Organ Concert Series
St. Anne’s is home to the Homer Meade Rankin Memorial Organ Concert Series.
Made possible by an endowment of the Chambers Family Fund, through the generosity of Merle and Evelyn Chambers, this stellar series provides regular concerts at St. Anne’s by acclaimed organists from across the nation. The series is dedicated to the memory of Homer Meade Rankin, beloved Tifton philanthropist and longtime churchman of St. Anne’s.
Concerts are typically held in January of each year. They are open to the public, free of charge.
- 2015: Jonathan Hehn, OSL, Minister of Music & Worship Arts, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Tampa, FL [recording]
- 2014: Robert McCormick, Director of Music, St. Paul’s K Street, Washington D.C.
- 2004: Larry Smith, Professor of Organ, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
- 2000: Norman Mackenzie, Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
- 1999: Timothy Hall, Organist-Choirmaster, Christ Church Episcopal, Savannah, GA
- 1998: Richard Morris, Artist-in-Residence for Spivey Hall, Atlanta, GA
The Chambers Memorial Organ
The Chambers Memorial Organ was dedicated on October 9, 1995 to the glory of God and in thanksgiving for the life of Jerry G. Chambers, father of Merle, husband of Evelyn, and a much loved relative of Homer Rankin, to whom he was like a brother and father.
The organ was designed by the world renowned organ building firm, Casavant Frères Limitee of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada. Casavant organs are known for quality of workmanship and tonal sophistication, and the company is one of the oldest and most highly regarded organ builders in the world.
The organ for St. Anne’s Church is the firm’s Opus 3734 and was conceived to provide maximum flexibility in accompanying the music of the liturgy and for playing the great works of the organ repertoire. This organ differs from many of the other instruments built by casavant in that the reeds of the organ are of English design and on higher wind pressures, producing a strong fundamental tone, a characteristic making them highly suitable for accompanying a choir. Of additional interest are the two percussion stops, the Zimbelstern and the Chimes, as well as the eminent solo reed stop, the tuba, which is on high wind pressure and is used to great effect for fanfares and solo lines.
The console is a low profile design and is made of precious woods, including rosewood and mahogany, stained to match the interior woodwork of the sanctuary. The keyboard naturals are finished in bone.
Recordings of the Chambers Memorial Organ have been featured on Georgia Public Broadcasting and American Public Media, including the national organ program Pipedreams®.