Holy Trinity, Oxford, gets an “organ transplant”

Holy Trinity, Oxford, received an “organ transplant” in September 2017 with the arrival of the Nordlie, Opus 27 organ. This three manual, 1,718-pipe tracker organ was purchased from Faith Lutheran Church of Prairie Village, Kansas, which recently closed its doors due to dwindling membership. Originally built in 1995 by the J. F. Nordlie Company of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organ is a perfect match for the architectural style and great acoustics of Holy Trinity’s sanctuary. The arrival and installation of the Nordlie culminated a year-long search to repair or replace the prior organ, which had served the church well for over sixty years.

Nordlie’s crew dismantled and packed the organ then moved it to Oxford on two 26-foot trucks. It took two and a half weeks to install and was consecrated on October 29 during our regular Sunday service. The organ has been dedicated as the Stanley P. Ferch Organ in honor of a former parishioner, whose partner made a generous gift for the purpose of repairing or replacing the old organ after Stan’s death in 1997. He knew that Stan wanted to keep the legacy of beautiful music alive at Holy Trinity. Careful stewardship of this gift allowed the sum to grow and made possible the purchase of the Nordlie, Opus 27.

Holy Trinity celebrated the acquisition of the organ with an inaugural recital on February 11, featuring organists Robert Wisniewski (Columbus), Bryan Mock (Christ Church, Glendale), and Phillip Roberts (Holy Trinity, Oxford). More details about the Stanley P. Ferch organ can be found at www.holytoxford.org.

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Submitted by Sarah Michael, chair of the organ committee at Holy Trinity, Oxford.