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19 October 2008

This day was been designated by the American Guild of Organists as a special day of celebration of the International Year of the Organ. Events were be held all over the world, including programs given on Dobson organs in Burlington, N.C., Champaign, Illinois, and Philadelphia, Pa.

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October 2008

We completed restorative voicing of the fluework at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, home of the 1966 Schlicker organ designed and made famous by the music and recordings of Paul Manz. Our work was intended to reverse the effects of 40 years of dirt, gravity and cone tuning, restoring errant pipes to proper speech, strength and tone. David Cherwien is Mount Olive’s Cantor, and David Molvik is the organ technician.

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28 September 2008

Thomas Bara, Instructor of Organ at Interlochen Arts Academy, presented inaugural recitals on our Op. 86 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis. Given in identical programs at 2pm and 7pm, Mr. Bara’s recitals kicked off a year-long series of events in Westminster’s Chapel. Please visit our Recitals page for details. Mr. Bara (above, second from right) is joined by some members of the Dobson crew and several members of Westminster’s organ committee.

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7 September 2008

An exhibit of Lynn Dobson’s sculpture at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis closed today. The show opened on 22 June, and was seen by many attendees of this year’s AGO National Convention. In addition to the sculptures, which are fashioned of wooden scrap left over from the construction of organs, the exhibit included drawings and photographs by Dobson.

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Summer 2008

Pat Thieszen, son of our head designer Jon Thieszen, was a summer intern in our shop. Pat will be a senior this fall at Iowa State University, where he’s a major in the Integrated Studio Arts program.

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26 May 2008

A performance by Paul Jacobs on Op. 76 in Philadelphia’s Verizon Hall was featured in this week’s Pipedreams program, which includes works by Bach, Franck, Reger, Messiaen and Reubke. If you missed the broadcast on your local station, you can still enjoy the program via streaming audio from the Pipedreams site.

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15 May 2008

Faith Lutheran Church in Clive, Iowa, celebrated the 15th anniversary of the dedication of our Op. 61 in festive services today. Samuel Gaskin, who at age 15 was born in the same year as the organ, presented a recital in the afternoon featuring works of Bach, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Rutter.

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8 May 2008

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14 April 2008

We welcome cabinetmaker Pat Lowry to the Dobson crew. Pat comes to us from WOOD Magazine, where he was an editor and tool tester. Previous to this, he operated his own cabinet shop in Fontanelle and was involved in retail woodworking businesses in the Des Moines area.

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1 April 2008

It’s probably not common reading among most organists and organ builders, but there is a nice writeup about our company by Lori Erickson in the April 2008 issue of the Robb Report.

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28 February 2008

Today our longtime coworker Meridith Sperling retired after twenty-three years. Chiefly involved in the construction of windchests, the racking of pipes on those windchests, and packing the pipes for shipment, Meridith also assisted in making metal pipes and was a frequent helper for tuning and service work. We’ll miss her.

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8 February 2008

R.H. Grabau Construction, Inc., the builder of our new shop addition, received the 2007 Masters Award for projects under $1 million from the Master Builders of Iowa, a trade association. Our business manager, Kirk Russell (second from right), and his wife Debbi attended the award ceremony at the Des Moines Convention Center on 8 February.

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20 January 2008

To celebrate the completion of our new addition, we swept up the sawdust, laid out a table of cookies, and invited the neighbors. On this Sunday afternoon, seven hundred people toured the shop, which represents about 40% of the population of Lake City—an organ builder in Boston would have an attendance of a quarter of a million persons to equal that percentage. In fairness, it must be said that some of our visitors came from neighboring towns. On Saturday, the day previous, a group from Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis came to see Op. 86, now under construction for their Chapel.


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