The IOHIO is grateful for your donation during the pandemic
Oaxaca churches were closed in March, and just a few of them have opened up recently for masses with strictly enforced coronavirus regulations. For the IOHIO this has meant the suspension of our usual on-site activities: concerts, masses, lessons, and field trips. We have shifted toward online work and virtual events and have thus been able to continue working to support of the historic organs.
Achievements in 2020
*Celebration of the 13th International Organ and Early Music Festival in February 2020, presenting 9 concerts and 5 field trips in 6 days and including more than 120 participants. (By sheer luck we just managed to avoid the outbreak of the coronavirus).
*Announcement of the IOHIO YouTube Channel offering Oaxaca folk music and selections from the 2020 Festival concerts.
* Upgraded promotional material and extensive communication through Facebook (Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca), Instagram, and Twitter.
*Virtual masses with organ accompaniment projected from the Oaxaca Cathedral and the Jalatlaco and Tlacolula churches. The other restored organs are still not accessible.
*Virtual concerts, interviews, and conferences.
*Advances in the organization of our catalogue of the Oaxaca organs.
Our goals for 2021
*Publication of our catalog of Oaxaca organs in English and Spanish. Once the churches reopen and the organs are once again accessible, we can re-photograph them and tie up this project.
*Presentation of the renewed IOHIO web page.
*Ongoing activities (virtual or not?): concerts, masses, lessons, field trips, conferences.
*Organization of the 14th International Organ and Early Music Festival programmed for February 2022 (?). This requires months of work in the latter part of the year.
Please consider making a donation to keep the IOHIO moving ahead during these complicated times. Your contributions are our main source of funding, supplemented only by sales of our books and CDs and residual festival income. We hope that both past and first-time Friends of the IOHIO may be inspired to support this unique initiative which has had such an important impact on the cultural life of Oaxaca.
With all best wishes and please take good care!