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Garden City Community Church Forum- Music Minister, Frank Crosio Speaks

Music Minister, Frank Crosio demonstrates various hymns and songs on the Moller Organ at Garden City Community Church.
Music Minister, Frank Crosio demonstrates various hymns and songs on the Moller Organ at Garden City Community Church.
     The Sunday Forum at Garden City Community Church was filled with beautiful music on January 13th. Music Minister, Frank Crosio played the III/55 rank Möller Pipe Organ for 40 church members and friends and demonstrated various aspects of the magnificent wind instrument.

     Participants in the organ demonstration got to see and handle actual pipes in various sizes and shapes from a dismantled instrument and learn about how they were made.  They then listened to musical excerpts demonstrating the many different tonal colors of the various organ stops played separately and in combination from the softest sounds to the full organ. 

      The goal of the presentation was to enhance the listener's appreciation of the pipe organ and its music and to make their future listening experiences more enjoyable.

     The GCCC's Möller pipe organ was designed to lead congregational singing, to accompany choral pieces and for solo organ repertoire. The wonderful tonal design of the organ and bright, clean sanctuary acoustics allow music of all styles and historic periods to played well. The organ at GCCC can be heard each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Worship Service, and for special musical events throughout the year. The GCCC sanctuary is an ideal venue for recitals, concerts and weddings. 

      Mathias Peter Moller was an organ builder who was born in Denmark and started his organ building firm in Greencastle, Pennsylvania in 1875. Soon after the company relocated to Hagerstown, Maryland.  The company crafted and installed over 11,000 organs throughout  the world in its 117 years of operation.   The Garden City Community Church organ, completed in 1966, is Opus 10172 and was designed for the church by Dr. Robert Baker, who at the time was the Dean of the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary, and one of the most preeminent church musicians in America.  The organ contains almost 3,000 pipes - the largest being 16 feet in length and smallest the size of a pencil.
    
     In 2005, a mechanical restoration of the instrument was undertaken by the pipe organ restoration specialists at Foley-Baker, who also the restored the historic instruments at Boston Symphony Hall and the Chapel at Duke University. Crosio is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music and holds Colleague (CAGO) Associate (AAGO) and Fellow (FAGO) academic certificates from the American Guild of Organists and the Fellow’s Diploma in organ performance from Trinity College, London.

     The Committee for Christian Social Responsibility sponsors Sunday morning Forums at the church. These Forums are held in the Parlor each Sunday morning at 9:15 am and offer a wide range of topics to make the congregation aware of social justice issues within and around the community. Presentations are made by speakers on a wide variety of topics. Speakers have included politicians, social workers, theologians, attorneys, accountants, professors, visiting missionaries and many of the GCCC members who have special experiences or knowledge to share. Questions and discussion are encouraged.

     The Garden City Community Church is an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. Visitors and guests are always welcome. Please call 746-1700 e-mail ChurchOffice@GardenCityCommunityChurch.org or go to www.GardenCityCommunityChurch.org for more information.

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