Eastminster Presbyterian Church Presents Concert, Honors Long-Time Member    

(INDIALANTIC, FL)  January 7, 2019— A mechanical pipe organ built over a century ago now proudly swells in the sanctuary of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic. Installed in August 2018, the 1906 Kilgen tracker pipe organ will be dedicated in a free concert on Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 PM, to the memory of Lorraine Bemiss, a music teacher and pianist, who served at Eastminster beginning in 1957.  The antique instrument, with seven ranks, nine stops and ornate pipes, was rescued from the now closed Westminster Presbyterian Church in Casselberry, Florida and acquired with the help of the Bemiss Foundation. David Vogeding, Director of Music Emeritus for Eastminster Presbyterian, will be one of the featured organists to play during the dedication concert, along with organist Frank Voltz, a close friend of the Bemiss family. Voltz performed twice for President Ronald Reagan and is in demand as a featured performer on the organ and harp. The public is invited to a reception in the church hall immediately following the dedication concert. For more information, call 321-723-8371 or visit www.epcfl.org.

Eastminster Presbyterian Church Director of Music, Teresa Fleenor, explains more about the antique instrument being dedicated.

“The only electric parts are the blower and the lamp!” said Fleenor. “The organ originally used a manual bellows that able bodied young men and women would have operated to get air into the system. We are grateful to have saved this organ from obscurity and put it to use for the glory of God. We know that Lorraine Bemiss would have been delighted with the pipe organ; we are happy to dedicate it to service in her honor.”

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PHOTO ATTACHED –  Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic will dedicate its recently acquired 1906 pipe organ on January 20 at 3:00 PM. For more information, call 321-723-8371.  photo courtesy of eastminster presbyterian church

ABOUT DAVID VOGEDING – David Vogeding is a familiar face in the Central Florida music community. Mr. Vogeding obtained a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from West Virginia University and a Master of Music in Organ Performance from the University of Oklahoma. He has completed course work for his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting at the University of Oklahoma and has also completed several seasons of study at the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England. He served as Organist/Choirmaster for 20 years at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Missouri and has recently retired as the Director of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, where he served since 1992.  A member of the American Guild of Organists, he is also Director Emeritus of the Indialantic Chamber Singers, a vocal chamber ensemble he founded in 1999.

ABOUT FRANK VOLTZ – Frank Voltz is a multi-talented musician; a concert artist on piano, harp, and organ; an accomplished composer and arranger; and a highly respected clinician and teacher. Frank graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Piano Performance. He has been accompanist for numerous prestigious dance and ballet companies around the United States.  In addition to performing for President Ronald Reagan (twice), he continues to concertize and is in demand as an accompanist for nationally recognized vocalists throughout the country. Frank began playing the organ in church at age 11. He has performed organ recitals around the country and has recorded numerous CDs to his credit. In 2014, Frank presented a solo concert, “Christmas at the Coleman,” on harp, piano, and “The Mighty Wurlitzer” pipe organ (1928) at the Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma. More information about Frank Voltz is available on his website, www.FrankVoltz.com

ABOUT EASTMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH – Led by the Holy Spirit, Eastminster Presbyterian Church glorifies God by loving Christ and others in worship, word, and deed. Classic worship services are held each Sunday at 10:00 AM.  A contemporary Praise & Worship service is conducted Saturdays at 6:00 PM. Reverend Dr. Tim Rogers-Martin leads the congregation, with ministerial duties shared by Associate Pastor, Rev. Kristy Ray.  In 2017, Eastminster Presbyterian Church earned the Earth Care Congregation designation by pledging to care for the earth and creation through an ongoing educational and service initiative. More information about Eastminster Presbyterian Church at 106 N. Riverside Drive in Indialantic, Florida, 32903 may be found on their website at www.EPCfl.org or by calling 321-723-8371.