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Andover Organ Co. View Extant Instruments View Instruments

Distinction:

Methuen, Massachusetts ca. 1950-1970; Lawrence, Massachusetts from 1970.
Classification: Builder

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September 06, 2015:

From the OHS Database Builders Listing Editor, May 23, 2016. -

Andover Organ Company was founded in 1948 as a result of the Andover Organ Institute, a summer school held at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, which reintroduced mechanical, or tracker, action organs into the United States. The company began by maintaining and rebuilding old tracker organs and was one of the first to begin saving 18th and 19th century American organs.

In 1959, Andover built one of the first new tracker organs by an American firm since the 1930s. In 1964 the firm carried out the world's first re-trackerization of an electrified tracker organ.

Staff (2015):
Benjamin G. Mague, President; Ryan Bartosiewicz; Matthew Bellocchio; Anne J. Doré; Michael W. Eaton; Donald Glover; Andrew Hagberg; Lisa Lucius; Benjamin G. Mague; Tony Miscio; Felicia (Fay) Morlock; John Morlock; Robert C. Newton; Donald H. Olson; Jonathan Ross; Craig A. Seaman; David Zarges

Source:

  • Andover Organ Co. "Our Company & People", accessed September 6, 2015, http://www.andoverorgan.com/history.php .

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 09, 2019.

September 06, 2015:

External Link: Andover Organ Co.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

October 30, 2004:

From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, rev. ed. by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, 1997) —

Established by Thomas W. Byers in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 1948; relocated to Methuen, Massachusetts, around 1950. Charles B. Fisk became a partner in 1955, and then sole owner sometime between 1958 and 1960. Firm continued by Robert J. Reich and Leo Constantineau; relocated to Lawrence, Massachusetts, in 1970. Active in 2016.

Staff (1997):
Paul F. Byron; Peter T. Cameron; Rodney Degner; Hermann Greunke; Timothy Hawkes; Richard Hedgebeth; Frank G. Johnson; Benjamin S. Mague; Edward J. Mallon; Fay Morlock; John W. Morlock; Robert C. Newton; Fritz Noack; Donald H. Olson; Donald E. Reich; Robert J. Reich; Willard Reily {Reilly?}; Clark Rice; Bradley Rule; James C. Taylor; Charles Wahlgren; David E. Wallace; Gary Wright; Lawrence Young.

Sources:

  • Organ Handbook: 1989 (Richmond, Va.; Organ Historical Society), 2.
  • The American Organist January 1983 (American Guild of Organists), 36.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on May 09, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 222 Organs
  • 1 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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