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Archived: January 2007 News from the Hendrickson Organ Company

Posted by Administrator on Sep 26 2008
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Important new contracts were signed in 2006.

When an attic electrical fire in the American Lutheran Church of Windom, MN destroyed the old Moller organ and much of the interior of the church after Christmas 2005, the Hendrickson Organ Company was called upon for a new instrument. Working with our old friend, organist Karen Jones Wojahn, the organ committee at the church, and the architectural firm SMSW of Northfield, Minnesota, Hendrickson developed a plan for a 25-rank electric-action organ to be installed in 2008. The organ will be installed front-center, directly above and behind the new choir location. A movable 2-manual drawknob console will be built. Hendrickson is also assisting with other designs for the rebuilding, and was pleased to convey the church a story from Rev. Dr. Herbert Chilstrom, that he helped pour the basement floor by bringing concrete in by wheelbarrow when he served as a summer intern at the church in the 1950s. They have a foundation provided by the Bishop!

For Trinity Episcopal Church in Excelsior, Minnesota, Charles and Andreas coordinated with Rev. Andrew Waldo, organist Luke Tegtmeier, and former organist Monte Mason in the design of a new 2-manual, 28-rank tracker action pipe organ to be installed front-center. Revisions to the church have been coordinated with Station 19 Architects of Minneapolis who are also designing a revision to the sanctuary, new lighting, seating, chancel, and floors. Hendrickson has also supplied and installed architectural wall sections for the chancel designed by Andreas in collaboration with the church and Station 19.

The organ from Trinity Lutheran Church of Fort Collins, Colorado is now in the shop undergoing rebuilding and enlarging. The installation wil take place in the spring of 2007. The organ is being enlarged to 17 ranks on 2 manuals and pedal.

The new tracker action studio organ at Minnesota State University, Mankato was dedicated in March 2006 with an incredible program of celebration designed by Prof. Linda Duckett. Michael Barone and friend Lise attended, and Michael played the organ for the group singing of the MSU song. MSU's Richard Davenport and Dean Jane Earley also attended.

In October 2006, David Geslin played the dedicatory recital on our new installation at Family of God Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

Also dedicated was our installation at Zion Church in Le Sueur, Minnesota. This 13 rank instrument was designed by Andreas. The September 2006 recital was played by Charles Parsons.

Andreas and Eva Hendrickson have a new son, Roy Hendrickson, born May 13, 2006 in St. Peter. Charles and Birgitta enjoy many visits with their new grandson, as their home is only one mile from Andreas and Eva's hobby farm. Little Roy has excellent lungs and musculature.

Our older son Eric has nearly completed the exterior restoration of his grand Victorian home in St. Peter. One of St. Peter's architectural and historic treasures, the house stands proudly only a half mile from ours. Its tower, porches, decorative touches and bright yellow and white paint scheme makes it a landmark.

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