Music has always been an important part of our worship experience at University Temple. We work hard to include different types of music in the worship service every Sunday, from the magnificent organ to mellow strings and gospel spirituals to traditional hymns.
The Chancel Choir offers uplifting and powerful music during the Sunday morning services. The Chancel Choir rehearses every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and they invite anyone interested to come and take part.
Our Handbell Choir rings a unique set of White Chapel bells – the only set quite like them in the Puget Sound area. They play in worship about once a month and rehearse every other Wednesday evening at 6:15pm. We welcome new bell ringers of any level who want to find creative musical ways to be in fellowship with God and each other.
ORGAN RESTORATION PROJECT
Our University Temple United Methodist Church pipe organ has served the church well since the installation of the original instrument in 1927 and its modernization in 1977. It has since been augmented and maintained by the church budget and the generous dedicated gifts of music supporters. Upon arrival as your new Organist in February 2016, I noted a number of reliability issues with the instrument, studied them, and with the support of our current organ maintenance firm have documented the problems. Portions of the instrument have recently been upgraded, such as the new keyboards installed in 2015. We have repaired as many issues as we could in 2016 using currently available funds. However, maintenance overall has not kept pace with the failure rate of various components, particularly leather in the windchests, console components, and the electrical switching system and wiring, some of which dates back to 1927.
The Sanctuary roof water leaks, now repaired, have caused failure of the plaster in the organ chambers and this has also damaged the instrument. The plaster itself has not yet been repaired as part of the roof project, and that repair requires removal and reinstallation of portions of the organ after the plaster repair. To repair the age related issues with the instrument and to remove and replace organ components so that the plaster over the chambers can be repaired under a building project, the UTUMC Board of Trustees has authorized an Organ Restoration project that is being announced this week. Details of this project, and the fundraising that is required to support it, are found in this presentation linked HERE.
Members and friends of the church are asked to study this presentation, talk to our Staff and Trustees, and then commit funds over the next few months to support the restoration planned for early 2017 so that the instrument can continue to provide Glory to God and to support our active music program.
Howard Wolvington, Organist, UTUMC