was rejected for a variety of reasons.  The final selection was made after Dr. Mock and our Organist David Castillo went to a church in Kansas to study, play, and evaluate an instrument that was being sold.  They recommended to the committee its purchase and installation at Holy Trinity.