Christ Lutheran Church of Sterling Heights, Michigan decided a new digital organ was needed. My wife and I accepted the position of co-chairs for the project. It was generally felt we would need at least two years to amass outside our regular church budget the thousands of dollars needed. We contacted Evola Music and discussed our situation with Mr. Lance Luce, chairman of the Evola Organ Department.
I cannot over emphasize the significance of the aid and direction Lance gave our committee. His proposal was an Allen organ which we thought might be more of a cash challenge than our members could afford. Lance encouraged us to proceed with the Allen which he felt strongly was the model instrument we needed. We followed his advice.
Over the next six months, I was in contact with Lance again and again. He was prone to reply promptly to every question I presented and to suggest solutions which were instrumental in completing the funding. Our organ project began in December of 2007. With the help of Lance, we were funded sufficiently to place our order with Evola Music in April, 2008. The organ was installed during the month of August, 2008 - fully paid. This would have been impossible without the help and concern given us by Lance. I was deeply impressed when he came to the church and supervised the installation.
After installation, Lance personally presented an Organ Recital so as to demonstrate the many facets of our new Allen. He is an accomplished professional musician and our sanctuary was packed so as to enjoy his review. In all areas I would suggest that Lance's background and success with organ projects such as ours is 'in a class by itself'.
Dr. Robert E. Roddewig, PhD