Why does St. Margaret's need a new organ?
The current sanctuary organ was installed in the early 1990s and at 30 years old has outlasted its expected lifespan. It has been failing for some time, currently operating at less than 1/3 of its capacity. The congregation is denied a full worship experience because much of the organ voice is gone, and the rich skills of our parish musicians are not fully utilized. St. Margaret's needs an instrument that:
*Enhances worship by properly supporting and encouraging vibrant congregational singing
*Won’t be overwhelmed at major holiday services when joined by other instrumental ensembles;
*Possesses ideal specifications for teaching organ scholars, or students, or interns
*Is a vehicle which may draw people to St. Margaret's
When did the work begin on acquiring a new organ?
In Fall 2019, the Rev. Peter W. Mayer commissioned an Organ Committee to research and choose a new organ. The committee then retained Tom Sheehan, Cathedral Organist and Associate Director of Music at Washington National Cathedral, to be an advisor on the project.
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Click here to learn more about Tom
What did the organ committee propose?
For nearly a year, the committee visited churches in the Washington-Baltimore-Annapolis area to listen to digital and pipe organs. These were instruments made by major organ companies, and smaller custom makers, from the U.S., Canada and England. The committee determined that a digital organ would be the best choice for St. Margaret’s and focused on digital models. In Fall 2020, committee members visited two digital organ manufacturers’ headquarters, and unanimously decided the instrument proposed by Marshall & Ogletree Organbuilders of Massachusetts would best fit our needs.
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What will the new organ look and sound like?
The Organ Committee was impressed with the M&O proposal, an “Opus 17” for St. Margaret’s. "Opus 17” will be a world-class, state-of-the-art customized instrument, tailored specifically for St. Margaret's.
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Click here for a specification list (list of sounds)
What is the project timeline and cost?
In February 2021, the Vestry approved the organ committee's recommendation.
Step 1: Installation of main tone generation system, audio system and a temporary control console is 3-4 months;
Step 2: Installation of custom casework to house the audio system/speakers to be located in both transepts
Step 3: Completion and installation of new custom built console and final voicing work is 12-14 months (Easter 2022)
We estimate that the total price will be around $390,000. Parishioners are asked to consider donating a financial gift to cover this expense.
How can I make a pledge/payment?
There are two ways to make a pledged donation for the organ fund.
*Fill out the automated form on this page; or
*Go to https://onrealm.org/smcannapolis/Give and choose the organ fund in the drop down menu.
Boston Globe video about Marshall & Ogletree instruments
Proof of Concept - Marshall & Ogletree