The Mary Pappert School of Music is home to a custom-built organ constructed by M.P. Möller. Many of the organ’s parts, including its leathers, are original to the organ, have been in use for 56 years, and are now in disrepair. In addition, the wind chests have not had much repair since being installed in 1967. An initial assessment of the instrument indicates need for the following repairs:
- Remove all wind chest pouch boards and reservoirs
- Strip deteriorated pouch leathers and replace with new chrome tanned leathers and valves
- Strip and releather all chest primaries
- Strip and releather all reservoirs, repairing hinges and cracks where needed
- Reinstall and test all components
- Repair wind leaks in windlines, and replace as necessary
For the 2024 Duquesne Day of Giving, we ask that you consider supporting these repairs by designating your gift to the Dean’s Discretionary Fund (School of Music - Greatest Needs). Every dollar helps, and students for decades to come will be able to study on a fantastic instrument.
In addition to this project, you can also choose to designate all or part of your gift to any one of the following funds:
- Audio Engineering Society: Typically, students in the Audio Engineering Society benefit from donations to assist with funding to attend the annual AES and NAMM conferences.
- City Music Center: Funds raised for CMC will benefit students (where possible) through individual musical instruction, group classes, workshops, recitals, and concert performances, as well as summer camps packed with music-making activities and performance opportunities.
- Institute of Entertainment, Music, and Media Arts: Gifts made to IEMMA will be used to bring world famous guest artists and lecturers to campus to supplement our students’ education with real-world experience.
- Music on the Bluff Series: Gifts made to this series ensure that we can continue to present the highest caliber performers and performances for this highly successful chamber music series.
- Music Therapy Endowed Fund: This fund provides scholarship funding to aspiring music therapy students here at Duquesne.
- Music Therapy Student Association: Members of MTSA will utilize Day of Giving gifts to support registration costs for the annual Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy conference.
- National Association for Music Education (NAfME): Members of NAfME Collegiate Chapter #159 will use the funds to assist with costs associated with their attendance at the annual Pennsylvania Music Education Association Annual In-Service Conference, including conference registration, accommodations, and travel.
- National Band Association Duquesne Chapter: Your gift to NBA helps support our students in bringing in world-class speakers and participate in band-related Conferences and events.
- Trumpet Ensemble/Studio: Students in the trumpet studio regularly take trips and raise funds to help offset travel expenses.
- Voices of Spirit: This fund supports future travel and recording projects of the Voices of Spirit, Duquesne’s premier choral ensemble.
Dean David Wehr and Dr. Ann Labounsky will match any donations to the Mary Pappert School of Music, dollar-for-dollar, up to $7,500.
Don't forget to also spread the word!
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