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Tufts University Chaplaincy

Goddard Chapel Instrument Rules

As of January 2019

Goddard Chapel is fortunate to be the home of three very beautiful — and in two cases historic — instruments. The carillon has been assembled from bells given to the chapel from 1908-1966; the Hook and Hastings organ was dedicated with the chapel in 1883 and it remains in a similar state to when it was first made. The Steinway and Sons piano dates from around 1985 and is kept in shape to be used during worship services, concerts, and special events. Please follow these simple rules to help ensure that these instruments continue to serve the community for many years to come.

  • Permission to use the piano or organ should be sought at the time you make your request to book the space, or as soon thereafter as possible.
  • Permission to use the piano or organ is granted by the Music Director or the University Chaplain.
  • The keys to the piano and organ are in the key box in the office and any student staff in the chapel should be able to get them for you. When you are finished with your event, the instrument(s) should be locked and the key(s) returned to the student worker and key box.
  • No food or drink is to be placed on the instruments at any time. The organ keys are old enough to be natural ivory and can stain; please wash your hands before playing, especially if you have been eating.
  • Playing these instruments assumes a certain level of training and proficiency. If you are not sure that you have the skills required, please set up a time with the Music Director to play for them to be sure. This is not to assess your musical ability, but to determine whether you know how to treat the instruments with appropriate care.
  • Accidents can happen, some of which have nothing to do with the player. If anything breaks or goes wrong, please stop playing right away and notify the University Chaplaincy Office and the Music Director so that we can determine if further use will do damage to the instrument and we can schedule the necessary repair as soon as possible.
  • In the rare case that somebody wishes to play the carillon, a brief walkthrough of how to use it should be scheduled with the Music Director, who can also provide the user’s manual.

Thank you for taking the time to read these rules. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Contact Information:

Thomas Dawkins, Music Director,