Richard D'Amore, Associate Director of Music & Parish Organist

Words are difficult to find to express our admiration and complete satisfaction with the sounds that this magnificent organ produces. The organ has elicited raves from the local organ community and anyone who has experienced it including Ken Cowan, Gordon Turk, Eric Knapp and Joanne Rodland.

First and foremost is the ingenuity of the design. A rather modest instrument of three manuals, thirty-one ranks, it truly rivals organs of twice the resources. When Ken Cowan, who gave the dedicatory concert, was told the number of ranks, he replied well it certainly doesn't know it, does it? The voicing is unparalleled in its evenness and beauty of tone. The softest sounds melt in the air (Gordon Turk said he coveted the Flute Celeste) while the triumphant reeds fill the space without overpowering. It is rare that the smaller reeds such as the Oboe and Clarinet can be used so effectively in the ensemble. In addition, the visual design is stunning with the cases being remarkable in their beauty. Perhaps most importantly, it looks like it has been an integral part of the church since its inception. The instrument blends with the interior design of the church in a way that could not have been imagined. It truly enhances the interior of the church and pulls together all of the elements into a truly cohesive whole. The craftsmanship seen in the various components is impeccable. Our local organ technicians constantly comment on the workmanship of the wood finishing and the pipework.

One of the main features of the organ is the complete flexibility that the instrument affords the organist. The inclusion of the Solo third manual, which is drawn from the Great and Swell, provides unlimited possibilities. For example, the ability to play the Great Trumpet on all three manuals enables a wide variety of accompaniment. One is able to play the Great Trumpet on the Solo manual and accompany it on either the Great or the Swell. This manual has been a godsend in registering the various types of music that is used in our church.

The organ does all that it was meant to do. It leads the congregation without pulling out all the stops building to a gradual crescendo when appropriate. I can honestly say that the congregational singing has improved. The way it supports the choir is truly amazing and solo voices are caressed. The effect is likened to a pearl on velvet. It is able to play the entire organ literature in a truly convincing fashion. From Pre-Bach to the twentieth century the organist is able to find some registration that will fit the period.

More than this, one cannot ask. The congregation, music staff, choirs and visitors are totally taken with this remarkable instrument. It has proven to be a work of art whose sole purpose is the honor and glory of God. We thank you and your staff for giving us an instrument that will be cherished for generations to come.

Sincerely, Richard A. D'Amore
Associate Director of Music/Organist
St. Gabriel the Archangel Church
Saddle River, NJ

Nathan Laube, Concert Artist

(After performing in concert at St. John the Baptist Church in Canton, Ohio)

"I can't tell you what a privilege is was for me to make music on your exquisite instrument at St. John's in Canton! This is a truly remarkable, sensitive, even poetic instrument - one that at no time was not a complete joy to get to know! Congratulations!"

Dr. Douglas Moorehead, Organist, Christ Church, Eureka, CA

"I am most impressed by your ability through your voicing to give a seamless buildup from the quietest sounds to full organ. Also, with only 31 ranks to work with, the interplay among the different stops is amazing: everything seems to work with everything else!.......Your company did a magnificent job of matching the organ casework to our pre-existing old growth redwood color and patterning in the chancel area. It does indeed look like the organ was always there! The woodwork is of the highest quality, and the materials used were likewise. We appreciated your meticulous attention to detail, even down to the fine chest and inner chamber work which no one will even see. Even I can find my way around to various pipes, given your clear labeling and intelligent layout of pipes in the two chambers...........You have been very generous to us in financial terms also. Despite the economic downturn and huge increases in transportation costs, you held to the original terms of the contract and never spoke about any contingency costs. In fact, you even gave us an additional rank which was not even mentioned in the contract: the Swell 4' string stop. You also finished slightly ahead of your projected timetable. This was a huge benefit to Christ Church.............Thank you so much for all your work, and please convey my thanks and great appreciation to your employees; they have all done superlative work on our organ!"

Jonathan Ambrosino, organ critic, reviewing the Texas A&M organ for Choir & Organ magazine

"Some organbuilders set trends where others follow. But some builders don't seem to pay much attention to that sort of thing, instead working out personal solutions to musical beliefs and building organs as a result. Charles Kegg seems to fit this mold, for while his approach could be considered mainstream, it is no less personal for being so..... (Concerning borrowing,)divisions are divisions and stops are stops, and any extensions should be viewed solely as a convenience, almost as stop-specific couplers. One senses that in all but Kegg's smallest organs, removing the extension would still yield a responsible core ensemble....Many modern organs start out with engaging color, only to conclude at a plain, almost predictable ensemble... The reverse can be found here, where the calm start has a more dramatic and textured conclusion, in an organ finished to a clear plan and with evident care."

Fred Swann, Concert Artist

"...you have no superiors in the business, and precious few equals..."

Jim Gladden, Organ Committee Chair, First United Methodist Church, Winnsboro, SC

".....It is truly a pleasure to work with such perfectionists as yourselves. .....The Kegg organ has exceeded our expectations...... The congregation is singing with gusto and the choir has achieved a higher level of musical performance and confidence...."

Robert Sullivan, Organist and Director of Music/Liturgy, St. John the Baptist Church, Canton, OH

"...The rich sound constantly reminds me of an English Cathedral organ which is EXACTLY what I wanted......The balance, warmth of the tone and splendor of sound is breathtaking! I love this organ!..... I have been overwhelmed and pleased by the reaction of our parishioners. They are very proud of our new organ, and constantly tell me how much they appreciate the many different sounds they hear during their weekly worship.....Thank you for guiding our Organ Committee through this monumental journey..."

Norma Orr, Organ Committee Chair, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winfield, KS

"...Your integrity, expertise and experience along with your ability to work well with our congregation has made the organ project extremely enjoyable and rewarding..."

Dr. Edwin Rieke, Director of Music, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, San Antonio, TX, new console

"Just to let you know once again (hope you are not tiring of the praise!) how thrilled I am with the console. It is a joy to play, from the keyboards, the pedal board, and everything being where you expect it to be. Needless to say, the workmanship is flawless.....I also appreciate the timeliness with which the installation took place. I can't believe we were only without the organ one Sunday......Thanks again for everything.

Dr. Ray Keck, President, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX

"Like a birth in the family, a new organ fills the community with expectation, optimism, and joy. Today, like a family grateful for a trouble-free birth, we recognize that this project was from the first somehow marvelously blessed to be in the hands of Kegg Pipe Organ Builders. "I will be in Laredo on April 24, 2006. The organ will be done by late June,' Charles Kegg promised the anxious organ committee in the fall of 2003. And it was. Voicing is rich and full, a strategy to exploit the marvelous acoustics in the hall. Visually, the organ is nothing short of spectacular."

Dr. David Heller, Trinity University, San Antonio, TX, consultant for Texas A&M University, Laredo, TX

"...After careful study and analysis of the proposals submitted, TAMIU awarded the contract to Kegg Pipe Organ Builders of Ohio because of the firm's innovative tonal design, the manner in which the proposal met our criteria, and the potential impact that such an instrument would have on the public. The end result has surpassed our expectations!.....As an artist, I can honestly state that this organ is one of the most flexible and musically satisfying instruments I have ever played. Each stop carries its weight, and each stop does what the drawknob tells you. The balance between the divisions is so finely honed that one can select registrations with complete ease. It was a joy to conceive and put together an inaugural recital that combined the works of Hancock, Bach, Franck, Duruflé, and Phillips with more non-traditional repertoire by Lefébure-Wely, Ramón Noble, and Edward Elgar. And if all of that were not enough, the design of the console and the operating system for the combination action (one of the most user friendly systems I have seen to date) made the entire experience of recital preparation and performance a breeze...."