Church showcases new organ pipes that took years to refurbish, cost $120,000

Church members previously requested for the south wall to be improved five years ago

MADISON, Wis.– The Midvale Community Lutheran Church held a celebratory concert for its pipe organ renewal Sunday evening.

Five years ago, the church established a South Wall Task Force in response to a number of member requests to improve the plain south wall following remodeling in 2010. After a year of exploring a number of different options to improve the wall, the task force decided on an arrangement of exposed organ pipes that would be functional and complementary to the choir performers who sit in front of the wall.

After years of financial planning, the total cost of the organ renewal project was just under $120,000. Allen Moe of Moe Pipe Organ Company in Wadena, Minnesota refurbished the organ pipes.

The organ pipes are about 33 years old and are 16 feet tall.

Ted Reinke is the organist who played at Sunday’s concert. Reinke earned music degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and University of Wisconsin, Madison. Reinke has been a Madison area church musician for nearly 50 years and currently serves as an organist at St. Luke’s Lutheran in Middleton.

Hundreds showed up to the concert on Sunday to enjoy the sounds of the newly refurbished organ pipes, knowing they will be able to enjoy it for years to come.