For the celebration of Fountain Street Church‘s 150th Year, it’s only fitting that we let our magnificent sanctuary pipe organ be heard.
In that interest, we will be hosting a FREE organ concert on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 3PM.
The special Guest Organist for this Concert will be Dr. James Kibbie, Chair of the Organ Department and University Organist at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kibbe also maintains a full concert schedule throughout North America and Europe; including appearances at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, Royal Festival Hall in London, Dvorak Hall in Prague, and Lincoln Center in New York. In 1991, he held a month-long Concert Tour of the Soviet Union, and is the only American to have won the International Organ Competition of the Prague Spring Festival in Czechoslovakia.
Joining Dr. Kibbie for this Concert will be our FSC Music Director and Organist, Marilyn Ossentjuk, who was a student of Dr. Kibbie and played our FSC Sanctuary Pipe Organ for 18 years.
Marilyn holds a Masters Degree (with honors) in Church Music with an emphasis in Organ Studies, from the University of Michigan, where she was a student of Dr. Kibbie.
Marilyn is a member of the American Guild of Organists, Music Teachers National Association, and has also studied and performed at the North German Organ Academy. Marilyn is currently the Music Direction/Organist at FSC but will soon be the Minister of Music at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Organ at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
In 2003, the FSC Pipe Organ was refurbished, and when completed, the instrument exceeded even the planner’s highest musical and technical expectations.
A small group of Organists including Carlo Curley, Beverly Howerton, and Jonathan Tuuk built upon the work of the FSC Organ Committee to revise and expand the design and arrange the final specifications. In the words of our Organ Consultant, Jonathan Tuuk, “The Austin-Allen Organ at Fountain Street Church is a spectacular, world-class American Classic instrument of immense color and dynamic diversity.”
There are about 8,000 (7,980) pipes, the largest being 32’ high and the smallest the size of a pencil. The five-manual Organ of 250 drawknobs is comprised of 138 ranks of pipes and 34 digital ranks for a total of 172 ranks (voices), making it the largest and most comprehensive of any Organ in the Midwest!
Please plan to attend this amazing – and FREE! – FSC Pipe Organ Concert on Sunday, October 13, 2019, at 3PM.