This year’s Chicago Organ Experience takes us to Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. We will begin the day on the University of Chicago campus with the Reneker organ, a 2m/23r baroque-style tracker organ in Joseph Bond Chapel. Then, we will walk one block east to Rockefeller Chapel, home of the magnificent 4m/132r E.M. Skinner, Op. 634, which has been hailed as one of the finest examples of 20th century romantic organ building in America. Our next stop is one block north at First Unitarian Church, which features a 3m/33r Skinner, Op. 810, as well as the church’s old organ, now located in the chapel, which is playable from the Skinner console. We will then have lunch at the fellowship hall of Augustana Lutheran Church. Following lunch, we will hear the 2m/20-stop Wahl tracker organ. Our final stop the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, where we will visit the Ruth and Paul Manz organ, a 2-manual, 31-rank tracker organ by M.L. Bigelow & Co.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
9:00 Bond Chapel, 1050 E 59th St
10:00 Rockefeller Chapel, 5850 S Woodlawn Ave
11:00 First Unitarian Church, 5650 S Woodlawn Ave
12:00 Lunch at Augustana Lutheran, 5500 S Woodlawn Ave
1:15 Augustana Lutheran, 5500 S Woodlawn Ave
2:30 Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, 1100 E 55th St
Please note that we will not be hiring a bus this year as all of the locations are within one mile of each other. The distance between each venue ranges from 0.1 to 0.3 mile, with a total of about 17 minutes of outdoor walking over the course of the day.
Click here to view the specifications of the organs on the tour.
Click here to see a map of the locations on the tour.
The deadline to order boxed lunches has passed, but you are welcome to bring your own lunch and join us.
If you have any questions, please contact Michael Soto at firstname.lastname@example.org.