The Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca (IOHIO) has had a remarkable impact on the cultural life of Oaxaca. When our project began in 2000, the general public had little idea of what an organ was or that Oaxaca had so many significant historic instruments. Now after more than 17 years of work, we feel deeply gratified by the local awareness and appreciation of the organs as special Oaxacan treasures.

The IOHIO recently became a self-financing organization after many years of generous support from the Alfredo Harp Helú Oaxaca Foundation. Thanks to this collaboration, we were able to reach our present high level of achievement and international recognition. Now we are facing the challenge of seeking our own funding, and we feel optimistic that our good work will inspire you, our valued donors, to support the cause. Your contribution will assure the continuity of both our ongoing work—concerts, teaching, conferences, and organ maintenance—and our special upcoming projects—the publication of Oaxacan folk music for organ or piano, the 12th Organ and Early Music Festival in February 2018, and the publication of a catalog of the organs.

Try to imagine the arresting sound of the organs during our concerts and the elated response of our audiences of hundreds, the mass accompanied by the sound of a Oaxacan pipe organ rather than an electronic keyboard, the high spirits and camaraderie during our acclaimed festivals, the inaugural festivities of an organ brought back to life during a recent restoration, and the transformation of an unrestored organ after a day of cleaning and conservation work in the eyes of the local people. These are true reflections of our unique, multi-faceted, and ever-expanding project. Please consider making a contribution to keep the IOHIO moving forward.

With thanks and warmest regards,
Cicely Winter

HOW TO DONATE (see below)


1. US dollars (deductible in the US) using PayPal:

2. US dollars as a check payable to Oaxaca Lending Library Foundation, (registered as a 501 (c)(3) for tax deductibility in the US), noting IOHIO in the check’s lower left corner, to:
Jim Corrigan, 5443 Drover Dr., San Diego, CA 92115
Deposited checks will be transferred to the IOHIO account in Oaxaca.

3. Mexican pesos as a cash deposit or transfer from another Mexican bank to our account:
Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca A.C.
Citibanamex account number 70091603827
CLABE 002610700916038278

Please contact us with the date and amount of your deposit.

4. Donations in euros. Please contact us for instructions.

5. A transfer from a US bank to our Mexican account will incur a foreign transaction fee.