Andrew Schaeffer, Director of Music Ministries
Those of you with a keen sense of hearing may have noticed high-pitched bells ringing occasionally on hymns since Easter Sunday. No, you’re not just “hearing things” we do indeed have a new set of bells that sit in the organ chamber! This small device, called a Zimbelstern, (which is German for “bell-star”) has appeared on pipe organs since at least the 16th century. On elaborate, Baroque-period organ cases and fronts, Zimbelsterns were painted wood or metal “stars” with bells attached that would spin rapidly using air pressure. If you’ve never seen one before, check out this quick YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfZ0W8H65-k
Our new Zimbelstern was given by an anonymous donor in memory of Margaret Hamilton (a former organist of our church); and in honor of Elizabeth Farris (who was given the title “organist emeritus” upon her retirement for over 30 years of service to FUMC), and current parishioner, Karen Leonard. We give thanks to God for this delightful addition to our worship services and look forward to singing with it for years to come!