Cavaillé-Coll in Ithaca

September 16–18, 2016
St. Luke Lutheran Church
109 Oak Avenue
Ithaca, New York i4850 USA

~ Dedication Festival for the Juget-Sinclair Opus 45 French Romantic Organ at St. Luke Lutheran Church ~

St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ithaca, NY will be dedicating their new French Romantic organ with a weekend festival September 16-18, 2016. Built by Juget-Sinclair Organbuilders of Montreal, the organ replicates the sound and console design of a late nineteenth century Cavaillé-Coll organ as closely as possible: all mechanical key and stop action, console measurements based on an 1890 console, and pipe construction matching the master’s originals.

The weekend opens with a gala recital by French organist Michel Bouvard on Friday night. Bouvard will offer a masterclass on repertoire on Saturday, followed by an improvisation class with William Porter. In the evening, organists David Higgs, Anne Laver, Annette Richards, Jonathan Schakel, and Jeffrey Snedeker will partner with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble and others in a program of vocal and instrumental collaborations. Sunday morning’s service will feature the St. Luke choir in Vierne’s Messe Solennelle.

For more information and to reserve free tickets for the evening concerts, please email

Event parking and/or concert shuttle: Street parking is free after 6pm Friday and all day Saturday, but can be difficult to locate. This map shows some other options, such as the Collegetown garage (highlighted in yellow), not free but just around two corners, and a small Cornell lot across the Trolley [foot] Bridge, that is open after hours. If you are driving someone with mobility issues, please feel free to pull into the driveway just uphill of the church to drop them off.

St.Luke will also run their shuttle service, which is a bright yellow Gadabout bus, from 6-8pm Friday and 7-8 Saturday, and at the conclusion of both concerts. To use this, park in the lot at 140 Maple Ave. (see "S" on the map.)

This celebration is sponsored by the Friends of Music at St. Luke, the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies, and the Cornell University Department of Music.


Friday, September 16th

6:30 pm

Pre-concert Talk: The Journey to this Organ and an Introduction to It
Erik Kibelsbeck, Director of Music, with Juget-Sinclair Organbuilders

8:00 pm

Dedication Recital
Michel Bouvard, organ

Music of Mendelssohn, Alain, Duruflé, Vierne, Franck, Jean Bouvard, and Dupré.
This concert is free but tickets are required. To reserve, email:

Saturday, September 17th

10:00 am-1:00 pm

Performance Masterclass with Michel Bouvard
Student performers Julia Tucker, playing the Andante sostenuto movement from Widor's Symphonie Gothique,
and Chang Jong Lee, with Adagio from Vierne's Symphony no. 3 in F-sharp Minor.

2:30-4:30 pm

Improvisation with Modes of Limited Transposition: an Introduction
Masterclass with William Porter
Student performers from the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, and Cornell University.

8:00 pm

Concert: The Organ in Collaboration with Instruments and Voices
Performances by organists David Higgs, Anne Laver, Annette Richards, Jonathan Schakel, and Jeffrey Snedeker, with the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble conducted by Carl Johengen, soprano Megan Sharpe, cellist Rosemary Elliot, flutist Elizabeth Shuhan, and the St. Luke Brass.

Works by Saint-Saëns, Vierne, Poulenc, Alain, Duruflé, and Gigout.
This concert is free but tickets are required. To reserve, email:

Sunday, September 18th

10:45 am

Festival Service of Holy Communion
Service: Messe Solennelle, op.16 by Louis Vierne
Sung by the St. Luke Choir conducted by Erik Kibelsbeck, with organist Jeffrey Snedeker.
Guest organist Barbara Adler will play music by César Franck for prelude and offertory.