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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.

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.

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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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Installation of our Op. 92 for the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, began on Monday 4 August. Commissioned for its 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 will take about two 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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We’re pleased to have Ben Hoskins join our staff. A 2014 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa, Ben previously had a career in banking but returned to UNI for a degree in organ performance. While attending UNI, he served as Director of Music and Organist for Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa. In our shop, Ben will be involved in tuning, voicing, and general organ building.

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Our Op. 91 for Merton College is complete. Commissioned in celebration of Merton’s 750th anniversary, the organ takes its place in the College’s Chapel, whose construction began in the late 13th century and was completed around 1450. The oldest of the thirty-eight Oxford colleges, Merton has a vibrant chapel music program under the leadership of Benjamin Nicholas, the Reed Rubin Organist and Director of Music, and Peter Phillips, the Reed Rubin Director of Music. The Rev Dr Simon Jones is the Chaplain, and Paul Hale served the College as organ consultant.

Installation of the organ began at the end of June 2013. Voicing began in early August, and the organ was completed in November.

A series of dedication recitals throughout 2014 has been announced by the College. John Scott of Saint Thomas Church in New York City presented the opening concert on Saturday, 26 April 2014. Details of other programs can be found on our Recitals page and in the College’s brochure.

The organ was featured on the cover of the November 2013 issue of The American Organist magazine. The Omaha World-Herald published an interesting article about Op. 91, which you can find here. You might also be interested to see photos of the organ under construction.

The first worldwide hearing of the organ took place on 20 November 2013, with a live radio broadcast of an Evensong celebrating the lives of Saint Cecelia and Benjamin Britten. The archived service can be found on the BBC 3 website.

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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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