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To ensure a vibrant future for the pipe organ, we should capture the interest of next generation when they are young, and then they will always have a place in their heart for the organ.
Orgelkids makes the
King of Instruments accessible.
What is accessible is then lovable.
Orgelkids is an educational pipe organ curriculum and kit dreamed up by Dutch organist Lydia Vroegindeweij. Lydia enlisted the help of organ builder Wim Janssen to build the first and only two Orgelkids kits in existence.
With Orgelkids, young children are empowered to assemble a working two rank, 2-octave pipe organ in under an hour.
Orgelkids can be deployed to schools, music festivals, Maker Faires, museums, bringing the King of Instruments to children. See below for how Orgelkids complements AGO’s outreach programs.
Peter, age 7, loves pipe organs. He’s an active member of the Eugene Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).
Peter likes to play pipe organs, but he sure would like to be able to build pipe organs, too. A Google search for “pipe organ kit” led Peter to Orgelkids.
Peter wrote to Lydia Vroegindeweij, founder of Orgelkids in the Netherlands, asking if she’d be willing to share her schematics for building a kit and for us to bring Orgelkids to the USA. Lydia’s prompt reply was an enthusiastic “Ja!” and she expressed joy that her idea of how to bring the pipe organ to children could grow and reach a wider audience.
Peter is an enthusiastic ambassador for the organ, and operated a lemonade stand in 2014 benefiting the restoration of a local pipe organ. As he is still too young for most of AGO’s outreach programing, Peter is eager to bring Orgelkids to his peers.
Check out this video showing the Orgelkids kit being assembled:
Orgelkids originally existed only in the Netherlands. We have raised $15,000 to build the first Orgelkids kits in the USA, effectively doubling the world population of Orgelkids kits!
Thanks to the NYC AGO Centennial Millennium Fund for Kicking off our fundraising with $5,000! As of January 2017, we have achieved our goal.
Orgelkids complements and extends AGO’s three existing national outreach programs: PipeWorks (grades 4-6), Pedals, Pipes, and Pizza (PPP, age 8-14), and Pipe Organ Encounters (POEs, age 13+).
Orgelkids’ simple implementation makes it a boon to any chapter, and will be easily shared between chapters.
Questions? Want to bring Orgelkids to your school, class or group? Email Us! Let us know!
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Major support to launch Orgelkids USA came from these chapters of the American Guild of Organists:Eugene, New York City AGO's Centennial Millennium Fund, San Francisco and Seattle.THANK YOU!
Orgelkids makes the King of Instruments accessible. What is accessible is then lovable.
Orgelkids is an educational pipe organ curriculum and kit dreamed up by Dutch organist Lydia Vroegindeweij. She enlisted the help of organ builder Wim Janssen to build the first and only two Orgelkids kits in existence.
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Orgelkids USA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductable as allowed by law.