Music

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Westminster Music
A spectrum of music from traditional to contemporary

Welcome to the Westminster music community! You are invited to participate in the inspiring music programs at historic Westminster. We welcome everyone from amateur to professional.

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Our Music Tradition

For 150 years, Westminster has distinguished itself with high-quality music, musicians, and musical instruments. When many churches had only a piano or reed organ, Westminster’s first church building (completed in about 1866 and located at 6th & L Streets in downtown Sacramento) had a small, hand-pumped pipe organ.

The second home of Westminster Presbyterian Church (completed in about 1904 and located at 13th & K Streets) had a larger pipe organ with impressive façade pipes.

The current home of Westminster (completed in 1927 and located at 13th & N Streets across from Capitol Park) was originally equipped with a 28-rank Reuter pipe organ.  In 1979 a new console was installed, and in 1983 a major expansion was completed by the M. P. Möller Organ Company to include a total of five divisions: great, swell, choir, positiv, echo.  More recent additions include: 8′ state trumpet, 32′ contra bourdon, 32′ contra bombarde, new swell reeds, and a new pipework in the echo organ division.  This majestic and mighty pipe organ now has 55 ranks of pipes with more than 3000 total pipes from the size of a pencil to more than 16 feet in height.

As Westminster enters it’s 150th year, exciting plans are evolving to continue our tradition of musical excellence and service to the greater Sacramento community. (See photos of our recently installed 26″ church bell.) You are invited to celebrate the joy with us!

For more information, contact Brad Slocum.

 

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