When Christ Church closed it doors, in 2009, Taft sought to reopen them, and give the space new life. With support from the David, Helen, and Marian Woodward foundation, the school acquired Christ Church in 2010. Now known as Woodward Chapel, the space is both a spiritual and artistic hub, hosting many Music for a While performances, concerts by Collegium Musicum, and our annual Service of Lessons and Carols in December, and Service of Remembrance in May.
The Chapel is home to two exceptional instruments that feature prominently in our concerts.
Installed in Woodward Chapel in 1968, Taft’s pipe organ is one of the premier instruments designed and built by the Gress-Miles Organ Company of Princeton, New Jersey. Recent restoration work updated the organ’s console, refurbished its ivory keys and surrounding woodwork, and the added new digital stops. The introduction of fiber optics also makes the console mobile, allowing for greater versatility in performances.
In 2016, John H. Kilbourne '58 donated an exemplary 1997 Hamburg/New York Steinway B to Taft. A classic grand, the Model B is often referred to by pianists as “the perfect piano.”