The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Pacific Grove was organized as a congregation on April 22, 1894. It is an historic church serving the greater Monterey area.
On August 30, 2017 Robert Tall & Associates, Inc. with the expert help of Robert Knight, Knight Pipe Organ Company, Ramona, California, assisted by Tom Nooneman, local Rodgers technician, installed a new 2-manual Rodgers Classic Series 579 digital organ, replacing the old and faithful Baldwin that served the church for many years, but slowly failed to function. Maintenance was not only a major cost issue, but reliability became a real problem and it grew to become increasingly unreliable.
This was an important installation for Robert Tall personally. Not only is it an active congregation of fine Christians meeting in an historic edifice, John Shykun, organist and Robert Tall have enjoyed an admirable association in music for many years and have both been instrumental in the develop of digital systems as we know them today.
John Shykun is one of the founding fathers of the electronic keyboard, having worked on the ground floor of synthesizer development with Arp, CBS-Rhodes, Kurzweil, Ensoniq and General Music. He brings an impressive level of dedication and professionalism to church musicianship. A former keyboardist for Neil Diamond, John is an outstanding improvisational player with a seemingly unlimited repertoire of classical and modern Christian music.
Congratulations to the church members for supplying this master musician with an instrument worthy of his talent!
Message from John Shykun,
Christian Church Pacific Grove
September 4, 2017
Just wanted to let you know that the new baby was officially welcomed into our sanctuary with a special blessing ceremony, and a very “organcentric” service. The congregation was quite enthusiastic and delivered a standing ovation after the Postlude. I just want to thank you again for your professionalism, guidance and thoughtfulness through the process. I think we both can agree that this normally painstakingly slow and difficult journey went rather smoothly and quickly this time.
Again, my personal thanks to you for all you do so well and I am pleased that we have chosen wisely in working with Rodgers and the superb instruments they create. I'm so glad to be back in
the 21st century and feel excited and invigorated to begin my exploration of this wonderful new "toy".