1937 pipe organ being played as community event in Rupert

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RUPERT, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) A Rupert woman is determined to keep the art of organ playing alive.

The Rupert United Methodist Church purchased a pipe organ in December of 1937 and it's still used today.

Judy Graham-Barnes is a professional organist and wanted to incorporate a community event and organ music. It is held at the Methodist Church, but people of all denominations are encouraged to attend with a brown-bag lunch for something to do, while sharing enjoyment for organ music.

"There are a lot fewer organists now than there used to be. There is a huge need for organists. And we are almost a lost...lost breed out there, you know?" Graham-Barnes said.

Graham-Barnes is hoping that the event will spark the interest of others to learn the pipe organ so it's legacy will continue. The event will happen every other Tuesday from 12-1 p.m. starting Oct. 17 and running through May. Guest musicians will be featured on occasion.

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