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16 November 2001
A complete set of construction drawings for the new Dobson organ at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was included in the exhibit “What's Shakin’: New Architecture in Los Angeles” held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Gallery at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood. Featuring Rafael Moneo’s design for the new Cathedral and Frank O. Gehry’s plans for the Walt Disney Concert Hall (soon to receive a Glatter-Götz/Rosales organ), the exhibit was part of a larger MOCA show that highlighted eight landmark buildings under construction in greater Los Angeles.

17 October 2001
Construction continues apace on our new instrument for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The windchests, swell enclosures and casework are completed. Installation of the organ will begin in January, 2002.

24 September 2001
“Amongst all the CDs I have of organs in the States, this is probably the best, both for instrument and performance: highly recommended,” writes The Organ magazine, reviewing a recording made at Valparaiso University by Dr. Martin Jean, Associate Professor of Music at Yale University. The organ at Valparaiso University was rebuilt and enlarged by our firm in 1996; the CD is available from the Organ Historical Society.

4 September 2001
Josh Hearn, organist at Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, spent part of this summer as an intern in our shop. The majority of his time was spent on the restoration of a Vocalian reed organ.

3 August 2001
Construction of the structural steel and casework is underway for the organ façade to be installed in Philadelphia's Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the new home of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The organ façade is broadly concave and incorporates tin front pipes leaning outward at a 4-degree angle. Installation begins in October, 2001; the hall is to be opened on Saturday, December 15, 2001.

20 July 2001
We have completed the restoration of the 1896 Wm. Schuelke organ at St. Mary's Church in Remsen, Iowa. This 16-rank organ, complete with “Mixture III fach” has a tubular-pneumatic action that controls membrane chests, patented by Schuelke in 1895. Is this the first organ with membrane chests to be restored in the United States? We’re not sure. Let us know if you have any information about other restored membrane chest organs.

18 April 2001
We have recently signed contracts for two new organs. Op. 77 is a two-manual, 21-stop instrument with mechanical key and stop actions for United Lutheran Church in Red Wing, Minnesota. Op. 78 has been commissioned by St. John’s United Methodist Church of Augusta, Georgia. It has 33 stops on 3 manuals; mechanical key action, and electric stop and combination actions will be provided.


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