Rebuilding the Fourth Church organ


We’ve Reached Our Fundraising Goal!

“Among the many things that draw people to Fourth Church is our longstanding commitment to musical excellence. At the heart of our music life and our worship is our pipe organ, and as you may recall, one of John Buchanan’s final acts as Pastor of this church was to launch in January 2012 our fundraising campaign for rebuilding the organ, an instrument that has been rapidly deteriorating.

“We began that campaign with a generous challenge grant from the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust to match $1 for every $2 given toward our $3 million goal. This past July we were delighted to announce that thanks to widespread support from so many of you we were already halfway to that goal.

“Now on September 23, 2012, I am moved to be able to announce that thanks to a generous gift from Edie and Ed Andrew we have now successfully reached the $3 million goal and we will indeed have a rebuilt organ.

“In recognition of the Andrews’ longtime support of Fourth Church music programs—including not only their gift to the organ but also their launching and endowing Tower Brass as an ensemble of Fourth Church—the rebuilt organ will be named the Edith G. and Edward J. Andrew Pipe Organ.

“The Boards of Fourth Church have approved our beginning to move forward with the rebuilding project, the timeline for which has us using the current organ for the next 12 months or so, while materials are purchased, wood is aged, and preparations are made.

“Approximately a year from now, in late summer 2013, the current pipe organ will be removed, and we will use an electronic organ—as we did during the Sanctuary renovations back in 2006—during what will be twelve to eighteen months of organ rebuilding and installation work, with the hope of completing work and dedicating the rebuilt pipe organ late in this Sanctuary’s centennial year, 2014.

“For the generosity of each and every one of you who have helped us reach the fundraising goal that enables us to undertake the rebuilding of the organ, I am deeply grateful. It is you who have made this possible. Thank you.”

       —Calum MacLeod, Exeuctive Associate Pastor and Head of Staff,
           during worship on September 23, 2012


For more information about the organ fundraising project, contact Andrea Miller, Associate Director of Development (312.640.2576).