“Why preserve this glorious instrument? Because it is unique and irreplaceable…Listening to the transcendent sound of this 19th century American masterpiece will take us where we need to be.” —Martin Scorsese
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. We need your help to raise $2 million to keep this iconic national treasure alive.
Your financial support helps us fund the Erben’s restoration, as well as educational and performance programming for people of all ages.
A Community for Music and the Arts
The Friends of the Erben Organ (“FREO”) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and appreciation of the 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ and the 1859 Hall & Labagh pipe organ located in the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral, located in the NoLIta section of SoHo in Manhattan.
There are few places in New York City that can claim such a wonderful, deep history of music making. When the Cathedral was built, it was located amid woodlands and fields. In 1815, the city had the cultural sophistication of a small colonial outpost, lagging far behind other cities in America, and it struggled for an artistic position that matched its burgeoning commercial might.
(Cover photo: Kris Connor / Getty for NAMM) On June 21, 2019, Friends of the Erben Organ participated once again in Make Music Day, a world-wide music-making festival. The 1868 Henry Erben organ was the only… Read More
NBC’s Today Show – Third Hour aired on 5/13/2019 and featured Craig Melvin reporting from the Basilica. Craig learns what “pulling out all the stops” means, and gets to assist Basilica Organist and Music Director Jared… Read More
We are excited to share the link to the New York Times feature from the 4/18/2019 Arts section: “The Secrets of a Sacred Underground” by Helene Stapinski. Featured photo by Devin Yalkin for The New York… Read More
Private tours and organ demonstrations are offered to people of all ages. People from all over the world continue to discover and love the distinct American sound of the Erben. While Jared plays, you can step inside the instrument for a behind-the-scenes look at this 19th-century pneumatic computer in action!