Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101

view of organ and entire loft





Musical Notes from Tyler

Dear friends,

As I sit here writing this article, I am preparing to take off for a week to teach at the Pipe Organ Encounter Plus in Rockford, Illinois. I will have returned by the time you see this article.

When I was a teenager, I attended several Pipe Organ Encounters. They were great – you get to be around other kids your age who are interested in the same thing as you, learn from great faculty members, see different pipe organs, and the list goes on! I will be teaching at the Pipe Organ Encounter Plus, which is designed for adults. I enjoy seeing the look on the students’ faces; they are there because they want to be, and they soak up every second of the entire week. I have taught at a few other Pipe Organ Encounter Pluses and have had students ranging from in their thirties to their eighties. It is never too late to try something. If you have always been interested in learning an instrument or how to sing, give it a try. It’s not too late!

The Summer Choir has been singing the month of June. We will continue to sing through July. There is still room in the loft for you! Join us at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday to learn the music for worship. We are a friendly group and welcome more singers. July 15 is Market Square Day at the Senators Game. The choir is going to sing our National Anthem. We have some of our regular singers who will be out of town. We need your help! If you would be willing to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with us, please contact me immediately. We will meet on Sundays July 1, July 8 and July 15 for a few minutes during the 10:00 a.m. rehearsal. We will be memorizing the four-part arrangement. Dress code will be Khakis or Navy blue pants and a red, white, or blue shirt. I hope all of you who sing will join us.

In August, the choir will take a month off from singing. We have a combination of guests and members who will provide the anthem and offertory for our morning services. The choir will return on Genesis Sunday!.

Peace and love,


Organ Renovation Committee

The work of the organ renovation committee is in early stages.  We have met with two organ builders and are currently waiting for one or two more to submit proposals.  Several of us recently visited a Presbyterian church in Frederick to do a little fieldwork involving a Moller organ that had recently been substantially rebuilt by one of the companies we’re looking at. We are considering whether to have an acoustician give us some advice on acoustical changes that might enhance congregational singing, projection of the choir, better acoustical conditions for the singers themselves, etc. which would need to go to the Trustees for approval.

Committee members are drawn from the Session, Trustees, and the congregation at large. They are Bill Murray and Gwen Lehman (Trustees); Ron Poorman, Dave Lehman, and Ellen Hunt (Session); and John Robinson and John Taylor (congregation at large). Both Tyler Canonico and Ellen Hunt provide staff and professional leadership.

Gwen and Dave Lehman