Our achievements in 2022

*26 field trips to clean, conserve, and photograph unrestored organs (28 in 2021). We have been visiting the 72 organs one by one, particularly the unrestored instruments some of which we have not seen in 10 or more years. We have “finished” 54 organs this year 2022 and will finish the rest the rest by mid-2023. This material is the essence of our upcoming catalog of the Oaxaca organs.

*Five organ concerts (no longer virtual) in the Basílica de la Soledad, the Cathedral Listen, and Jalatlaco. Former student Jesús González presented two concerts in Tlacolula in collaboration with the local Casa de la Cultura.

*Ongoing publicity about the organs: three presentations for groups of foreigners in the Soledad church and updates of our work on Facebook and YouTube.

*Organ lessons in the churches of Jalatlaco and La Soledad taught by Cicely Winter until September. Our students and collaborators participated in a concert in Tlacochahuaya on August 28 Listen

*Advances on the renewed IOHIO website.

*Organization of the IOHIO’s 14th Organ and Early Music Festival: confirmations for concerts, meals, and site visits.

*Publication of the second edition of our music book “Música Regional Oaxaqueña de ayer y hoy.”

Our goals for 2023

*Present the 14th Organ Festival February 22-27, 2023 (postponed from February 2022). The program of activities is spectacular with eight concerts on eight different organs in five days and field trips to visit various unrestored organs.

*Present the revised IOHIO website in its new platform.

*Distribute the second edition of the book “Música Regional Oaxaqueña de ayer y hoy” (the first run of 300 is almost sold out or given away); all proceeds benefit the IOHIO.

*Finish the conservation and photographs of the unrestored organ, organize the accumulated data, and publish our catalog of the Historic Organs of Oaxaca, Mexico.

*Continue our ongoing activities: concerts, masses, presentations, organ maintenance, and lessons.

Please consider making a donation to the IOHIO in order to keep us moving ahead, since your contributions are our main source of funding. Our expenses have increased considerably because of the travel costs of our field trips: gasoline (steady at $4.40/gallon) and payments to IOHIO assistants during the organ visits. We encourage both past and first-time Friends of the IOHIO to support this unique cultural initiative.

With all best wishes.
Cicely Winter

We invite you to visit our Facebook and Instagram pages (Instituto de Órganos Históricos de Oaxaca) for updates on our activities and to listen to our concerts on the IOHIO YouTube channel. Our social media networks, created and managed by organist Isaí Guzmán, have nearly 8000 followers.


1. US Dollars using PayPal or debit/credit card (tax deductible in the US). If you use PayPal, please add their processing fee to your donation.

2. US Dollars as a check made out to “Oaxaca Lending Library Foundation” (registered as a 501 (c) (3) for tax deductibility in the US), noting IOHIO in the lower left corner, to:

Oaxaca Lending Library Foundation
c/o Umpqua Bank
P.O. Box 1820
Roseburg, OR 97470

These checks will be deposited to the OLLF account and then 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.

(Note: a wire transfer from a US bank to our Mexican account may incur a foreign transaction fee, usually around $15.00. Confirm this with your bank and please add it to your donation.)

Visit to the unrestored organ (1729) in San Pedro Quiatoni.