Nicholas Christopher Koch


Presentation: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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My lifelong fascination with mechanical devices and music led me to design and construct a pipe organ in my home during the pandemic. This ongoing, multidisciplinary, independent, design project shows the convergence of my internship experiences and studies in Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Music, Visual Arts, History, and many other trades. My work was influenced by my study and measurement of existing pipe organs throughout the state of Ohio. The goal of responsible consumption and production has been maintained throughout the project by reusing and refurbishing parts from other pipe organs originally installed around the country. Some of the parts reused in this new installation are over 112 years old. In addition to highlighting the stages of the design and construction process of my instrument, I will also discuss my research in the acoustics of organ pipes. This project illustrates the result of years of independent work and my experience gained through my internships at UDRI and Leek Pipe Organ Company in Berea, Ohio.

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Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

R. Alan Kimbrough

Primary Advisor's Department



Stander Symposium project, College of Arts and Sciences

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production

A Pandemic Project: The Design, Construction, and Study of the Pipe Organ