Thomas Kenan, who also donated Opus 75 at the North Carolina School of the Arts, commissioned Opus 88 in honor of his father at the Woodberry Forest School where they had both been students. Mr. Kenan's long-term friendship with Charles Fisk and their mutual admiration made the planning and design of this organ a particular joy for both men, who shared a belief that academic settings were among the best for pipe organs.
Although relatively modest in size, the organ is versatile enough to play the great majority of the organ literature. The Great principal chorus, the backbone of the instrument, has a full round tone, to which the Cromorne adds fire. The Oberwerk, inspired by the work of Gottfried Silberman, is scaled and voiced to be a brighter accompanimental division. The Pedal, largely duplexed from the Great, includes the 16' Posaune, a German reed undergirding the entire organ.
Completed in 1986, the organ is located at the front of St. Andrew's Chapel, and is used regularly for weekly Sunday night Chapel services and for organ instruction and practice. The white painted case, accented with gray and gold leaf, is spare and subtle to complement the neo-classic building.