First Baptist Church
is a long and strong tradition of excellent music at the First Baptist
Church of East Elmhurst, where the Rev. Dr. Brookward Bush is pastor
and Ms. Ella Whack is secretary. The large nave and balcony comfortably
seat about 500 people and the altar area includes two organs, a grand
piano, an extensive set of drums, and generous seating for a large
choir on several tiers. However, when the three choirs—the Youth
Choir, the Gospel Choir, and the Chancel Choir—perform together
as for the Organ Dedication Concert, space for the musicians is scarce.
the three-manual Allen AP-31 organ has lifted the standard of excellence
even higher. Said Pastor Bush, "Not only is our three-manual
Protégé organ a great, great instrument, but it
is a fantastic instrument for our church. I love. it. Last Sunday
our organist Mr. Jim Henry captivated the congregation completely
throughout the whole service with his playing. The congregation has
fallen in love with the organ even before
the organ dedication service. This organ has revolutionized our worship."
The church has three choirs—the Youth Choir, the Gospel Choir,
and the Chancel Choir—and the worship service includes music
on the classical and gospel organs, the grand piano, and an elaborate
Pastor Bush continued, "Not only are the Allen people so courteous and kind, but they did all of the things they had promised...and more." From the involved double hoisting required by Allen's experienced movers to remove the former organ from the tight quarters two tiers up behind the altar, to the delivery of the new and larger instrument to the same location, through the structural and electrical preparations for the installation completely carried out by Daniel H. Hunter, Jr., installation tech of the Allen Organ Studios, the project was well organized and completed on schedule.
was a very smooth operation. From the start,
it was a pleasure working with Bob &
Claire, Mike & Dani, and the Allen folks. In fact, that
was the reason we stayed with them," said Pastor Bush. The Allen
organ was heard for the first time two weeks before Christmas when
guest organist Mr. Elmer Hammond, music director and organist of St.
Albans Congregational Church, accompanied a community choir in Handel's
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