Read about the current situation of the Reuter organ in the Chapel at The Citadel. Every time I’ve visited, it was unplayable, and this progress report is great news indeed.
After lying silent for decades in moldy chambers high above the floor of The Citadel’s historic Summerall Chapel, the college’s Reuter pipe organ is slowly coming back to life. The first of several phases is complete, funded by gifts to the college through The Citadel Foundation.
The organ will be dedicated at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, as part of Piccolo Spoleto’s L’Organo Recital Series during a special evening performance by organist Stephen Distad and trumpeter Justin Langham, both of Houston, Texas. They will perform as Deux Voix, which means “Two Voices.”
The free event will highlight the organ’s new hand-crafted, four-manual console with woodwork reflecting the chapel’s carvings. However, the pipes and wind chests, suffering from the ravages of time, humidity and neglect, are now currently being restored by the Cornell Zimmer Organ Company in Denver, North Carolina near Charlotte. In the rear of the chapel, a small section of the pipes is on display for visitors, shining like new, next to a photographic essay of the restoration process. Fundraising is now underway to support the remaining elements of the $1 million restoration.