Little Cedar's Hendrickson Organ

Little Cedar's Hendrickson Organ
The Hendrickson pipe organ in Little Cedar Lutheran Church was originally a mechanical (tracker) action instrument of 11 stops and 15 ranks, totaling 760 pipes. There was space for five additional ranks of pipes. It was custom-designed and constructed specifically to compliment the architecture and acoustics of the Little Cedar sanctuary, created to match the worship service music needs of the church.

It was first assembled in the St. Peter factory of the Hendrickson Company, tested and played, taken apart, delivered, and then put together again.

The organ case and the wood pipes are made of Minnesota-grown red oak which has been finished to match the church interior. The organ keys are covered with bone and ebony, and the pedal keys are covered with hard maple. The stopknobs are turned rosewood.

The pipes in the organ are made from aluminum as well as mixtures of tin and lead. A few interior pipes are made of copper. These pipes are the only part of the organ not made in the Hendrickson plant in St. Peter. They were imported from Germany.

The organ is operated mechanically, with various connections from the organ keyboards to the air valves in the windchests. The stopaction drawknobs (to the left of the keyboards) are directly connected to the movable stop sliders on the organ windchests. Only the small blower and the lights inside the organ are operated electrically.

The organ was built in the Hendrickson shops in St. Peter, Minnesota by Robert Weller, Robert Werner, Kevin Chesney, Tim Nuessmeier, John Albright, Robert Hervey, Curtis Redning, and Eric Hendrickson. Assisting in the construction were Andreas Hendrickson, Michael Fienen, and Charles Eggert.

The organ is arranged with keyboards, pedalboard and stopaction at the lower front center. Directly above the keyboards are the movable shutters of the swell division, which is played from the top keyboard. Above left and right sides of the case are the largest visible pipes of the organ, which are played by the feet from the pedalboard. Except for the organ blower, which is located in the tower behind the organ, all of the pipes and mechanism are within the visible oak case; a self-contained, free-standing pipe organ.

The organ was opus #72 for the Hendrickson firm. It was dedicated on October 29, 1989 at a special ceremony which featured music played by David B. Moklebust who was the Director of Music at Roseville Lutheran Church of Roseville, Minnesota.

Other music at the dedication included Psalm 150 sung by the Little Cedar Senior Choir. The music for the piece was composed and arranged by a member of the congregation and choir, Laurence Nerison.

Since the dedication, three more ranks of pipes have been added, bringing the total of pipes to 1,002. Also added was a set of 25 Peterson chimes playable from the organ on a separate keyboard.