Dobson Opus 41 moved to Indiana

December 14, 2021
Dobson Pipe Organ Builders Opus 41
Dobson Pipe Organ Builders Opus 41

Dobson Pipe Organ Builders, Lake City, Iowa, has moved its Opus 41, built in 1988 for Second Christian Reformed Church of Pella, Iowa, to Trinity English Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Sold by the Pella church when it resolved to construct a new building too small to accommodate it, the mechanical-action instrument was moved to Ft. Wayne by Dobson with the considerable assistance of Trinity Church’s volunteers.

The 17-rank organ is located in Krauss Chapel, a 100-seat space with a fine acoustic. To accommodate its new surroundings, the organ was tonally re-regulated, the former Swell doors were replaced with more conventional shades, and a new pediment was constructed for the top of the case to tie it visually to the room.

Nicole Keller, associate organist at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio, played identical back-to-back dedicatory recitals to capacity crowds on August 22, 2021.  Robert Hobby is Trinity Church’s director of music, and Evan Anderson is associate director of music.

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