Manz Organ Sale

Manz Organ from the front

In November 2004, LSTC’s Augustana Chapel became the home of the first Bigelow organ in the Chicagoland area. Named in honor of the late and legendary Professor Emeriti Paul Manz and his wife Ruth, for nearly two decades, the Ruth & Paul Manz Organ has served as an instrument of praise for the LSTC community.

Now, as we enter Phase 4 of our campus relocation plan, nearing the close of the sale of our campus and soon to announce our new relocation site in Hyde Park, we must also begin the search for a new home for our beloved organ.

If you know of an individual or faith community interested in purchasing the organ, will you share this webpage? Because time is of the essence, potential buyers must make their final offer by January 15, 2023. For questions related to the organ sale, please email marcomm@lstc.edu with the email subject line “Manz Organ Sale”.


March 23, 2004

Onsite inspection by Bigelow & Company Organ Builders

April 22, 2004

Organ Builders Report on Preparations for the new organ

May 22, 2004

Open house for Opus 31 by the organ builders at their shop in American Fork, Utah

June 16-July 30, 2004

Organ Installed at LSTC and is partially playable

August 17-August 27, 2004

Mike Bigelow and David Chamberlain complete the final voicing of the organ. The organ is completed, and the organ keys are turned over to LSTC

October 7, 2004

The organ is officially completed

November 4-7, 2004

Dedication of the Ruth & Paul Manz Organ


The Paul Manz organ recital series are usually on the 1st Tuesday of each month from September through May from 12:15-12:45. Contact keith.hampton@lstc.edu for more information.

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