Saint Peter’s Church is the proud custodian of several important instruments, including two organs and five pianos, as well as drum sets and amplifiers for just about any type of guitar or bass. All these in their own way help lead the community’s singing, and are also in near continuous use for concerts.
Johannes Klais Orgelbau of Bonn, Germany, has installed one organ in the Sanctuary and another in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. The two-manual Sanctuary organ dates from 1977. The portatif organ in the Chapel was given to Saint Peter’s Church in 2001. It can be moved to the Sanctuary or elsewhere when a small continuo organ is needed.
Among the five pianos at Saint Peter’s Church, special attention should be paid to the Billy Strayhorn Steinway baby grand. It was bequeathed to the congregation by that great pianist’s estate in 1967 and is a living witness to the ongoing vitality of jazz at Saint Peter’s Church. Recently restored, it is housed in the Living Room of Saint Peter’s Church and is used regularly at meetings of the Duke Ellington Society.