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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’re Hiring! We have immediate openings for skilled organ builders and cabinetmakers. We’re seeking thoughtful, good-natured, self-starting individuals who bring a variety of abilities to the construction of fine pipe organs. Some travel will be required. Dobson offers competitive pay and benefits in a shop with a flexible workday. Please email John Panning for further information.

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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 has been announced by the College. John Scott of Saint Thomas Church in New York City will present 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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We're honored to announce that the Blair School of Music of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has commissioned us to build a new pipe organ for its Steve and Judy Turner Recital Hall. The new instrument, our Op. 92, will employ suspended mechanical key action and electric stop action and have 27 ranks on two manuals and pedal. Installation is set to begin in July 2014, with completion in September. Mark Wait is Dean of the Blair School of Music; Carl Smith is Senior Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition, Organ and Harpsichord. You might be interested to see some photos of the construction, which is now underway.

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We’re pleased to announce that our Op. 62, built in 1995 for the residence of Dr. Richard Wanner of Berkeley, California, has been purchased by St. Patrick’s Church in Farmington, Connecticut. In addition to moving the organ, we’ve constructed a raised platform for the organ and movable risers for the choir. Installation of the organ in Connecticut took place in February 2014.

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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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