Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Fundraising Underway For Pipe Organ Renovation

Officials at Tennessee Tech are hoping to raise some money this year to do what they are calling an "instrument renovation project" on the pipe organ in Wattenbarger auditorium.  The project as planned would allow the instrument to enjoy the benefits of 21st century technology while better expressing its music. Music professor Gerald Hansen says TTU's organ has great untapped potential. Some of the organ's immediate needs are physical adjustments that could be expected in an instrument that is a half-century old. Other aspects will incorporate modern digital technology to allow the sound of wind-driven music to soar from the pipes both visible and hidden. Structural updates along with other desired improvements to modernize the organ would cost nearly $100,000. So, for now, Hansen is trying to raise $6,000 from private individuals to correct what he and others see as the most pressing maintenance needs this year. He'll be conducting a pipe organ recital on January 17th to help publicize the need.  The recital is free and open to the public. To find out more about the fund-raising effort, contact Jim Brock at TTU at 372-3055.