Carl Gravender’s Retirement

Plymouth Church,

I am writing to announce my plans to retire on September 1, 2022. I began my tenure as Organist at Plymouth Church on August 15, 1992 and will celebrate my 30th anniversary this year. In June 2021, I marked 50 years of continuously holding a church organist position, accepting my first position the Sunday after graduating from eighth grade.

During my time at Plymouth there have been hundreds of weddings and memorial services, many recitals and choir tours (more than 50 tours over the course of my career), and countless rehearsals and services. There has also been much work in the care of both the organ and pianos. We rebuilt both of our Steinway pianos; one from 1887 and just recently, the one from 1984. I redesigned our Casavant organ twice in my time; the latest work being the partial completion of the Antiphonal addition.

As I step into retirement, I plan to relocate to Clearwater, Florida for warm days on the beach. I also hope to play some recitals along the way. I wish Plymouth well in the future and am glad to help in any way possible during the transition to the next organist. There are many excellent young organists today and I am sure that one of them will be coming here to lend their talents to Plymouth’s future.

Carl R. Gravander, Jr., Organist