Organist Marcia Merry plays the 920-pipe organ at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg. It is the youngest pipe organ in town, installed 10 years ago. [Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now]
Musicians and music lovers will gather Sunday, Aug. 12, for a Pipe Organ Gala that celebrates the 10thanniversary of the installation of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church’s 920-pipe instrument.

Prominent organists Terry Sisk and Steven Cooksey will play and explain the pipes. They will be joined by a festival orchestra and singers, led by conductor Nancy Fox and violinist Nancy Shavin.

Holy Trinity’s organ is the youngest of the four pipe organs in Leesburg; the others are at the Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches in downtown Leesburg. The instrument was custom-built and donated by a Shenandoah Valley master craftsman at the age of 78 as a show of gratitude to God for his 60 years working in organs. Getting the pipes in place was a church-wide effort. Church members volunteered hundreds of hours to the project and, in 2008, thousands of dollars were raised for structural materials to accommodate the big pipe chambers.

The Aug. 12 gala includes organ solos, organ/instrument ensemble works by Mozart and Dvorak, an audience sing-along, and more than 20 instrumentalists. Music students are especially encouraged to take in this opportunity to meet musicians at the top of their industry.

The event begins at 4 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 605 W. Market St. A reception follows the program. The concert is free. Donations are welcome.

Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg is putting on an organ concert Sunday, Aug. 12. Seen here in this photo are the brand new set of pipes for their organ. (Photo by Douglas Graham/Loudoun Now)

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