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Organ Screens are Installed!
July 1, 2020
Photos by Chuck Hanrahan and Sarah Brubaker
Here are a few screen grabs from the many virtual meetings we have had as a church during these isolating times.
The beautiful new organ screens are now fully fitted in the chancel. Documentation in the archives suggest that the organ grilles were part of the original church plans, but were likely cut and replaced with curtains due to cost.
By Chuck Hanrahan and David Strong
Our beautiful new organ screens were designed by John Page of Bero Architecture, in consultation with a group of Asbury First members. John has worked with Asbury First for many years on several church projects. The screens were carved and manufactured by Carver Creek Woodworks in Bloomfield, NY. The oak woodwork in our sanctuary served as the inspiration for the shape and color of the carvings. The cross-hatch portion is painted metal, and there is a black scrim behind that.
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Documentation in the archives suggest that organ grilles were part of the original church plans (as was air conditioning, among other items).
An extensive acoustical analysis was completed to ensure that the design and materials would not only meet our aesthetic requirements but, as importantly, would not have a negative impact on the sound of the organ.
The screens were created as individual units (each one is half of one organ archway), and delivered to our campus. The Carver Creek team constructed a scaffold on each side of the chancel, then attached an aluminum framework to the stone. After the old organ curtains were removed, the screens were lifted via scissors lift up to the scaffolding, and moved into place by hand. They were then attached to the frames. The process took one week on each side of the chancel. Replacing the curtains has been discussed for at least 30 years.
We are grateful for funding from anonymous donors and the Mary Swett bequest, which made it possible to finally realize our dream of having grille work cover the organ chambers.
Clockwise: The progression
of work on the installing the new organ grilles took two weeks.
Trey Thomas Alaimo
Fairport High School
Will attend Monroe Community College
Trey was an honor roll student through his high school years, and received a football scholar athlete award after one season on the varsity team this past fall.
Clark David Benham
Honeoye Fall Lima High School
Clark is pursuing a career as outdoor adventure sports instructor specializing in whitewater kayaking.
Currently works at Lock 32 Whitewater Park, 10-year member of 4-H and current Rush Fireman Explorers. Other activities include rock climbing, mountain biking and snowboarding.
The Allendale Columbia School
Will attend St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York in the Fall.
Three sport athlete at Allendale Columbia —soccer, basketball and track. Team captain of the soccer and basketball teams. Received the Robert J. Moore Excellence in Sports Award.
Fairport High School
Will attend SUNY Potsdam — Crane School of Music for Percussion Performance
The Harley School
Will attend University of Toronto, U.C., with a focus on humanities and global policy
White Key Award Winner (<100 hours of community service) and the foreign language scholarship, Capstone Project on Housing Policy in Rochester, NY.
Will attend Monroe Community College for my paramedic
And I have received a 3-season athlete trophy and the Harry Karpinski scholarship
Elias Alejandro Colon
Will attend Monroe Community College
Pittsford Sutherland High School
Will attend University of Dayton
Member of Business and Marketing Honor Society of New York State
Jack B. Taylor
Will attend Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston in the fall
Honors—Silent Knight Award, Excellence in Theatre Award, High Honors
Naples High School
Will attend Mount Holyoke College to study Politics and Gender Studies
Honors — National Honor Society
She was involved in Marching Band, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Choir, Treble Choir, school and church musicals, Class Officer and Student Council, Environmental Club.
Will attend Clarkson University for Computer Science
Will attend Keuka College for Childhood Education with Special Education and a concentration in ASL as well as play Women's Golf
St. John Fisher College
Masters Degree in Library Media
Honors: Distinguished Library Media Award for my program.
Plans: In the fall, I will begin my second
year as the teacher librarian at Ivan Green Primary School.
Major in music therapy and minor
Plans: An internship in music therapy
Roberts Wesleyan College
Honors: Magna Cum Laude, Global Honors Program
Plans: I’m still in contact in Skye Farm and might be able to join their staff this summer.
Megan A. Ormsbee
Degree in Anthropology and a Certificate
(or minor) in Vocal Performance
Plans: Megan will be focusing her energies
on finding a job in this crazy time.
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Spanish Literature and Language & Secondary Education
Plans: Teaching and completing a masters degree!
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Astronomy and Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Origins Sciences with a minor in Physics
Honors: Summa cum laude, completed Euroscholar program conducting research in astronomy lab in Munich
Plans: Luke will be an Americorps employee next year supporting science education and enrichment in Buffalo City schools. He plans to pursue a doctoral degree in Astronomy afterwards.
Penn State University
Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Biology and a minor in Spanish
Plans: In taking a gap year, I will be working to gain experience and make connections in preparing to apply for Physician Assistant (PA) school. My further plans include PA school in 2021.
Brooke Norine Weber
Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering
Plans: Working at Boeing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.