ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH CELEBRATES THEIR NEW CUSTOM RODGERS INFINITY 484!
Congratulations to St. Paul Baptist Church, Charlotte on the installation of their new Rodgers Infinity 484 four manual organ. This stunning organ has a custom satin black finish, mechanical drawknobs and premium UHT solid wood keyboards. The organ was installed with a 20 channel audio system.
The custom console was installed with a 20 channel audio system and was previously the touring organ used by world famous concert artist Hector Olivera. It was also used by the Charlotte Symphony the week prior to installation with permission of St. Paul’s.
Elon Baldwin has been the Organist at St. Paul’s for 25 years. He was kind enough to spend some time with us for the purposes of this piece and to shed light on why St. Paul Baptist Church chose the prestigious Rodgers 484 Infinity Series organ.
ABOUT ST. PAUL BAPTIST CHURCH
“St. Paul Baptist Church was founded in 1900. We’re located in an urban residential setting, less than a mile from the heart of downtown Charlotte. Our campus consists of two (2) sanctuaries, an administrative building and gymnasium. The Rodgers Infinity 484 resides in our Main Sanctuary which seats 2,200 people. Our congregation is a thriving one, of 5,000 members. “
During its 117-year history, St Paul’s Baptist Church has been a leader in advocating for the city’s less fortunate. The church made space, for example, for a grassroots activist group called H.E.L.P., short for Help Empower Local People.
MUSIC DEPARTMENT AT ST. PAUL’S
“The Music Department of St. Paul Baptist Church consists of several choirs: Mass Choir (appx. 80 people), Male Chorus (appx. 60 people), an Adult Praise Ensemble, a Youth Praise Ensemble and a Children’s Choir. Pianists, percussionists and a brass ensemble accompany all choirs.
A diverse repertoire of music is ministered; Hymns, Anthems, Classical and Gospel. Currently, the Rodgers Infinity 484 is used for the Prelude, Hymns, Anthems, Classical Literature and the Postlude.”
THE RODGERS INFINITY SERIES ORGAN
“Playing the Rodgers Infinity is thrilling. It’s versatile, powerful and responsive. The classical organ samples are authentic in each genre. The orchestral side of the instrument is comprehensive and blends well with other instrumentation and vocals.
The response to the organ is ‘awe’ at the authentic pipe organ tone, and the sheer power and ability to ‘fill the room.’”