The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 2926

Builder Identification

Boston, Massachusetts, 1920s; Merrick New York, 1929-31; Coral Gables, Florida, by 1941; Oakland, Florida, 1942-1988.

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). -

    Born 1910 in Haverhill, Massachusetts; nephew of Harjung Tchakarian; apprentice to uncle, 1924; with Midmer-Losh of Merrick, New York, 1929-1931; active in southern United States, service work ; retired 1979; died December 24, 1988, in Oakland, Florida.

    • Nelson Barden.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, April 13, 2016 -

    Sam Hovsepian moved from Coral Gables, Florida to Oakland, Florida in 1942. He served as mayor of Oakland for six years.1 The West Orange Chamber of Commerce presents an annual "Sam Hovsepian Outstanding Citizen Award" in his memory.2

    He was a United States Army veteran of World War II.3

    Hovsepian worked as an installer for Ernest Skinner in Florida. Working as an independent service technician in 1974, he installed parts of Skinner Opus 473, originally at Florida State University, in the Riverside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, augmenting Skinner Opus 533.4 See OHS Database ID 23112.


    1. "Sam Hovsepian, 78, Served As Oakland Mayor For 6 Years" Orlando Sentinel, December 26, 1988.
    2. West Orange Chamber of Commerce [Orange county, Florida] website Accessed April 13, 2016.
    3. Sam Hovsepian obituary, Orlando Sentinel, December 27, 1988.
    4. Article in Jacksonville Times Union newspaper, June 1974.

Database Entries

There are 2 entries in the database that describe organs by Sam Hovsepian.

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