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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.

We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of our friend John Scott. The Organist and Director of Music of Saint Thomas Church in New York City, John touched untold numbers of admiring listeners around the world through his music-making with the Saint Thomas Choir of Men & Boys, as a solo performer, and in concert with various ensembles. But even more than his celebrated musical achievements, it was John’s humble and engaging manner that secured for him a warm place in the hearts of his many church music colleagues, friends, and acquaintances.

Construction of Op. 93, the Miller-Scott Organ, continues, but how different the experience will be without John’s quiet wisdom and counsel. Our hearts go out to his wife, Lily, his family, his Saint Thomas Church colleagues, and the boys of the Choir School.

A lovely appreciation by Michael Barone can be found on the Pipedreams website.

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Though installation of our Op. 93 is not scheduled to begin until April 2017, construction of the instrument is already underway. In particular, great progress is being made in the creation of carvings that will be a part of the new organ case. Across the chancel, Bertram Goodhue’s glorious case of 1913 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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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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Following the death of its owner, Charlotte Smith, our Op. 39 has been donated by her children to Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church, also in Bridgehampton, N.Y. Dobson and Foley-Baker, Inc. collaborated to move the organ, which occurred during the week of 11 May 2015.

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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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While the construction of new pipe organs is our bread and butter, we also undertake a variety of projects involving older instruments in the upper Midwest. You can find a list of completed restoration or rebuilding projects here.

The most significant such project on the books at the moment is the refurbishing and reinstallation of Casavant Op. 3105, originally completed in 1971 for the University of Iowa’s Clapp Recital Hall. Threatened with demolition along with the hall, the organ was eventually given by the demolition contractor to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City, which is building a new sanctuary that will accommodate the organ.

At the moment we are restoring the c. 1889 A.B. Felgemaker organ at St. Mary’s Church in Pierce City, Missouri. This 12-rank organ was built as Op. 504 for the First Presbyterian Church of Clearfield, Pennsylvania, and was later moved to Pierce City by Midwestern organ builder Hugo Stahl. Our work includes the restoration of the double-rise bellows.

We recently completed restorative repairs to the 1883 Moline organ at St. Mary’s Church in Iowa City, the largest remaining organ by that builder.

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Five years ago, in celebration of our company’s 35th anniversary, 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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