Hibben’s organ was heard in service for the last time on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Under a prior sales agreement with a buyer, which was reached in the fall of 2017, the organ was promised to be available anytime after the Christmas season. It was anticipated the buyer would remove the instrument no later than January 31, 2018.
In preparation of the removal of the organ, it was necessary to disconnect all wiring, amplifiers, and speaker cabinets. The current organ at Hibben will be on the way to its new home this Friday, January 12, 2018. We are very happy that our buyer will give this instrument a second lease on life as he installs it in his home for use as a personal practice instrument. This is wonderful! An organ that brought our church so much joy for many years will soon be bringing joy to others.
Our new organ is still under construction at the Allen Organ factory in Macungie, PA. It will be installed in late summer of 2018 (July or perhaps August). As a result, Fox Music House of Charleston will be installing a temporary instrument for our use. This organ is also an Allen, although much smaller than our new one. Even so, the Allen “loaner” organ will be an incredible instrument fully-capable of leading our music program during the next few months, with notable services on Maundy Thursday, Palm Sunday, Easter, and a wedding on May 19.