Concert Series

The unmistakable sounds of America’s largest Kimball Pipe Organ will come to life during the 38th annual Union Sunday School Concert Series this summer in Clermont.
The concert series kicks off June 24 with a performance by Brian Williams of Rochester, Minn., who has been director of music and arts at Rochester's Episcopal Church for 21 years. He also is the dean of the Southeast Minnesota Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and a founding board member of the Minnesota Episcopal Youth Arts Council.
Here is the full lineup for the series: 
    June 24: Brian Williams of Rochester, Minn. 
July 29: Glenn Henricksen of Armstrong, Iowa
Aug. 26: Sally and Glen Boie, and Ruth Schlatter, all of Hawkeye, Iowa; and Bonnie Loomis of Greene, Iowa
Sept. 30: Pablo Gorin of Moline, Illinois
Oct. 28: Ross Jallo of Iowa City

While the concert series features highly trained musicians who perform a wide range of compositions, the Kimball Pipe Organ is the star of the show. 
With 1,554 pipes – some as tall as 16 feet – people not only hear its notes, they feel them. Purchased by former Iowa Gov. William Larrabee as a gift to his daughter, Anna, in 1896, it was later gifted to the city of Clermont.
Encased in a walnut cabinet, the instrument was hand-pumped until 1910, when an electric blower was installed. The organ was restored in 1979 and rededicated on Oct. 19, 1980, which marked the beginning of the annual recital series. The organ was most recently restored in 2010 by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders of Lake City, Iowa.
If you go:

What: Union Sunday School Concert Series.
Where: Union Sunday Schoo, 406 Larrabee St., in Clermont.
When: Recitals begin at 2:30 p.m. and are followed by a free tea at the nearby Clermont Opera House where audience members can meet and visit with the musicians.
Admission: Free and open to the public.

The recital series is sponsored by the Clermont Historical Society, the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Iowa Arts Council. The Union Sunday School is part of the Montauk Historic Site, one of eight historic sites overseen by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs. More information is available at
The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and its three divisions – the Iowa Arts Council, State Historical Society of Iowa, and Produce Iowa, the state office of media production – empower Iowa to build and sustain culturally vibrant communities by connecting Iowans to the people, places and points of pride that define our state. The department’s work enables Iowa to be recognized as a state that fosters creativity and serves as a catalyst for innovation where the stories of Iowa are preserved and communicated to connect past, present and future generations.