The rebuilt organ will resemble this restoration by Cornel Zimmer installed at Statesboro First United Methodist Church in Georgia
"I remember the sounds of the organ in that magnificent structure, sounds only a pipe organ can deliver, and I look forward to hearing them again. This organ restoration project will complement the other efforts underway to memorialize those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to our country." - Mackay Salley '63
Fundraising Results as of 10/31/13:
$85,500 committed in cash and pledges.
THANK YOU to all who have donated to this project! We recognize you in the donor honor roll below.
Let’s do the Math!
If 5,000 alumni give just $200 each, we can complete the project and build a pipe organ that will last for years to come. As a result, The Citadel will be recognized for having one of the finest organs in the country.
If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile and important project, please contact Laura Jordan at The Citadel Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 953-9078 or Mackay Salley, at 336-317-2275 or GMSalley@yadtel.net
History and Costs:
In 2004, and again in 2011, several organ companies were interviewed, and one in particular stood out based on the company’s interest in the Summerall Chapel organ and on comparable organs it has built and rebuilt. The company selected, Cornell Zimmer Organ Builders, is located in North Carolina, who have an excellent reputation for their organs and for their service after installation. After making several visits to Charleston, Mr. Zimmer determined that about half of the existing pipes could be rebuilt. Preserving existing pipes is important not only to keep restoration costs down, but also because some of the pipes were given as memorials for alumni and friends of The Citadel.
The company gave the committee a plan to accomplish the total restoration of the organ in three phases (The cost for the complete rebuild would be $1,400,000):
Phase 1: $500,000 to provide a complete console for the total restoration project along with enough pipes for two of the four keyboards.
Phase 2: $515,000 to provide for Wind chests/Pipe Drivers, Blower Rebuild and Winding System
Phase 3: 385,000 to provide for Enclosures, Trompette Militarie and Antiphonal Casework (exposed pipework)
There is no question that the chapel is in need of a replacement organ. For some churches, an electronic organ is the logical choice. However, the Summerall Chapel is an ideal environment both visually and acoustically to have a superior organ that will be recognized throughout the country. The many programs at The Citadel, such as our chapel services, weddings, the extremely popular Cadet Christmas Candlelight program, class reunion services, and Spoleto Festival programs, deserve the best our college has to offer. Many of our cadets currently go off-campus for religious services, but knowing that the chapel has a beautifully restored organ that will be widely recognized throughout the country should encourage our students to stay on campus to worship.