Published on October 22nd, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


New Custom Pipe Organ to be Dedicated at Shandon Presbyterian

Two recitals will be played to introduce this Lewtak organ. The first on Friday November 2 at 8 p.m. will be hosted by Michael Barone famed host of NPR’s PIPDREAMS. The second recital will be on November 4 at 6 p.m. Both recitals will be played by the church organist Timothy Belk.

About Michael Barone: 

Building upon a curiosity which began in his teens, Michael Barone has been involved with the pipe organ for more than 50 years. As host and senior executive producer of Pipedreams, he is recognized nationally for his outstanding contributions to the world of organ music. Pipedreams began in 1982, and it remains the only nationally distributed weekly radio program exploring the art of the pipe organ. Michael’s talent and commitment have been recognized with numerous awards, including the American Guild of Organists President’s Award in 1996, the Distinguished Service Award of the Organ Historical Society in 1997 and the 2001 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. In November 2002 he was selected for induction to the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

About the organist Timothy Belk:

Mr. Belk is the Organist and business manager of Shandon Presbyterian Church in Columbia South Carolina. He holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in organ performance from the North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and serves on the Executive Board of the American Guild of Organists Charlotte Chapter. He has also consulted more than 140 organ projects, acoustical enhancements and has led church music workshops throughout the southeast.

About the organ:

The organ at Shandon Presbyterian is a tracker instrument with 47 stops divided between three manuals and a pedal. The construction of this instrument began in 2016 and the installation was finalized in September 2018. The Great has 11 stops -17 ranks; the swell has 12 stops – 15 ranks;

The choir has 11 stops – 13 ranks; the pedal has 13 stops – 14ranks.

About Lewtak Pipe Organ Builder:

Tom Lewtak was educated as an organist, having two master’s degrees in Organ Performance. His inspiration to become an organ builder came at the age of 16 when he viewed building process of the monumental organ at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Gdansk (Danzig), Poland, by the German firm of Hillebrand. Later, he took organ building and design during his five years at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland. The following years took him to Denmark and Norway, where he apprenticed with Carsten Lund Organ Builders of Copenhagen.

The Lewtak shop which would be a dream of any organ builder – is a generous 15,000 square feet of clean space filled with natural light and located on 15 acres of unspoiled North Carolina countryside. The building is divided into four departments: woodworking, finishing, pipe handling and organ assembly. We are proud of the fact that our shop is environmentally green. The heat, AC and hot water system uses geothermal technology, entire building is heavily insulated with open-cell spray foam, and there is not a single regular or fluorescent light bulb anywhere in the shop – only LEDs!



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