Kids Build a Pipe Organ!
June 21 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PMFree
Friends of the Erben Organ is proud to participate in the World Make Music Day 2021 with a series of live in-person events! Kids in grades 1 to 8 are invited to build a real pipe organ with us in the courtyard of the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, and have a look at the historic 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ, a mechanical and musical marvel the size of a New York townhouse.
Space is limited — Registration required. Masks are required. In case of inclement weather, we will move the organ building workshop indoors.
Video: former participant in our summer music education program, Alyssa Cheatham, describes her experience listening to the 1868 Henry Erben pipe organ. In the background is the Orgelkids USA working pipe organ that Alyssa helped build. This tracker organ works on the same principle as the historic Erben organ, with mechanical connection between keys and pipes, and hand-pumped bellows.