Upcoming Music Events at Shandon UMC
Solomon Eichner, pianist, will perform in our Sanctuary on Sunday, August 22, at 4:00 p.m. Solomon has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a concert pianist. He has studied piano at the Manhattan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory and the University of South Carolina. He will perform works by J. S. Bach, Chopin, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff. Everyone is invited to attend.
Owen Connolly, tenor, Bruce Isley, baritone, and Anna Flynn, soprano, will sing a program of Broadway songs and show tunes. The concert will be on the East Lawn, Sunday, October 10th at 6:00 p.m. Owen, Anna, and Bruce are Staff Singers at Shandon and sing in the Chancel Choir.
The Columbia Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Beth Myers will present a concert in our Sanctuary on Sunday, October 3rd at 5:00 p.m. The concert will include a vocal solo by the recent student winner of the Guthrie Darr Scholarship.
Felix Hell, organist, will present an organ recital in our Sanctuary on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Felix is one of the most sought-after organists in the world. He has been featured as a soloist in more than 1000 concerts throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. He has studied at the Julliard School in New York City, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. This concert is sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, the Columbia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Shandon UMC.
A Church Music Workshop, sponsored by the South Carolina Chapter of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, will be held on October 29 and 30th here at Shandon UMC. Dr. Dustin Ousley from the Sandlapper Singers and Felix Hell, concert organist, will be our guest music and worship leaders. You may register for the event at: southcarolinafellowship.org.
Hanging of the Greens Service, with the Celebration Choir and Wesley Ringers, Sunday, November 28, 8:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. services.
The Chancel Choir and Orchestra presents special Christmas music on Sunday, December 12 at the 8:45 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.
The Annual Christmas Benefit Concert, Eddie Huss and Friends, will be held on Sunday, December 19, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. An offering will be received for “Camp Kemo,” through Prisma Health Children’s Hospital here in Columbia.
Shandon Organ and Bells
Both the Sanctuary Pipe Organ and Tower Bells enhances the music at Shandon.
Shandon’s Carillon of Bells, located just under the steeple, was cast by the Paccard Bell Foundry in Annecy, France. The Foundry is world-known for the high quality of its bells, and more than 90,000 bells from this foundry ring worldwide. Shandon’s 24 bells were installed by the Christoph Bell Company in Charleston, SC and are played by a small keyboard. The bells ring the Westminster Chime on the hour throughout the day and remind us that God is always present.
Shandon’s Organ in the Sanctuary was designed and built by the M. P. Moller Organ Company in Hagerstown, MD in 1949 and was installed in 1950 with additions in 1976, 1994, and 2021. The combination of the organ’s rich musical tones and the Sanctuary’s acoustics creates beautiful, magnificent music for worship services, musical events and community concerts. The Moller Company, established in 1880, was the world’s largest and most widely known organ manufacturer.
In 2021, an antiphonal division of 427 pipes totaling 7 ranks was installed, playable from the original console located in the choir loft. Currently the organ contains 3872 pipes which includes pipes in the chancel area and pipes in the antiphonal division. On Sunday, April 18, 2021 we consecrated and celebrated the organ refurbishment with special music during our traditional worship services. We are very grateful to Mrs. Patricia Beckler for making the 2021 organ refurbishment project possible.