Photo 1. St. Luke's Lutheran Church.  The building was originally a farmhouse, but it has usable space on two levels with the sanctuary on the lower level and classroom/office space on the upper lev



Photo 2. The sanctuary as it exists at the present time.  It seats approximately 40 people.



Photo 3. Site next to the existing church where the new building will be constructed.  With funding in place, it is expected that the structure will take only a few months to complete.



Photo 4. Console of the 1953 Moller Artiste which will go into the new sanctuary after being rebuilt.  The Artiste was in Queen Anne Lutheran Church in Seattle from 1953 until 2009 when it was given to the Pipe Organ Foundation.



Photo 5. View of the organ chamber at Queen Anne Lutheran before the organ was removed.  This instrument will be used as the basis for  the organ at St. Luke.


Disassembly Begins

Photo 6. The disassembly of the console begins.  The old wind-based mechanism will be completely removed in order to allow the Syndyne switching system to be installed.


Charlie at Console

Photo 7. Charlie is both a St. Luke church member and an organ enthusiast. He is undertaking the refinishing of the console in his shop in Lake Stevens, Washington.



St. Luke Lutheran Church Mt. Vernon, Washington

The Foundation is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with St. Luke Lutheran Church of Mt. Vernon, Washington for the installation of a pipe organ in their new sanctuary.  Initial contact with the Foundation was made late in 2010 by the church, and one of their members visited the Foundation facilities and discussed  the new sanctuary and the type of organ that might be appropriate for the worship style of the church.  In January, an initial proposal was sent to the church, and in February, three of the Foundation's Board members went to the church for a visit and an extended meeting with Pastor Jerry Dalke and others at the church.

The people at St. Luke are committed to a traditional style of worship and to the organ.  Although the church is small, it is blessed with two or three organists.  Even the thought of a pipe organ for the church was thrilling to these people as such a thought had seemed completely impossible to them because of the small size and resources of the church.  The new sanctuary will seat approximately 80 persons. However, it was explained to them that this is exactly the type of public situation in which the Pipe Organ Foundation is pleased to install an instrument.

The basis for the pipe organ will be the 1953 two manual, four rank Moller Artiste from Queen Anne Lutheran Church in Seattle.  The Queen Anne organ was given to the Foundation in 2009 when funds were made available for a new pipe organ for Queen Anne Lutheran.  The basic four rank instrument is unified and consists of long ranks of each of the four types of pipes in pipe organs: 1) flute; 2) diapason; 3) string; and, 4) reed (Trompette).  In addition, two church members at St. Luke church have agreed to provide additional funds so that two more ranks can be added.  A fine set of Deagan Class A chimes will be included in the instrument.  Tonal design consultation with Rene Marceau of Marceau Pipe Organ Builders has already occurred.

Note is made that the new instrument will feature a system from the Syndyne Corporation in Vancouver, Washington.  Syndyne has been a vital part of the charitable work of the Foundation for several years, and the Foundation is most grateful for this help.  The Syndyne switching system has great versatility and it allows for a movable console, a transposer (transposing of the entire organ can be done into any key from the key being played), AutoPedal (the pedal registration can be played on the Great manual so that a person not skilled in playing the pedals can play the full organ), MIDI, multiple memories, easy programming of driver boards, and many other features which make easy both installation and adaptation to the instrument.

Keep tuned for progress on the St. Luke instrument.  Installation is anticipated later in the year.

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This project has been complete and you can read about it here.