Cornell’s baroque pipe organ is a masterpiece of successful research
and craftsmanship, but despite its stunning beauty the project is not
quite complete. Some components that remain unfinished include:
Sculptures – All the great baroque organs had figural sculptures on them. Todd McGrain,
an artist and professor here at Cornell, has already imagined some
beautiful sculptural designs for Cornell’s baroque organ. (See Sculpture: The Finishing Touch for Cornell’s Organ)
Climate Control – An instrument like Cornell’s baroque organ is vulnerable to climate changes. The tuning is affected by changes in heat and the wood is affected if the air gets too dry. Anabel Taylor Chapel is not air
conditioned and is not well insulated. Cornell researchers are seeking
ways to imaginatively mitigate the worst of the climate effects.
Maintenance Fund – Cornell’s baroque organ is expected to still be playing hundreds of years from now, so that an appropriate maintenance fund is a
Organ Programs – Cornell’s baroque organ is a world-class instrument and deserves world-class use. The hope is that organists from around the world can be brought to Cornell to play the organ and to offer master classes.
See Giving to the Organ Project for more information.