Organist Kent Jager at the organ console, with the celestial musicians of the Queenship Window in the background. [Photo by J. Hohner]
TIME TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO MOLLER ORGAN
Enclosed in this week’s Guide is a special envelope for parishioners and friends to use to make a donation to our Organ Preservation Fund.
To give parishioners some background information on our organ preservation efforts, a recital was held in Queen of Angels Church on October 29, 2011, featuring Kent Jager, our Director of Music. Kent completed his graduate studies at Northwestern University in Evanston where he studied with Grigg Fountain. Kent also studied with Davis Folkerts at Central College in Pella, Iowa during his undergraduate years. At Queen of Angels he is principal organist for all liturgies and oversees four choral groups. The recital was attended by about 100 parishioners and friends, and a freewill offering was taken. Those involved in this initial effort felt it was a success.
This historic Moller organ has been a part of worship at Queen of Angels for more than 70 years. It has faithfully provided music for countless weddings, funerals, confirmations and liturgical celebrations at the church. Queen of Angels also supports the arts in the Lincoln Square neighborhood with frequent concerts and recitals. The organ is often a part of these events.
To keep this musical treasure alive, the time has come to replace the original leather in the Swell chests. As you can imagine, after 70 years, this leather, which allows the chests to expand and contract as air is supplied to the pipes, is no longer in pristine condition. Replacing this leather will insure the organ will continue to speak at Queen of Angels for the next 70 years.
We invite parishioners to contribute to this organ re-leathering project. An envelope for this purpose is inserted in this Guide for your convenience. If you wish to make your donation anonymously, that can be accomplished.
Many, many thanks for your generosity!