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Cornell Baroque Organ

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Burning the rack to seal pipe from moisture

Giving to the Organ Project

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 cherubMcGrain, 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.

Pedal Stop - One pedal stop for the organ has not yet been completed.

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 necessity.

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.