The OHS Pipe Organ Database

BuilderID 572

Builder Identification

San Francisco, California, from 1977.

Additional Notes

  • Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1991; rev. ed., 1997, with updated information). Edited for the revised OHS Online Database website, 2017. -

    Jack M. Bethards was born Nov. 29, 1940; he is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. He began his career with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, management consultants; then was with Proctor & Gamble. He purchased Schoenstein & Co., Organbuilders of San Francisco, California, and became owner, president, and tonal director; active in 2016.


    • American Organist, April 1990, 18.
    • Stephen Pinel.
    • William Van Pelt.

  • See main entry: Felix F. Schoenstein & Sons

Database Entries

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