The Chapel's Schantz pipe organ
Our Schantz pipe organ is a two-manual and pedal 18 stop, 21 rank instrument that was installed in January and February of 2017. The inaugural recital took place on March 7, 2017 by renowned concert organist, Chelsea Chen. On March 19, 2017, the organ was dedicated at the 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. services with the Siesta Key Chapel Choir, Cynthia Roberts-Greene, Music Director/Organist, and a brass quintet comprised of the principal brass of the Sarasota Orchestra.
The Schantz Organ Company, founded in 1873, is the largest and oldest American pipe organ builder still under management of the founding family. Combining his inventive skills with a love of music, A. J. Tschantz (which later became “Schantz) began building pipe organs, first for individual home use, then for churches.
Currently, the company is run by the fourth generation of the family. The Schantz Organ Company has been in the same facility since 1901, and many changes and additions have been made in order to accommodate the demands of more building, including a three-story assembly room in 1993. The company’s headquarters is in Orrville, Ohio.
For more information about the Schantz Organ Company, please visit www.schantzorgan.com.
To view a video documentary about the organ, please click here.
To review the organ specifications, please click here