On November 1, 1964, at the end of a twelve-year building project, Brecksville United Methodist Church consecrated its current Sanctuary. The following month, after more than a year of research, the Organ Committee proposed the purchase of a new Casavant pipe organ to the Trustees.
Space and budget constraints dictated that the new organ favor a balanced ensemble sound. It omitted specialized voices in the belief that classic specifications would ensure a fresh, clear and contemporary sound for many years. The installation was completed in time for Christmas 1966 at a cost of $30,000.
Flash forward to 2012. Casavant is still world-renowned for building some of the finest pipe organs in places as far away as China. Visit their website: www.casavant.ca for a tour of the factory and pictures of recent projects. According to the Casavant firm, the replacement cost of our organ is now over $500,000.
Over the years we have made additions to the organ. In 1974, to complete the initial organ design, we added a Gemshorn stop. In the 1980’s eighteen-year-old Chris Toth joined the staff for the first time and oversaw expansion of the instrument, adding a new Oboe stop and making the existing Trumpet stop available to the organist on both keyboards and pedal. In 2012, a project was undertaken to replace the original electrical system with a new, digital system. At the same time, the chimes were replaced and a zimbelstern was added. The organ console was also made movable for the first time.Music Samples
Worship Hours through May
8:45 am Contemporary Worship
11:15 am Traditional Service
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