Daybreak Dreams: Bernice plays Stambaugh concert organ

Stambaugh's concert organ is the last of its kind in the Valley

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – This summer, Bernice White wrote to Daybreak with a request. In time to welcome in her 80th birthday, Bernice dreamed of playing the concert organ at the Stambaugh Auditorium.

Thanks to the staff at Stambaugh Auditorium,  her dream became a reality.

Jim Loboy asked her, “Today’s the big day, Bernice! You ready?”

“Oh I’m ready!” she said with a smile.

Bernice graduated from Ursuline High School on this very stage back in 1955. And now she’s back to fulfill a dream.

“This is surreal. That’s all I can say!”

Mostly self-taught, there are few things that Bernice enjoys more than playing music.

Bernice played The EH Skinner organ. It was made specifically for Stambaugh Auditorium in the 1920s.

Sound poured out of nearly 4,000 pipes. Some are as thin as a pencil while others stand 32 feet high and weigh over 700 pounds.

Wrapping up her set list, Bernice got another surprise: tickets to an upcoming Stambaugh Auditorium performance.

“Thank you very much. This is more… all I wanted to do was sneak in and play the organ. Well thank you for making my Daybreak dream bucket list come true,” she said.