Church celebrates anniversary of pipe organ

A Front Royal church will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its pipe organ during services on Oct. 30.

Beverly Clark, music director of the Front Royal Presbyterian Church, said the organ was first used in worship on Oct. 6, 1996, and was dedicated in November of that same year, followed by an inaugural concert on Nov. 24, 1996.

She added that the organ was built at Schantz Organ Company, based in Orrville, Ohio, and has been used in the church every Sunday morning during worship.

The church will hold a celebration day on Oct. 30 in honor of the organ. The organ will be played during morning worship as well as during an afternoon concert at 4 p.m. She added that J. Thomas Mitts, director and associate professor of organ and church music at Shenandoah University, will play the church’s pipe organ during the concert. A reception will follow.

The church is located at 115 Luray Ave., Front Royal.

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