Photospread: Organist Pamela Harris

School of Journalism and Communication Professor Pamela Harris practices playing the organ before the morning church service starts. Each knob on the organ can be extended or retracted, and they control if a set of pipes play, with each set depicting either higher or
lower sounds. Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
School of Journalism and Communication Professor Pamela Harris practices playing the organ before the morning church service starts. Each knob on the organ can be extended or retracted, and they control if a set of pipes play, with each set depicting either higher or lower sounds. Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
Harris plays while I Cantori sings. Harris said it is a “rare treat” when she can play along with them. Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
Harris prepares for playing the organ at Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists. She has been playing since she was 12 years old. Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
On the edge of the organ there is a list containing presets for specific players. In addition to playing at Collegedale Church of Seventh-day Adventists, Harris also plays at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Ooltewah. Harris said, though the two organs are very different, this one allows her to create presets for various songs. Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
Harris plays the organ. As well as playing for church services, she plays for weddings, funerals and camp meetings. Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
Harris utilizes the foot pedals of the organ at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church. She said she prefers curved foot pedals over flat ones because it is easier for her to reach the edge notes. Sunday, January 23, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)
Harris plays during the service. “Playing the organ is, I feel, a spiritual gift that God has given me and helped me to develop and called me to use. I play to uplift the congregation, praise the Creator, and contribute to making the Gospel of Jesus come alive,” Harris said. Saturday, January 22, 2022. (Photo by: Xander Ordinola)

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