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8 October 2007

This week’s Pipedreams program featured performances from the inaugural festival for the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ—our Op. 76 in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall. The Pipedreams website offers streaming audio of archived programs.

23 September 2007

David Higgs of the Eastman School of Music performed the dedication recital of our Op. 84. Built for St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania, it was dedicated this morning in a festive worship service featuring Parry’s “I Was Glad.” David’s afternoon program:

Bach: Fantasia & Fugue in G Minor (BWV 542)
Kittel: Two Preludes (Eb Major and Eb Minor)
Karg-Elert: Harmonies du soir (Op. 72, No. 1)
Bolcom: Free Fantasia on “O Zion Haste” and “How Firm a Foundation”
Lefébure-Wely: Boléro de Concert
Duruflé: Suite pour Orgue (Op. 5)
Albright: Sweet Sixteenths [encore]

30 August 2007

Construction of a 2,500 sq. ft. addition to our shop began on 17 April and is now completed. This expansion gives room for additional woodworking machinery and serves as a link to a storage building. Like all of the organs, this project also has a page of construction photos.

4 April 2007

U.S. Senator Charles Grassley visited Dobson Pipe Organ Builders as part of a tour of northwestern Iowa during the Congressional Easter Recess. It is Sen. Grassley’s second visit to our shop. Here, John Panning explains the construction of slider windchests.
Photo by Bill Anderson.

29 January 2007


We welcome John Streufert to the Dobson crew. John has a degree in piano performance from Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota and trained as a piano technician. He worked for the Berghaus Organ Co. for sixteen years, fourteen as voicer.

24 January 2007

Washington National Cathedral has chosen Dobson to design and build a new instrument to replace the present organ. That instrument, built in 1938 by Ernest M. Skinner & Son, has been altered and enlarged on numerous occasions. The decision has been made by the musicians and the Cathedral Chapter to build a new organ that retains the historic casework as well as several beautiful voices from the present instrument. Details of the project can be found on the Cathedral’s website.


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