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BuilderID 1371

Builder Identification

Montréal, Québec, Canada, c. 1875.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

    Active in Montréal, Québec, Canada, c. 1875.


    • Helmut Kallmann, Gilles Potvin, and Kenneth Winters, eds., Encyclopedia of Music in Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981), 711.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Charles Eberline, December 12, 2019. —

    According to Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, Antoine Couillard was an amateur organbuilder in Montreal “who achieved a certain brief fame but later lapsed into relative obscurity.” The date of his activity is not specified. The “Organ” webpage listed in “Sources” states that the first organ in St. Michael’s Basilica-Cathedral of Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada, was a two-manual instrument built by Antoine Couillard and inaugurated by Rosa d’Erina in 1874. “A fair amount of pipework” from this organ was used in the cathedral’s second organ, Casavant’s Opus 704, which was inaugurated by Joseph Bonnet on November 24, 1920.


    • Antoine Bouchard, “Organ building,” in Encyclopedia of Music in Canada, 2nd ed., edited by Helmut Kallmann and Gilles Potvin (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1992), 995.
    • “Organ” webpage of “St. Michael’s Basilica-Cathedral of Sherbrooke,” Centre d’Archives Mgr-Antoine-Racine, accessed December 27, 2018,


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