The Mighty Wurlitzer was used as part of the accompanying musical combo consisting of bass, drums, piano, and synthesizer keyboards. Although the organ wasn't used for the entire New York State of Mind themed performance, it was a major crowd-pleaser in the choir's rendition of selections from the musicals Phantom of the Opera and Hamilton. The hip-hop-rap style selection from Hamilton was particularly popular with the estimated crowd of 600 and was repeated as an encore. Rap with theatre organ! Who'd have thought it?
Associate choir director Dr Craig Westendorf served as the organist for the event. Pete Knobloch and John Bittner were responsible for setting up and tending to the organ, which performed flawlessly.