In January 2004, as part of an ever growing study abroad program at PLU,
organ students had the opportunity to visit historic instruments in the
Netherlands and Germany under the leadership of the University
Organist, Paul Tegels.
Most organs that were visited were built
by the 17th century north German builder Arp Schnitger. Organs and
churches visited in 2004 include the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam,
Laurentzkerk in Alkmaar, Martinikerk in Groningen, Walburgkerk in
Zutphen, Stevenskerk in Nijmegen, Ludgerikirche in Norden, Jacobikirche
in Hamburg, and an extended stay in Cappel, Germany, with access to the
Schnitger organ in the local church.
Similar trips were held in January of 2006 and 2008.
A short recital concluded their extended stays in Cappel; visits to some of the newer instruments in the Netherlands were added towards the end of the trip.