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Cornell has an impressive collection of organs representing various national traditions, and covering a broad chronological span. The centerpiece of the Cornell collection is the magnificent Cornell Baroque Organ (2011), built at GOArt and in upstate New York. It is a German baroque organ of two manuals and pedal housed in Anabel Taylor Chapel. The collection also includes an important Aeolian Skinner organ (1940) located in Sage Chapel; a historic Italian organ, built by Augustinus Vicedomini in 1746; and a central German chamber organ of one manual with pedal built at the Gothenburg Organ Art Center in 2003.

For more information, click here to visit the Organs at Cornell site.

Fortepianos and Early Modern Pianos:

Cornell’s collection of 18th- and 19th-century pianos is wide-ranging and of outstanding quality. It includes both original instruments, and copies of historical instruments made by leading contemporary builders, designed for the historically-informed performance of classic and romantic repertories. Some of these instruments will be housed at the new Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards opening in 2019.

Original instruments:

  • Broadwood, 1827
  • Erard, 1868
  • Broadwood, 1868
  • Bluthner “Aliquot grand”, 1878, 7’
  • Schweighofer, c.1870, 7’6”
  • Pleyel pianino (vertical), 1855
  • Broadwood, 1865, 7’

Historical copies:

  • Copy of 1784 Johann Andreas Stein 5-octave fortepiano, built by Thomas McCobb in 1972
  • Copy of ca. 1800 Anton Walter 5 1/2 octave fortepiano, built by Paul McNulty in 2002
  • Copy of 1824 Conrad Graf 6 1/2 octave fortepiano built by Rodney Regier in 2000

Modern Pianos:

Cornell has 56 modern grand and upright pianos from many prominent piano makers. This wide variety of instruments encourages pianists to explore the broadest possible range of musical possibilities. These include:

  • Steinway D, 1908, Barnes Auditorium stage
  • Steinway D, 1958, Barnes Auditorium stage
  • Steinway D, 2005, Bailey Auditorium
  • Bechstein E, 1921, Sage Chapel
  • Mason & Hamlin CC, c. 1930, currently off campus
  • Bosendorfer Imperial grand, c. 1955, Lincoln Hall B20, on loan to Cornell
  • Mason & Hamlin BB, 1911, 331 Lincoln Hall
  • Bluthner 7’ 1921, B02A Lincoln Hall
  • Steinway C, 1960, B20 Lincoln Hall
  • Bosendorfer 6’, 1958, 239 Lincoln Hall


Cornell currently has three harpsichords:

  • French-style copy by William Dowd, 1978
  • Tibaut 1691 copy by Alton H. Clark, 2010
  • French style copy by Thomas & Barbara Wolf