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BuilderID 268

Builder Identification

Bellwood, Illinois, 1978–1985; Tysons Corner, Virginia, 1985–1992; Herndon, Virginia, 1992–1995; Hartville, Ohio, 1995–2012; Stowe, Pennsylvania, 2012–2015; Dulut

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). -

    Active in Detroit, Michigan, by 1982; with Bahr & O-Donnell Pipe Organs (of Canton, Ohio?) by 1996.


    • American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO), membership directories of 1982, 1989, and 1996.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, August 19, 2015. -

    Fredrick W. Bahr is a graduate of Andrews University with a degree in organ performance. He is head of Voicing and Tonal Director at Patrick J. Murphy. [2015]


    • Patrick J. Murphy website, accessed August 19, 2015, .

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, August 24, 2015. -

    Work History of Fredrick W. Bahr:

    1978–1985 Berghaus Organ Company, Bellwood, Illinois
    - Apprentice in all phases of organbuilding, tuning and maintenance.
    1985–1992 Lewis & Hitchcock, [then] Tysons Corner, Virginia [now Beltsville, Maryland]
    -   Tuning and maintenance; installations; voicing.
    1992–1995 Bahr & O-Donnell, Herndon, Virginia
    - Tuning and maintenance; freelance tonal finishing.
    1995–2012 Kegg Pipe Organ Builders, Hartville, Ohio
    - Tonal Director; design and engineering.
    2012–2015 Patrick J. Murphy & Associates, Stowe, Pennsylvania
    - Tonal Director.
    from September 2015 to unknown date. Parkey OrganBuilders, Duluth, Georgia
    - Tonal Manager.

    • Email from Fred Bahr to the editor, August 24, 2015.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, November 26, 2015. -

    Fredrick Bahr is the Shop Manager and Instructor of Organ Technology at the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Bahr is a past President of the American Institute of Organbuilders, and a member of the American Guild of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society. His articles on a variety of organbuilding topics have been published in The American Organist, The Diapason, and The Journal of American Organbuilding.


    • American Organ Institute website, accessed November 26, 2017,

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