LaSalle-Peru Township High School District 120

LP's Aeolian Pipe Organ at Christmas

With initial repairs completed earlier this year, the 1929 Aeolian Pipe Organ in Matthiessen Memorial Auditorium has come back to life. This holiday season it brought a bit of added holiday cheer to our band and choral concerts.
Restoring Our Organ
Although the organ is now aOrgan during holiday performance dding to the wonderful musical experiences in the auditorium, it is still far from fully restored. A series of phased restoration projects will allow our school and community to once again experience the majesty of this amazing instrument as it was originally created. These projects include upgrading the blower room, restoring the console, making repairs to and cleaning the pipes in the organ loft, restoring the organ's harp, installing digital player equipment to the console, and improving the acoustics and sound dampening in the auditorium. The School District currently estimates the cost of fully restoring the organ to be roughly $400,000.
How You Can Help
Considering the current state of school finances, it would take an incredibly long time for the School District to allocate the fundingLP's pipe organ necessary to perform all of the work required to restore our organ. But with strong community support, we could see the organ restored to its proper condition within a few years.
Donations can be made using the online donation tool below or by contacting Matt Baker, LPHS Director of Communication & Fundraising, at (815) 220-270,, or 541 Chartres Street, LaSalle, IL 61301
Online fundraising for LPHS Aeolian Pipe Organ Restoration
 To honor those who support the restoration project, LaSalle-Peru Township High School has established the following recognition societies:

Matthiessen Family Society

Donations greater than $10,000

Blow Family Society

Donations of $5,000-$9,999

Thomas J. McCormack Society

Donations of $1,000-$4,999

Patron of the LP Organ

Donations of $500-$999

Friend of the LP Organ

Donations of $250-$499

Sponsor an Auditorium Seat

Donations of $100

Sponsor an Organ Pipe

Donations of $50