FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary dedicated the new organ in its J. W. MacGorman Chapel, Dec. 1. The organ was built by the Allen Organ Company, one of the largest builders of church organs in the world.
Jerry Aultman, chapel organist and professor of music theory at Southwestern Seminary, expressed his excitement that the new chapel has an organ of its “size and versatility.” With four manuals (that is, keyboards) and 30 ranks of wind-blown pipes, as well as digital enhancement, the organ will support the seminary’s choral and instrumental ensembles and a large congregation of worshippers.
“I am thrilled that Southwestern has installed a wonderful new instrument in the MacGorman Chapel,” Stephen Johnson, dean of the School of Church Music, said. “This will be a powerful augmentation to the singing in our chapel services and our many special events and concerts. I am grateful that Dr. and Mrs. Patterson had the vision to ensure that this organ will be a special feature to our new landmark in Fort Worth.”
The Allen Organ Company has posted two videos describing some of the unique features of the seminary’s new organ. To watch these videos, visit the following link on the Allen Organ Company’s website: www.allenorgan.com/www/video/index.html