HELP ENSURE THE RESTORATION OF:
         SKINNER ORGAN OPUS 637
AN HISTORIC PIPE ORGAN LOCATED AT COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL, MAPLEWOOD NJ
The CHS Organ Fund is applying for a grant to restore Columbia's Historic Pipe Organ.

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    Who we are:
NOTHING The CHS Organ Fund Committee was formed to raise funds for both the restoration of Skinner Organ Company Opus 637 to its original condition, and to ensure continued maintenance. The vast majority of the cost will come from a single grant, but a local fundraising will be necessary.

The committee is made up of alumni, teachers, and administrators of Columbia High School of South Orange and Maplewood, NJ. The committee is completely dedicated to a conservation-based approach in returning this instrument to functional condition.  

    About the Organ:
NOTHING Opus 637 is a three manual, twenty seven stop, twenty four rank pipe organ. The instrument was contructed by the preeminent builder of the early 20th century, Ernest M. Skinner.

As an unmodified Skinner, the Organ Historical Society has found Opus 637 to be an historic instrument worthy of preservation. The Citation Committee of the society awarded Citation #372 on November 11, 2008. This award was presented to the district by Research Curator Emeritus of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Laurence Libin.

While all Skinner organs are special, this instrument straddles both the symphonic and American Classic organ building styles. Built over the summer and fall of 1927, this organ falls into the "early honeymoon" period when the influence of Henry Willis III and G. Donald Harrison was still welcomed by Ernest M. Skinner. The few remaining organs from this period are often considered to be the finest of Mr. Skinner's long career.  

    Fundraising Goal:
NOTHING Our goal is to raise sufficient funding to not only restore Skinner Organ Opus 637, but also ensure proper, continued maintenance going forward.

Rough estimates place the cost of restoration around $400,000 and annual maintenance of approximately $10,000. (Restored, the replacement value of the organ is approximately $1,000,000)

  While most of this cost will likely be borne by a grant making foundation, local community support will be required. Tax dollars will not be requested for the restoration of this organ.

 

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