For many years, members of St. Luke’s were aware that despite St. Luke’s excellent visual and functional attributes for Episcopal liturgy, the worship space did not have the resonance and sound clarity that help create inspiring worship.
In 2015, with guidance from Riedel & Associates, St. Luke’s embarked on the Worship Enhancement Project, a major program to enhance its worship environment through acoustical improvements and the acquisition of an organ appropriate to the space. Acoustical renovations included removing all carpet, adding a rigid and sound reflective ceiling, changing the reflective properties of interior brick walls and creating a new, sound-efficient organ chamber. In June, 2016, an outstanding 1990 Moller pipe organ located by organ consultant Scott Riedel was acquired from Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida, renovated, and relocated to St. Luke’s.
The Worship Enhancement Project has created a new resource for its congregation and the larger Durham community. The 8,000 square foot worship space can seat approximately 300 people in a flexible configuration that includes a mobile organ console, room for more than forty choir members, and a multipurpose central dais. St. Luke’s encourages use of its space for community purposes.
For more pictures and updates on the project, view our Facebook photo album dedicated to this project.