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‘…Talented and well-known’

By Staff | Dec 15, 2017

Bonnie Remmick/PCT Pam Anderson plays the organ at First Lutheran Church in Rugby. Anderson has played at the church since 1975 and has also played for various area events.

Pam Anderson currently plays a Rodgers Artist organ for services at Rugby’s First Lutheran Church. She has played there since 1975 for services, weddings, funerals and special occasions.

Anderson also contributes her talents to the Village Arts community productions, such as “My Fair Lady” and other musicals. The Village Arts is the community productions of various plays and events to raise money for the arts in Pierce County.

Anderson has been playing music in Rugby since the late ’60s. She attended college at Minot State where she took several courses in piano. Originally, she learned “at the knee of her grandmother”, she said. She played for hours with her grandmother on their piano as a child. The organ became her dream, and she started playing at Bethany Lutheran in Rugby. Later she married her husband, David, and together they began going to First Lutheran Church as a family with his mother.

The Andersons have had three children, and two grandchildren while in Rugby. Mike Pretzer, a pastor at First Lutheran said, ” The congregation here at First Lutheran is very happy to have Pam as their organist.”

This past weekend, Cheryl Holm played the piano at the Rugby Eagles, where Pam had played also. The event was to raise funds for the Prairie Village Museum. Holm said “It was such an honor to play at an event with Pam Anderson who is so talented and well known.”

Last year when First Lutheran began looking for a new organ, Pam helped with the selection. The church eventually went with a selection from Grafton, with a Rodgers ‘Artist’ model which is in the church today. Early this fall the church held a musical presentation where Anderson played for the entire community, and it was well received by many as it was broadcasted by the local radio station.

“I was happy to do it,” Pam said. “It’s a privilege to play such a wonderful sounding organ.”

When asked how long she intended to keep playing at church, events, weddings and funerals, she said “I am going to play as long as I can.”

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