Summerall Chapel Organ Restoration Fund

The rebuilt organ will resemble this restoration by Cornel Zimmer installed at Statesboro First United Methodist Church in Georgia

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 March 2014:

$100,000 committed in cash and pledges.

THANK YOU to all who have donated to this project! We recognize you in the donor honor roll below.


If you would like to be a part of this worthwhile and important project, please contact Laura Jordan at The Citadel Foundation, or (843) 953-9078 or Mackay Salley, at 336-317-2275 or

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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 $1,500,000):

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: $485,000 to provide for Enclosures, Trompette Militarie and Antiphonal Casework (exposed pipework) as well as a maintenance endowment to ensure upkeep and use of the organ in perpetuity.

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.

Chapel Organ Timeline:

  • 1936: Summerall Chapel was built and a 34-rank pipe organ was designed to be worthy of the magnificent construction of our chapel.
  • 1949: Six ranks of pipes were added to the organ.
  • 1960: A new four-manual console was built.
  • 1965: Retaining thirty-six of the existing ranks, 28 new ranks of pipes were added, making the organ complete with 64 total ranks.
  • 1985: This magnificent organ that lasted about 50 years last played in 1985. Funds were not available to restore the pipe organ, so the decision was made to purchase an electronic organ until funds could be raised. That electronic organ is now in need of replacement.
  • 2005 - present: An effort has been underway to restore the pipe organ to its original grandeur.
Honor Roll of Donors
Primary Addressee
Mr. Dan P. Allen
LTC and Mrs. James M. Allen
Col. and Mrs. Jerris C. Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. W. Harold Arnold, Jr.
Ms. Sara J. Bagen
Mr. and Mrs. Dale C. Barnes
Mr. and Mrs. Walter T. Barron, Jr.
Mr. Erwin H. Baumer
COL and Mrs. Mark A. Bebensee
Mr. James L. Bell
COL and Mrs. Jeffrey C. Benton
Mr. and Mrs. John M. Berry
LTC Samuel W. Booher, USA, Ret.
BG and Mrs. Ernest D. Brockman, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. George W. Brodt
CAPT and Mrs. Terence H. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. H. Walter Carmony
Mr. and Mrs. Lambert E. Chandler, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. David T. Childress, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Eric C. Clark, III
Mrs. Lynn M. Clark
Mr. and Mrs. Willis W. Clark, III
Ms. Adele R. Cleveland
Ms. Jean G. Cobb and Mr. Lawrence E. Gross
CDR and Mrs. David J. Coisson
Ms. Judith A. Coogan
Mrs. Betty K. Cooley
Mr. and Mrs. Ross M. Cowan
Rev. and Mrs. William K. Cross, III
Mr. and Mrs. Fred P. Culbreth, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Logan P. Daigle
Mrs. Caroline C. Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Davis
Mr. and Mrs. Albert F. DiMillio
Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Dunagan
Mr. and Mrs. James M. Herritage
COL and Mrs. Robert H. Elliott, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. James O. Evans
Ms. Synthia G. Fain
Mr. Matthew R. Fann
Lt Col and Mrs. Robert W. Ferguson, Jr.
COL and Mrs. William F. Fischer
Mr. and Mrs. William W. Ford, Jr.
LTC and Mrs. Terry R. Fowler
Mr. Guy W. Freeman
Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Fulmer
CAPT and Mrs. Jeffrey E. Gabor
Ms. Beatrice T. Garner
Mr. M. Dean Gibboney
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Godwin
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