Project Statement

A Wondrous Gift is Given:

A new home for the Möller

Opus 8128 at Church of the Holy Trinity

*from O Little Town of Bethlehem, written by Rev. Phillips Brooks, second Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity: “How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given, so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.”

Project statement:

The Church of the Holy Trinity was designed to make sound come alive. From the thunderous abolitionist sermons of Phillips Brooks, writer of the hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” to today’s choral church services and community concerts, we are known for rich musicality, bold social statements, and joyous community gatherings. Our church is now growing our musical gifts to the community by giving a second chance to one of the finest organs in the City of Philadelphia.

The organ, Möller Opus 8128, was endangered when the new owners of First Baptist Church decided to remove the instrument. Through the vision of a local philanthropist with a love of the organ as deep as ours, Holy Trinity emerged as a new home for this incomparable instrument. Initial supporters believe, as do we, that the Möller organ will greatly enhance music for both church services and community groups presenting concerts at Holy Trinity. The history and quality of the instrument will promote expanded relationships with our neighbor, the Curtis Institute, and with the large professional musical community in Philadelphia.

What is special about this Möller organ?

How will this organ sound?

How will the organ enrich life at Holy Trinity and in our surrounding community?