The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 3379

Builder Identification

Louisville, Kentucky, 1923-1988.

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 c. 1907; with Henry Pilcher's Sons of Louisville, Kentucky, 1923-1944, head reed voicer and service department manager; operated his own service firm, 1944-1952; with Schantz Organ Co. of Orrville, Ohio, 1952, installer, tonal finisher; with Miller Pipe Organ Co. of Louisville, Kentucky, 1988, consultant, voicer, and pipemaker. Kohler died November 21, 1991.

    Staff: Joseph Brown.


    • Letter to David Fox.
    • Sylvester E. Kohler, "Memoirs of an Organ Builder", The Tracker 19:2, (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1975), 12.
    • Obituary, "Sylvester E. Kohler", The Tracker, 35:4 (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1992), 7.
    • [James E.*] Miller.
    • The American Organist, March 1992, 64.

    *Fox's Guide simply says Miller, as it seems to be in connection with the Miller Pipe Organ Service of Louisville, Kentucky, James E. Miller who established that company is assumed. -Ed.

Database Entries

There are 2 entries in the database that describe organs by Sylvester E. Kohler.

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