Music plays a vital role in our worship experience and Augustana has a long tradition of quality music. Bible verses set to music often find a lifelong place in one’s memory. When we sing these words together as part of a faith community in worship, we feel connected to each other and to God.
Our traditional worship is enriched by four vocal choirs, two handbell choirs, and our Glatter-Gotz/Rosales pipe organ. Our Celebration Service features praise music led by the Celebration band.
Glatter- Götz /Rosales Organ
Augustana’s pipe organ was installed in 2005. The design and building of the organ was a collaboration of several experts:
- Builders: Caspar von Glatter-Götz with Stefan Sturzer, Germany
- Tonal designer and voicer: Manuel Rosales, Los Angeles, CA
- Case designer: Graham Tristram, Scotland
- Acoustical work in the sanctuary: Dana Kirkegaard, Chicago, IL
These individuals have worked together on organ projects in the U.S, Europe, Scotland, Russia, and Norway. The large organ in the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is a collaboration between Glatter-Götz and Rosales. The Augustana organ is their first instrument in the Midwest. Augustana’s organ is a large two-manual instrument with 39 stops, mechanical key action, and electric stop action, with a state-of-the-art memory system.