The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3257

Builder Identification

Syracuse, New York, 1980, (Alternate nameplate)

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 Syracuse, New York, 1980; Benjamin R. Merchant.

    Source:

    • Organ Handbook: 1980 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1980), 61.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • The American Organist: January 1989, 87.

  • From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, July 1, 2018. -

    Kerner & Merchant was founded in Syracuse, New York, in 1978 by Benjamin Merchant, a musician educated in music history, voice, and keyboard theory and design, who apprenticed with harpsichord builder Walter Burr and organ builder Leonard Carlson, and by Robert Kerner, keyboard instrument curator at the Eastman School of Music.

    Merchant has taken professional examinations through the American Institute of Organbuilders and achieved the status of Colleague with that organization. He continues to run the company today with the assistance of co-owners A. Hawley Arnold, and Ryan J Boyle, both professional musicians and craftsmen.

    Source:

    • Kerner & Merchant, http://www.kernerandmerchant.com/wordpress/?page_id=56.

Database Entries

There are 4 entries in the database that describe organs by Kerner & Merchant.


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Original Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by Will Headlee