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Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards fosters original and imaginative approaches to the performance and study of keyboard instruments, their technological underpinnings, their intersections with other arts, and their participation in the global currents of cultural and social history.

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Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards fosters original and imaginative approaches to the performance and study of keyboard instruments, their technological underpinnings, their intersections with other arts, and their participation in the global currents of cultural and social history.

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Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards fosters original and imaginative approaches to the performance and study of keyboard instruments, their technological underpinnings, their intersections with other arts, and their participation in the global currents of cultural and social history.

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New Keyboard Horizons

Fall 2022 events expand the Center’s research focus to the pianola and the reproducing piano, expressive historical instruments that enable different forms of real-time dialogue between the past and present, the human and the mechanical. Rex Lawson and Denis Hall, leading specialists on the subject, will join us in November. Before then, the semester opens with an exploration of “Lisette quitté la plaine,” an enduringly popular song from guest artist Jean Bernard Cerin’s native Haiti, alongside other music of the African diaspora. As in past seasons, these events will be complemented by programs on a variety of themes inspired by our beloved organs in Ithaca and historical pianos from Cornell’s collection.

Edwin S. Votey (right) presents his first limited production model of piano-player, later called the Pianola (1922).
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Sage chapel choir loft

Return of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ

It is an exciting time for the organs at Cornell. Having been painstakingly cleaned pipe-by-pipe, the reeds fully restored, and the wind chests releathered, the university’s treasured Aeolian-Skinner Organ is finally complete again, and closer to the original vision of its designer, the legendary G. Donald Harrison, than it has been for a very long time.

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Summer Academy Schedule

The CCHK’s inaugural Forte/Piano Summer Academy will take place next week, from July 31–August 7, on Cornell’s Ithaca campus. All events are free and open to the public, and a schedule is available here.

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Announcing Summer Academy Pianists

The roster of admitted pianists to our inaugural Forte/Piano Summer Academy, to be held on Cornell’s Ithaca campus this July–August, has been announced! The line-up boasts exciting young artists from across Europe, Asia, and North and South America, and from high-school to post-doctoral levels.

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Ryan McCullough and Lucy Fitz Gibbon

Ryan McCullough and Lucy Fitz Gibbon at the CCHK

We are delighted to welcome longtime friends of the CCHK, pianist Ryan McCullough and vocalist Lucy Fitz Gibbon, back to campus for the semester’s final salon event on Friday, December 2. In the meantime, listen to their new recording, “the labor of forgetting.”

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Rex Lawson at Midday Music for Organ

Join us on Wednesday, November 2 during the usual Midday Music for Organ timeslot (12:30–1:15pm) to enjoy a special presentation delivered by world-renowned pianolist and expert on the history of mechanical music, Rex Lawson.

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Robert Schumann

The Young Robert Schumann

Our previously scheduled salon, “Piano Players and Player Pianos: Mechanical Instruments, Human Performances,” has been postponed and replaced with a new salon, “The Young Robert Schumann,” led by the Ji Young Kim and the CCHK’s artist-scholar in residence Mike Lee. The event takes place on Friday, October 28 at 5PM.

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Bluthner for recording
Research Profile

A History of Decay: Developing a Sonic Archive for the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards

Joshua biggs

DMA candidate Joshua Biggs discusses the creation of a digital library of samples drawn from the CCHK’s collection. 

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Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards is the home and host of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. Learn about the Westfield Center at www.westfield.org.

COVID-19 Protocols

All in-person events will follow current Cornell COVID-19 protocols. Compliance with the university’s mask mandate will be required for all audience members.