All Saints Episcopal Church
Custom Three Manual | French Terrace |
Founded in 1742, All Saints' is the oldest Episcopal parish in western Maryland. Parishioners of All Saints' have continually been the leaders in the community. Thomas Johnson, the first post-Colonial governor of Maryland, and Francis Scott Key, prominent attorney and author of the National Anthem, worshiped at All Saints'. In 1793, All Saints' was the site of the first confirmation of an American citizen, by Bishop Thomas John Claggett, the first Episcopal Bishop consecrated on American soil.
All Saints original 1929, 24 Rank Moller Pipe organ needed vast amounts of refurbishment, which the organ search committee, after long thought and proposals decided that even a repaired and re-voiced organ would still suffer from the problems associated with the location of the organ in the gallery, and the location of the AC condenser and the temperature variations would still be a problem.
With all this in mind, the committee landed on Allen Organ DC for their Custom Organ Project. The committee stated that Allen was better-sounding than competitors, the French Console is beautiful and will facilitate choir accompanying from the console, future parts availability, and the fact that Allen is a well-established, reputable company.
This organ was dedicated on March 26, 2017 by internationally recognized organist Paul Jacobs.