More with Less: An Introduction to Fritts Organs Opus 46


7:00 pm-8:15 pm


Wesley Homes Gardens
815 S 216th St, Des Moines, WA, 98198, Seattle

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Fritts Organs Opus 46 is installed in the chapel of Wesley Des Moines, a retirement community located between Seattle and Tacoma.   The installation is remarkable for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that a retirement home chose to install a tracker organ in the gallery of a large chapel with a tall ceiling and excellent acoustics.  The organ has only 10 stops, yet its warm, robust sound fills the room.

Susan McConnell of Wesley Foundation will talk about how the organ came to be.  Paul Fritts (of Fritts Organs), David Dahl (Professor Emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University) and Thomas Clark (organist at Wesley Homes), and Erik McLeod from the Fritts Shop will discuss the organ–how it came to be in this space, the disposition, voicing, and relationship to the room. Learn about sand-casting, pipe composition, wood working and finishing.  David and Tom will talk about how to make the most of the available stops in literature and hymn playing with musical demonstrations.

A panel discussion with all of the presenters will conclude this meeting during which the audience may ask questions.

This program is a joint meeting of the Tacoma and Seattle chapters.

Wesley Homes requires that all visitors be fully vaccinated, without exception.  Masks covering the nose and mouth are required at all times.

This event is open to members of the Seattle and Tacoma AGO chapters who have registered to attend.  Regrettably, the meeting is not open to the public.

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