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1 December 2004
“Lynn Dobson and his staff produce some of the most beautiful pipe organs in the world.” So says a profile in Workbench Magazine’s “Craftsmanship Close-up” in the December 2004 issue. Photos of Op. 70 and Op. 71 illustrate the article.

27 October 2004
Kenilworth Union Church celebrated the dedication of our Op. 81, with a recital by Andrew Reid, Director of Music & Organist at Peterborough Cathedral.

24 October 2004
Our recently completed Op. 80 for St. Paul’s Church, Rock Creek Parish in Washington, D.C., was featured on the cover of the October 24, 2004 issue of The Living Church, an independent magazine for Episcopalians.

6 October 2004
To celebrate the dedication of our Op. 80, Saint Paul’s Church, Rock Creek Parish in Washington, D.C. presented Dame Gillian Weir in recital on Wednesday, 6 October 2004 at 7:30 p.m. Her program included works by Handel, J.S. Bach, Schnizer, Mozart, Franck, Bridge, Parker, Pierné, Dubois and Yon.

3-9 July 2004
The AGO National Convention in Los Angeles was great! Over 2,200 attendees had three opportunities to visit the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, home of our Op. 75.

A pre-convention “appetizer” was served on Saturday, 3 July, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., when Samuel Soria, Cathedral Organist, Lynn Dobson and John Panning provided a sonic tour of the organ.

On Monday, 5 July, an 8:00 p.m. choral program under the direction of Paul Salamunovich with William Beck at the organ featured works by Morten Lauridsen and C.H.H. Parry, and the premiere of a commissioned work by Byron Adams. A recital by Martin Jean of Yale University, performing Tournemire’s Improvisation sur le Te Deum and Dupré’s Symphonie-Passion, Op. 23, immediately followed. To celebrate Martin’s program and the organ, and to observe the shop’s 30th anniversary, a reception was held at the Cathedral conference center.

The Cathedral was the setting for the closing events of the Convention on Friday, 9 July. Sal Soria presented works by Wyton, Howells and Sowerby. The Annual Meeting immediately followed; it included an improvisation by Peter Krasinski, winner of the 2002 National Competition in Organ Improvisation. The final convention event was a concert by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, Conductor and William Beck, Organist, performing works by Byrd, Billings, Bedford, Fauré, Duruflé, Pärt, Thompson, Wagner and Finzi.

Kudos to the Los Angeles Committee for hosting a remarkable convention!

15 June 2004
Two new CDs of our Op. 73 at St. Joseph Abbey in St. Benedict, Louisiana, have recently been released by Raven Recordings. Romantics & Classics features works performed by Texas organist Marcus St. Julien, Op. 73's dedication recitalist. Mystics & Spirits features Marijim Thoene, organ, and Kathleen Joyce-Grendahl, native American flute. Further details can be found on our Recordings page.

27-28 March 2004

Two events took place this weekend to celebrate our 30th year of business. On Saturday 27 March, we hosted a festive dinner for our present and former employees. On Sunday 28 March, we held an open house featuring our new organs for Washington, D.C. and Ellison Bay, Wis. We were honored to have as guests some members of the Ellison Bay organ committee, many clients from previous projects, and other visitors from as far away as Maryland and Delaware. In all, more than 600 friends of the company enjoyed the day.

Mark Koskamp, who plays our Op. 17, tries out our new instrument for St. Paul’s Church, Rock Creek Parish during the open house.

15 February 2004
Our own John Ourensma was part of Concerts with a Cause, a recital series featuring our Op. 78 at St. John Methodist Church in Augusta, Georgia. John performed works of Marchand, Heron, Arne, Goodwin, Howells, Bach, Mendelssohn, Leavitt, Shearing, and Franck. The cause supported by the free-will offering collected during the program was Augusta Urban Ministries.

4 January 2004
Our instrument at St. Joseph Abbey in St. Benedict, Louisiana was featured in Pipedreams Program No. 0401, the first broadcast of the new year. Organist Marcus St. Julien played works of Cedar Franck, Philip James, and Charles-Marie Widor, heard in a recording of the dedication recital. Visit the Pipedreams website for further program information.


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