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For more than a quarter century, we have constructed fine pipe organs for churches, schools and private individuals. In every project, whether for religious or secular institutions, we strive to create timeless works of musical art that faithfully perform the literature, inspire the composer and improviser, and are a joy to both player and listener.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra celebrate the Art of the Pipe Organ with four weeks of concerts. Showcasing our Op. 76, the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Pipe Organ, this series features some of the most major works for organ, orchestra and chorus: Janacek’s Glagolitic Mass, Wagner’s Also sprach Zarathustra, and Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”. In addition, the Kimmel Center presents a Halloween Organ Extravaganza, where three of America’s most celebrated organists, Peter Richard Conte, Ken Cowan, and Paul Jacobs, join forces to present a program of popular works including transcriptions of A Night on Bald Mountain, Funeral March of a Marionette, Danse macabre, and other favorites.

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ia Magazine, a glossy annual about our home state, offers a brief but interesting profile of our company in its 2014 issue.

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Our Op. 92 for the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is complete. Commissioned for Blair’s Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall, Op. 92 has 27 ranks on two manuals and pedal and employs suspended mechanical key action and electric stop action. Installation and voicing took about three months. Mark Wait is Dean of the Blair School of Music; Carl Smith is Senior Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition, Organ and Harpsichord.

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St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Carmel Valley, California, will soon be the home of our Op. 94. The instrument will be placed at the front of the church, which was designed in 1963 by parish member Mel Blevens of Holewinski, Blevens, Fedelem and Lukes Architects. The tonal design, a collaboration between organist Dr. Steven Denmark and Dobson, draws inspiration from 19th century French choir organs. The organ will be completed in the fall of 2015. Check out our page of construction photos.

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We are honored to announce the commissioning of our Op. 93 for Saint Thomas Church, New York City. A prominent feature of the 100-stop organ is a new case that houses the Great and Positive divisions. The remainder of the organ is located within the organ chambers and Bertram Goodhue’s glorious case of 1913, which will be fitted with new, speaking façade pipes. The organ will be completed in the first part of 2018. John Scott is Organist and Director of Music; Stephen Buzard and Benjamin Sheen are the Assistant Organists.

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In celebration of our company’s 35th anniversary in 2009, we made an online exhibit of some of Lynn Dobson’s drawings. One of the most highly-regarded case designers of his generation, Dobson has proved to be equally at home in modern or historically-inspired idioms. Lynn A. Dobson: Drawings & Projects presents a selection of work from 1974–2009, and includes unrealized designs as well as built instruments.

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