Organ Historical Society

Michigan Chapter


Minutes of the October 18, 2008 Meeting



The console was moved to the center aisle for the meeting demonstration. (LISTEN)


David Hufford shows off the painstakingly refurbished console to Ken Holden and Ed Price..


The group gathers around as Jim Wilkes takes a turn at the console. .


Jim wilkes watches as David Hufford shows the console electronics.


Ken Holden, MaryAnn Balduf and Ed Price marvel at the sound in the chancel.


Clarifying a point are, from left, Ed Price, Kevin Wright, Ken Holden and Jim Wilkes.



MaryAnn Balduf takes her turn at the console.


David Hufford stashes cabling prior to moving the console to its Sunday location.


Chapter President Carl Balduf called the October 18, 2008 meeting of the Michigan Chapter of the Organ Historical Society to order at 9:50 a.m. at Angelica Lutheran Church in Allen Park, Michigan.


Present were Chapter members Carl Balduf, MaryAnn Balduf, Ken Holden, Dana Hull, Ed Price and Jim Wilkes, plus guests Edna Higgison, Mildred Malcolm, Lorraine Rupp and Kevin Wright. The meeting host was David Hufford, Angelica Lutheran Church Organist and co-owner of the Renaissance Pipe Organ Company of Ann Arbor. Ms. Rupp supervised a table chock full of goodies for the chapter members and guests.


The meeting began with Balduf's request for approval of the minutes of the September 13, 2008 meeting as posted on the Web site and provided in printed form at the meeting. Approval was moved and seconded. The motion carried.


Balduf then stated that the Treasurer's Report was not available. It has subsequently been received and is available below.


Old Business


Balduf reminded the group that Chapter dues are now payable for 2008-2009. The dues are $15 (still $5 for students). Dues should be mailed to:


Diane Hiltner, Membership Chairman

3457 Gettysburg Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48105-1504


Balduf also reminded the meeting that National Brochures were available for those wishing to join the National O.H.S. organization.


New Business


Balduf reported that Brooks Grantier and Trevor Dodd have suggested that they host a meeting in Albion and Marshall, Michigan in the spring. The organs would include two Moller organs:

Trinity Episcopal in Marshall is a III/37 of 1949/1961, by John Schleigh, done in Whitelegg style, with Schleigh's overlay of the American Classic vogue.

Albion College is the IV/80 (1958), in the Ernest White style.

The meeting would be followed by luncheon at Schulerís restaurant in Marshall.


The consensus of the group was that this is an excellent idea and directed that it be added to the venues for Spring of 2009.


There being no further new business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:15 a.m.


David Hufford then introduced the Angelica Lutheran Church organ, Casavant Opus 2123, restored and enlarged by Mr. Hufford. He provided photos and a narrative history of the organ since its installation in 1952 and his subsequent work on the instrument since 1999. Hufford then provided a demonstration of the instrument, showing the original stops and the subsequent enlargement. An open console period then followed. All who played and heard the instrument marveled at its versatility, clarity and lovely sound. (LISTEN)


Following the meeting, members of the group adjourned to nearby Angelinas Mexican Restaurent for excellent authentic Mexican cuisine.


Respectfully submitted,


Carl Balduf



David Hufford brings the group up to date about the restoration and enlargement of the Casavant Opus 2123.



The chimes were separated and placed on either side of the rear stained glass window.



Ken Holden observes as David Hufford and Kevin Wright complete the relocation of the console to its Sunday service location.



Lunch at the Angelinas Mexican restaurent, from left, MaryAnn Balduf, David Hufford, Carl Balduf, Ed Price and Dana Hull.



Organ Historical Society

Michigan Chapter


Treasurer's Report


March 29, 2008


Opening balance as of September 9, 2008-------------- $952.83

Receipts (Dues)-------------------------------------------------- 115.00



Contribution to the Detroit Theater Organ Society---- (50.00)

Refund of dues overpayment to Trevor Dodd---------- (5.00)

Postage reimbursement to Diane Hiltner------------------ (5.68)


Closing Balance as of October 17, 2008--------------- $1007.15


Respectfully submitted,


/s/ Terry Jankowski