Melting snow damages historic Chautauqua organ

Feb 4, 2018

The 111-year-old Massey Memorial Organ at the Chautauqua Institution amphitheater has been damaged by water from melting snow.

Chautauqua Institution's historic organ
Credit Photo courtesy of the Chautauqua Daily

Even though the amphitheater was recently rebuilt, a routine inspection found a leak from melting snow had made its way into the organ console, causing damage to the keyboards.

The water permeated a protective covering where the unit was stored backstage.

Officials hope to have the organ restored in time for the 2018 summer season.