The OHS Pipe Organ Database

Holy Cross College
1 College Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610

Brooks Concert Hall

OHS Database ID 11051.

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This organ received OHS Citation number 275.

Status and Condition

The organ has been restored to a previous state.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 12, 2012.

Technical Details


  • Where is this located at the college. Where did it come from? (OHS PC Database. October 30, 2004)
  • Updated through online information from Lisa Lucius. -- This organ came from Yarmouth, ME St. Bartholomews Church. See database entry #8868. (Database Manager. February 2, 2006)
  • Updated through online information from Eric Culver. -- Gift from John and Linda Shortridge; John formerly the Curator of Musical Instruments at the Smithsonian Institution, where he started the restoration program and period instrument performance series.

    Originally commissioned for the Perkins School for the Blind (the alma mater of Helen Keller), it was installed there in January of 1840. At the time the organ was being planned, the renowned composer-organist, Lowell Mason, was professor of organ at the Perkins School. In 1865, the Hook brothers built a new and larger organ for Perkins and accepted the Appleton organ in trade. They soon moved it to the Baptist Church of Bidderford, Maine. John and Linda Shortridge purchased the instrument from the Bidderford Church in 1979 and restored it in an historically informed manner. (Database Manager. June 12, 2012)

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