Music is a vital part of our heritage, our worship, and our contribution to the community. St. Paul's Lutheran Church is blessed to have a worship space that is acoustically lively and rich, so that both our own musicians and those from other groups benefit from making music here.
Our organ, though not originally constructed for this space, fits perfectly. It’s an unusually adaptable instrument that is equally comfortable with Baroque or Romantic music and almost everything in between. 2008 marked its 100th anniversary at St. Paul's, though it was built in 1882.
Our music director, Christopher Greene, conducts a small but powerful choir composed of church members. The choir leads our worship music together with the organ on most Sundays and presents special pieces for festivals and concerts.
Recitals and other musical groups present concerts in our space from time to time. To explore using St. Paul's as a performance space, contact, Chris Greene.
The organ at St. Paul's Lutheran Church was constructed by J.H. & C.S. Odell pipe organ builders in about 1882. It has 32 ranks of pipes on 2 manuals with a full pedal board.
In 1907 or 1908, it was moved from a Reformed church in Plainfield, NJ, to St. Paul's. At that time, it was a tracker organ, using mechanical action powered by a hand-turned blower. It was then electrified and converted into an electro-pneumatic organ. The organ was restored in 1950 by Odell. In 1995, after water from a nor’easter damaged the swell chest beyond repair, the organ was rebuilt by Stanton Daugherty Pipe Organs. The great chest was also restored at that time.
Recently the swell chest was again damaged by water, making about four ranks of pipes unusable. Various stops on the great chest also need attention. Insurance is covering some of the cost, so we hope to have our organ completely restored soon.