Rodgers Infiniti 484
Our church acquired a Rodgers Infiniti 484 in the fall of 2018, with the opening concert taking place in October of that year.
Thirty years ago, the church purchased a Rodgers 890 with eight ranks of pipes. This instrument was showing its age in many ways. After thirty years any organ will need repairs or an upgrade. We chose an upgrade.
This instrument is a hybrid, which means that the backbone of the organ chorus is composed of fine pipework, displayed on both sides of the chancel. To house a pipe organ of adequate size for our music program, we would have had to enlarge the church into the parking lot to have enough space for all the pipework needed. That would cause special problems inside and outside of the church as well as tremendous expense just for the added building. And we would not have had nearly enough space to match the digital effects that we now have.
The digital organ has many advantages, both in expense and size. Rodgers has recorded the finest pipes all over the world and put them together to enhance the existing pipework. A full pipe organ would have several sets of pipes 32’ in length. We don’t have room for that but the digital sounds provide plenty of high quality bass as well as variety and tonal enhancements from other digitized stops. We have over six hundred digital options as well as the eight ranks of pipework from the previous organ. We have the largest organ for many miles and the most colorful by far.
How can you tell which is pipe and which is digital? Really, you can’t. The only way to know for sure if it’s a pipe stop is to push the “pipes off” stop. If the note stops, its pipe. If it continues to sing, it’s a fine digital sample!
This instrument has become well loved by the congregation and community. The organ participates in leading worship and provides colorful preludes and powerful postludes which are enjoyed by many who stay after the service. The organ is also used in concert with other instruments and in solo recitals which receive critical acclaim by other organists and musicians who hear the organ live streamed.
This instrument has far exceeded our expectations, we invite you to come and hear it in person or come to play it by appointment.
A Bit About Keith
Keith Rasmussen was born and raised in Wisconsin. He began piano lessons at age six and studied piano and organ in high school. Keith attended Andrews University in Berrien Springs Michigan where he studied Organ Performance with Dr. C. Warren Becker, earning BMus and MMus degrees. Later, he attended the Eastman School of Music where he pursued the DMA with Dr. David Craighead.
Mr. Rasmussen spent eighteen years at Kingsway College where he toured extensively with the Kingsway College Symphonic Choir, taught piano and organ and then computer science. He also served the College Park Church and Simcoe Street United. Leaving Oshawa, he moved to Belleville, Ontario; where he was Director of Music, led the concert series, and conducted the community chorus.
Keith returned to the USA in 2001, moving to Statesville, North Carolina; where he was the first full time Director of Music. He has served the eleven congregations and seven denominations
Currently, he serves the Sun City Center United Methodist Church as Associate Director of Worship Arts and organist. Keith travels around the state doing organ consulting, training, recitals, and tonal finishing on Rodgers organs. His favorite topics are helping pianists play the organ and know which stops to choose! He lives in Ruskin and is the proud father of Joanne, Janelle, and Gabriel.