The Music Ministry of the East Side Lutheran Church is led by Organist Paul Griffith and Dr. Thomas Krause, Director of Music.

East Side Lutheran Church Hand Bells


The Celebration Ringers meet September through May every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. You must be able to read music. If you are interested, please call us at 605-336-3597 or click here.

East Side Lutheran Church Adult Choir

Adult Choir

(Due to Covid-19 the choir has not started up) The Adult Choir meets September through May. We meet every Wednesday at 6:45 pm. During Advent and Lent the choir meets at 7:45 pm. If you love to sing and are interested in joining, please call the church at 605-336-3597 or click here.

King's Choir

The King's Choir (Children's Choir) meets September through May on Sunday mornings at 9:00 am. If your child is interested in singing, just show up for practice downstairs! If you have questions please call 605-336-3597 or click here.

The Schantz Organ

On April 29, 1956 the congregation voted to sign a contract with the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio for a three manual organ of 30 ranks (sets of pipes). The organ was fully installed in July, 1956. At that time, the organ’s tonal design was relatively new to this area, representing developments resulting from the magnificent 17th and 18th century organs of Middle Europe. Its tone is classified as American Classic, possessing the better features of both the Baroque and Romantic designs. The organ was designed to be brilliant and clean cut in tone quality and texture, but capable of softness and mellowness. There are some colorful solo stops, but even they were chosen to fit into a well-blended ensemble. The organ was dedicated at a special service and recital on October 27, 1957.

In 2004, the sound of the organ was updated with added pipes by Charles Hendrickson. The organ was enlarged from 30 to 35 ranks and a total of 1900 pipes. These new pipes add projection and presence of sound through powerful reed voices; the largest being the 16′ wood reed pipes and 16′ metal Principal pipes located facing the congregation in front of the enclosed organ chambers. The console was improved with all new solid state equipment and is movable around the chancel platform for convenience and flexibility. The console also contains MIDI and a sequencer for record/playback.

Rededication Recital

On September 19th, 2004 the refurbished organ was featured at a rededication recital. Click on the View Dedication button to read the program designed by Linda Hoeck and Kathy Rustwick, and created by Panther Graphics.

Current Organ Specifications

29 Stops, 35 Ranks, 1900 Pipes

Pommer: 16
Principal: 8
Bourdon: 8
Octave: 4
Twelfth: 2 2/3
Fifteenth Fourniture IV: 2
Trumpet: 8
Horizontal Trumpet (prep) Tremolo: 8
Great to Great: 16
Swell to Great: 16
Swell to Great: 8
Swell to Great: 4
Choir to Great: 16
Choir to Great: 8
Choir to Great: 4

Gedackt: 8
Dulciana Unda Maris tc: 8
Koppelflote: 4
Nazard: 2 2/3
Spitzflote: 2
Tierce: 1 3/5
Cromorne Remolo: 8
Choir to Choir: 16
Choir Unison: Off
Choir to Choir: 4
Swell to Choir: 16
Swell to Choir: 8
Swell to Choir: 4

Rohrbourdon: 16
Rohrflote: 8
Viole: 8
Viole Celeste: 8
Principal: 4
Flute Harmonic: 4
Piccolo Plein Jeu III
Ranks: 2
Bass Clarinet: 16
Trompette: 8
Hautbois Tremolo: 4
Swell to Swell: 16
Swell to Unison: Off
Swell to Swell: 4

Resultant F: 32
Resultant P: 32
Principal: 16
Subbass: 16
Rohrbourdon: 16
Octave: 8
Bourdon: 8
Rohrflote: 8
Choral Bass Rauschquinte IV: 4
Posaune: 16
Bass Clarinet: 16
Trumpet: 8
Hautbois: 4
Great to Pedal: 8
Great to Pedal: 4
Swell to Pedal: 8
Swell to Pedal: 4
Choir to Pedal: 8
Choir to Pedal: 4

East Side Lutheran Church Organists


Paul R. Griffith


Laurene Hochhalter Olesen


Mrs. John Devick
David Beyer


Marie Lykken


Warren Shoberg
Marie Christopherson


David K. Blanchar

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