Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:24

Phoenix College Contract Signed

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In 2004 our chapter entered into a contractual agreement with the Maricopa Community College District to restore and maintain the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ installed in the Bulpitt Auditorium of Phoenix College.  Although a great deal of work was done including a beautiful restoration of the console (depicted), the agreement expired

several years ago without the organ being fully playable.  We suspended work on the project while we attempted to negotiate a new agreement with the College District.  It took way too long to move through labyrinth of government bureaucracy, but thanks to the perseverance and efforts of member Bill Carr and the support of college personnel,  a new agreement is now in place

The agreement calls for the Chapter to complete the restoration by December of 2017.  Should that milestone be met, the agreement extends out to June of 2026.  In return for our restoration and maintenance efforts  we have the use of the Auditorium for our meetings at no cost.  While we will have to rent the Auditorium for paid concerts and other events, the College may elect to waive the rental fee if it deems the event is educationally-related and opts to be a co-sponsor.

There's plenty of work remaining to complete our task, including the replacement of a wind line.  If you're interested in helping out, use the Contact link to let us know and watch the space for work party information.




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  • Comment Link Ellen Brown Friday, 17 June 2016 20:35 posted by Ellen Brown

    Congratulations to Bill and our VOTS Board who spent their
    time and effort to creatively restore and renew the contract with
    Phoenix College for the restoration of the Wurlitzer in
    Bulpitt Auditorium.
    Just look at that sweet photo!
    See those ivories gleeming??
    That organ wants to play, and it seems it's going to have a chance to do just that,
    thanks to all of you!
    Good Work! Great Renewal! What an amazing wonderful surprise start to the Summer of '16.
    Your colleague at the keyboard, Ellen

  • Comment Link Johnny Sharp Thursday, 16 June 2016 19:54 posted by Johnny Sharp

    Fantastic News!!

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