The ROBERT AND RITA SCHAFFER MEMORIAL MUSIC FUND (AKA -Schwab Organ Fund, Cathedral Concert Series) is a private and non-profit entity. It was conceived and organized for the purpose of raising sufficient public donations to cover expenses and continuance of the Cathedral Concert Series (begun in 1975).
“To Perpetuate, memorialize, and educate the history, beauty, and spiritually redeeming qualities of sacred and classical music. Preserve traditions of musical excellence and the rich culture brought to Covington, Kentucky from Western Europe in the 19th Century in the form of the Historic Matthias Schwab Organ (1859).”
The Cathedral Concert Series offers free sacred music concerts of a high caliber. Local artists and groups are featured regularly, all open to the public with no admission charge at any time. The Fund accepts freewill contributions at all concerts as the only means of material support.
The ROBERT AND RITA SCHAFFER MEMORIAL MUSIC FUND also plans to fully repair and restore, to original playing condition, the Historic Matthias Schwab Organ currently located in the West gallery of the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, Kentucky. The Fund also seeks to maintain, beyond the restoration effort, an ongoing, long-term Trust (Endowment) to provide funds for ongoing maintenance and performance of the instrument under the direction of Fund managers.
The Cathedral Concert Series Schwab Organ Fund are operated by a volunteer staff. Artists appearing on the series sometimes receive modest honoraria. There is no paid staff connected to the operation of the Schwab Organ Fund and the Cathedral Concert Series.
Your generosity will enable this regional and cultural tradition to continue for future generations of music lovers. Since this campaign is ongoing, your donation will make a difference no matter when it is sent.
Thank you for taking time to listen to the story,
Dr. Gregory J. Schaffer
The ROBERT AND RITA SCHAFFER MEMORIAL MUSIC FUND is a privately administered entity, and not a part of the Diocese of Covington.