Los Angeles, California, 1951–1994.
Born 1925 in Pomona, California; graduate of Pomona College; with Alfred G. Kilgen firm of Los Angeles, California, 1951–1961; associated with organ firm in Alabama; partner with Pete Sieker in Abbott & Sieker of Los Angeles, California, 1961; active in 1989; retired by 1996.
Richard Larry Abbott was born July 24, 1925, in Pomona, California. He was a graduate of Pomona College. He worked with Pipe Organs Inc., an offshoot of the Alfred G. Kilgen firm* of Los Angeles, California, (1951-1961). While working there, he met Pete Sieker, a native of Germany who had trained in the traditional apprentice program and worked with several German firms. The two men became partners in Abbott & Sieker of Los Angeles, California, 1961–1994. Their firm began the revival of tracker action organbuilding in the west coast of the United States. Abbott retired sometime before 1994, he died July 29, 2001, in Santa Monica, California.
Program: Music for Organ and Instruments, February 10, 2003 St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Santa Monica [California]
"A concert of music for organ and instruments was given at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Santa Monica. [material omitted] The program was in memory of organbuilder Larry Abbott who died in 2001, and was played on an organ built by the firm of Abbott and Sieker. Larry was a long-time member of this chapter and a founding member of the American Institute of Organbuilders. At the preceding dinner, Pete Sieker spoke about the history of their firm, which led the revival of tracker organ building on the West Coast in the early 1960s and built or rebuilt over 100 organs."
- Website of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, (http://www.laago.org/gallery/#) Accessed Nov 18, 2015.
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