The Shanklin Music Hall Foundation, Inc.

The Shanklin Music Hall Foundation, Inc.

Garrett and Sarah Shanklin’s mission from the very beginning was to restore an irreplaceable instrument, to preserve the sounds made by real pipes and percussion instruments, and to present it so that it could be enjoyed and shared by many. They recognized that the Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ was an incredible and extremely unique piece of Americana from a bygone era. This journey quest began in 1967 when Garrett acquired his first Wurlitzer. Over the next 25 plus years, the Shanklins hosted countless concerts and organ club chapter gatherings while Garrett continued to refine and grow the home installation.
But, as the word spread, the audience increased, and so did the demand for a larger space.

In 1996, Garrett designed and built the Shanklin Music Hall where he installed a faithfully restored 4 manual, 34 rank Wurlitzer crowned with the Console from the Boston Metropolitan Theater.
Here, thousands of people have been thrilled with the wonderful sounds of the Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Pipe Organ through concerts, silent motion pictures, celebrations, and special events.

Garrett was equally enamored with the mechanics of the theater organs as well as with the beauty of the music that they produce. Sarah had a special gift for advertising, marketing, and presentation of the hall. It is little wonder for those who knew their passion to understand why the Music Hall evolved to be what it is today.

We have faithfully followed their mission to preserve, to present, and to educate regarding the Wurlitzer for the public. The Music Hall has also hosted teaching events like the American Theater Organ Society (ATOS) Summer Youth Adventure which teaches young performers, and the ATOS Technical Experience which teaches skills to organ technicians.

The Shanklin Music Hall is listed on the ATOS National Registry of Significant Instruments.
It has received the ATOS Restoration & Preservation Vintage Award.

Garrett and Sarah Shanklin paved the way for the Shanklin Music Hall and its magnificent musical instruments to continue with this mission as a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation. With your help, attendance, participation, and generosity, the Shanklin Music Hall will continue to teach and to entertain audiences of all ages. Our welcoming facility, pleasant volunteers, quality of multi-sensory presentations, and access to the “behind-the-scenes” apparatus for tours and/or training is legendary.

Thank you for your help in making this possible.