On April 3rd, the chapter presented board member Genevieve Bishop who shared a short program on her approach to creative hymn playing, followed by an area organ crawl, beginning with Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg. Members had the opportunity to play the 36-rank Jaeckel (1996) pipe organ in the historic 19th-century designed Swedish church. Participants then adjourned to Messiah Lutheran Church (Lindsborg) to see the 24-rank 1975 McMannis Organ. The third instrument was at Trinity Lutheran Church (McPherson), a recently restored 1938 Kilgen Pipe Organ to which the Bedient Shop in Lincoln, Nebraska, has made critical additions in the newly renovated sanctuary. Following the organ crawl, chapter members adjourned to a local restaurant for a light supper.
Founded in 1954, the Wichita Chapter’s first Dean was the late W. Arnold Lynch. Nationally and internationally known organists and choirs the Chapter has helped sponsor in Wichita have included E. Power Biggs, Diane Bish, Catherine Crozier, Maurice & Madeleine Duruflé, Virgil Fox, Jean Langlais, the Wichita Community Children’s Choir, and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, UK.
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