Our Organ – Part of our worship & praise!
Music and PEACE Lutheran Church
Music lays a foundation for our Lutheran heritage at PEACE Lutheran Church. During our worship, music from our organ, piano, choir, soloists and guest musicians lift our spirits. We feel a touch of heaven in our Sanctuary each Sunday! And, many secular, community events that take place here draw on that rich heritage.
A new organ capable of playing real pipes would add an exciting new dimension to Nevada County’s arts scene. And, it would take splendid advantage of PEACE’s location in the state-designated Grass Valley-Nevada City Cultural District. Will you help us add this stunning new asset to our local music repertoire?
Our present organ is a digital instrument – basically, a computer connected to a keyboard console on one side and speakers on the other. And like a 25-year-old computer, it’s technology no longer matches the available level nor meets present needs, PEACE staff organist Walt Strony says. It has too little memory and too few options to easily accommodate its many uses.
Perhaps of greatest concern, the present organ could stop working at any time. Yet, ordering a new organ can take months.
Why a new organ?
Our organ is basically a specialized computer, hooked up to a console with keyboard, stops and pedals, and to speakers. Like that of computers, digital organ technology has advanced tremendously in 25 years. A new organ would take advantage of those advances.
Most importantly, a new organ would offer vastly improved sound in our Sanctuary.
- New speakers would create stereo sound – that is, the sound coming out of speakers to the right of the sanctuary would be different from sound coming out of the left. Stereo sound would create a richer sound experience.
- New options available through more advanced technology could expand our possibilities for worship music, concerts and community events such as silent movies with live accompaniment.
Perhaps most exciting, PEACE is planning for a new organ that could, in the future, accommodate real pipes. As good as digital sound can be, it misses some of the qualities of a real instrument. Real pipes issue a “shushing” sound as stops open and close, and air moves through the valves, Walt Strony explains.
Honoring the musical legacy of Paul Perry
Maestro Paul Perry was organist at PEACE for more than 20 years. We remember his spirited playing during worship, when every Sunday felt like a concert. Each December, we continue to offer the inspiring Mini-Concerts he started as a free gift to our community.
It was Paul’s dream to prepare for the replacement of our existing organ.
Paul had proposed working toward replacing our organ before to his unexpected death in 2014.
Our present organist, the nationally acclaimed Walt Strony, builds on the tradition of great music that we enjoy at PEACE. Walt leads this organ replacement campaign with vision and excitement about the possibilities a new organ offers to PEACE and to all of western Nevada County.
We invite you to hear for yourself the beautiful music created in our Sanctuary! Come on Sunday mornings or to one of our many secular community events.
PEACE Organ Fund
At PEACE, we dedicate our new organ to the glory of God. Through it, we also remember the music ministry of Paul Perry.
Your generous, tax-deductible donation to PEACE Lutheran Church’s Memorial Organ Campaign will be a lasting asset to the entire community of western Nevada County. PEACE Lutheran Church would become home to the ONLY modern combination digital-pipe organ available for public enjoyment in our area.
You can be a part of the Dream!
Consider donating as a memorial for a loved one who appreciated great music!
Make your pledge today to PEACE Lutheran Church’s Organ Fund. Send your pledge or check (note “Organ Fund” in the memo line” to PEACE Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945. Donations are 100% tax-deductible!
You can make a LASTING LEGACY toward Inspiring Music in worship and Beautiful Music in our community!