The Robert and Rita Schaffer
Memorial Music Fund
Preserve Present Restore Renew
THE ROBERT AND RITA SCHAFFER MEMORIAL MUSIC FUND
(previously the Schwab Organ Fund)
is a private and non-profit 501c3 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).
“Perpetuate, memorialize, and educate the history, beauty,
and spiritually redeeming qualities of sacred and
classical music ~ presented in a suitable environment.
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)."
From the time they met as organ students in 1947
at the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music,
Robert J. Schaffer and Rita M. Avram were passionate about music
of all types, but particularly in the realm of Organ, Choral,
and Orchestral music of Western culture and Western Sacred Liturgy.
Nearly 30 years later, with 3 musically-inclined children to help,
and both full time church musician positions, Robert and Rita Schaffer
gave their passion for music a home and living expression of that passion
to be shared by the local community -- at little or no cost to the community --
in the founding of the
Cathedral Concert Series
The Cathedral Concert Series offers free sacred music concerts of a high caliber.
Local and National, as well as International 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.
The Fund also seeks to maintain, beyond the restoration effort,
a self-perpetuating, long-term Fund to provide support
for ongoing maintenance and performances 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 Trustees or staff connected to the operation of the
Schwab Organ Fund and the Cathedral Concert Series.