|"The Renaissance Organ"|
|Clavier, a magazine for pianists & organists, Vol. 22, #2, February 1983 - Erwin Weber|
Music has been an important part of the curriculum at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois since the founding of the college by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1860. Recently, the college acquired a 704-pipe Renaissance-styled tracker organ. It is located in Ascension Chapel and is one of only three such instruments built in the 20th century. The others are located at Wellesley College in Massachusetts and Oberlin College in Ohio.
This article deals with the history of the organ builder, Gene Bedient, a native of Nebraska, and the unique instrument he built and installed in the chapel at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.