Gethsemane Luthean Church

715 Minnetonka Mills Road
Hopkins, MN 55343   

Builder: Reuter Organ Co. (Opus: 1429, 1963)
Grandall and Engen LLC, 2017
Manuals: 3
Ranks: 32 (48)
Action: Electro-pneumatic

--Information from Reuter Organ Co. Photo from the church website. Info from Mark Fideldy, organist.
-- Electrical system replaced in 2017 by Grandall and Engen LLC, with preparations for a Phase 2 (tonal completion).
Last Update: 9/2017

Original Reuter  
 8' Principal 61
 8' Bourdon 61
 4' Octave 61
 4' Spillflöte 61
 2' Fifteenth 61
IV Fourniture 244 (original pipes replaced)
16' Rohrquintaten 12
  8' Rohrflöte 61
  8' Salicional 61
  8' Gemshorn 61 (Choir)
  8' Gemshorn Celeste 49 (Choir)
  4' Principal 61
  4' Waldflöte 61
  2' Rohrflöte 24
III Plein Jeu 183
  8' Trompette 61
     32' Acoustic Bourdon
     16' Principal 32
     16' Bourdon 32
     16' Rohrquintaten (Sw)
       8' Octave 12
       8' Bourdon 12
       8' Rohrflte (Sw)
       8' Gemshorn (Ch)
5 1/3' Twelfth
       4' Super Octave 12
       4' Rohrflöte (Sw)
     16' Bombarde 32
       8' Bombarde 12
       4' Clarion 12
        8' Quintaten 61
        4' Kleingedackt 61 (wood)
        2' Principal  61
 1 1/3' Quinte 61
       II Sesquialtera 122
       II Zimbel
(Zimbel was reconstituted as a Blockwerk IV with old pipes from the Great Mixture. 4' comes in the tenor octave since there is no 4' principal.)
       8' Kummhorn 61
Grandall and Engen LLC 2017  
16' Violone (So)
8' Principal 61
8' Violone (So)
8' Harmonic Flute (So)
8' Bourdon 61
4' Octave 61
4' Spillflute 61
2' Fifteenth 61
1-1/3' Fourniture IV 244
8' Elander Trumpet (So)
SOLO ORGAN (prepared)
8' Harmonic Flute 61 (new)
8' Violone 61 (new)
8' Gemshorn 61 (original Choir pipes)
8' Gemshorn Celeste 49 (original)
4' Flute Octaviante 61 (new)
2-2/3' Cornet III (new)
2-2/3' Progressio II-V (old and new)
8' Elander Trumpet 61 (new)
16' Rohrquintaten 12
8' Rohrflute 61
8' Salicional 61
8' Voix Celeste TC (prepared) 49
4' Principal 61
4' Waldflute 61
2' Piccolo (prepared) 61
1-1/3' Plein Jeu III 183
16' Fagott (prepared) 12
8' Trompette 61
8' Oboe (prepared) 61
Unison Off
POSITIV ORGAN (changes prepared)
8' Gedeckt 61 (1-12 new)
4' Principal 61 (new)
4' Rohrflute 61 (new)
2' Octave 61
1-1/3' Quint 61
2-2/3' Sesquialtera II 122
2/3' Scharf III 183 (new)
8' Cromorne 61 (new)
Console is prepared for future Phase 2 tonal changes, including completion originally planned for the Swell (celeste, independent 2', reed at 16' and 8') plus entire Solo division, designed as an enhancement to the Great. The Positiv will also receive significant tonal changes. PEDAL ORGAN
32' Acoustic Bourdon
16' Principal
16' Bourdon
16' Rohrquintaten (Sw)
8' Octave
8' Violone (So)
8' Bourdon
8' Rohrflute (Sw)
4' Super Octave
4' Rohrflute (Sw)
16' Bombarde
16' Fagott (Sw)
8' Bombarde
8' Trumpet
4' Clarion
4' Oboe (Sw)
A tribute to Joan Elander (posted by jdledell on blog by Joe Gandelman)

I wrote this to honor Joan Elander on the 25th anniversary of her death May 6, 1993. She was tragically hit by car while on her regular morning jog. Even more tragically, the driver of the car was a 17 year old girl who was being allowed to drive to school for the first time. Two families devastated in one careless moment. The impact Joan had on my life is far greater than any relative or sibling and maybe even more than my parents. We all should remember the potential impact our words and actions can have, for better or worse, on the others in our life we meet and establish some sort of relationship. Even after more than 60 years, Joan’s words ring vividly true in my memory.

Joan was my primary piano teacher from age 7 to 17 when I went off to college. While Joan never went to a Conservatory or studied music in college, she was trained by her mother, a Jacobs School of Music graduate of Indiana University. During the years I took piano lessons from Joan, I was mostly an indifferent student. Sometimes a particular piece of music would light a little musical fire in me but it would quickly burn out. When I became a teenager, I graduated from an indifferent piano student to an argumentative, sassy and disrespectful piano student.

Joan never gave up on me regardless of my outbursts. Quietly and patiently she would get my attention back on the music at hand and we would proceed with the lessons. I had a big issue in my life that was interfering not only with piano lessons but all my relationships. I had polio when I was 2 years old and as a result of the ravages polio took on my body was disabled to extent that I could not do normal things like running or even walking far. I was extremely upset that I was not a “normal” kid who could play baseball.
As a result of wrestling with my feeling not normal, I would sometimes blow off my piano lesson on my way to her house, about ½ mile from where I lived in Minnetonka, Minnesota. I felt like I was the only boy student in the whole state who “had” to take piano lessons. All my friends thought piano was a girl thing. Many weeks I refused to practice and then would try to bluff my way through the lesson by sight reading.

One day when I was 13, in the middle of a lesson, I burst into tears. I started damning God for giving me polio. Joan took my hand and forced me to look directly at her face and eyes. She calmly told me – I have a gift that is much more valuable than any baseball player, even a major leaguer. For I will be able to play the piano well into my 70’s, long after baseball players have retired to sit in their rocking chairs. She taught me to live with what I was able to do and improve on that rather than worry about what I cannot do. I started to work much harder on my music with her weekly encouragement and listening to me when I had another pity potty moment.

One day when I was 14, I came to my lesson and Joan was at the piano playing the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata. I was awestruck – I had never in my life heard anything so beautiful. I begged her for the music but she felt I was not ready yet to play such a piece well. However, my begging finally broke her resistance and I left the lesson, music in hand. I probably spent 30 hours that week practicing the piece, trying to replicate how I heard Joan play it. I wanted to show her that she was wrong about me, I could play advanced piano pieces. At that week’s lesson, I sat down at the piano and proceeded to play the Moonlight for Joan. At the end of the piece both of us were in absolute tears.

She then gave me another important life lesson. Knowing my love for baseball, she told me that baseball players might excite people’s hearts with their play. However, a musician can excite a person’s very soul with their music. Music can reach so deep inside a person that it’s like being touched by God. That is what I should be doing with music in my life. She taught me how to get at the emotional core of a piece of music and communicate that emotional core to my audience. That is what makes music – MUSIC!

With these piano and life lessons I became a competent pianist. It was a mutual love of music that brought an attractive pianist to my attention that evolved into marriage, now 47 years long. She is my piano teacher partner in our studio. I have tried to emulate Joan in my own piano teaching – being encouraging, patient, a good ear, and instilling emotion in every piece of music my students play. My students know if they play and a tear rolls down my cheek, they have accomplished the most important goal of music – they have touched a soul.