Pipe Organ Database

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Joseph Severin Mayer View Extant Instruments View Instruments


Germany, before1853; New York City, New York, 1853–1856; California, from 1856–1909.
Classification: Builder

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October 30, 2004:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

Born May 27, 1823 in Schomberg, Württemberg, Germany; father of Fred Mayer; apprentice in Düsseldorf, Germany; in Strassburg, in Stuttgart, Germany.

In New York City, New York, 1853; in Maryville, California, 1856; in San Francisco, California, 1860; retired to Santa Clara, California, 1885; active in San Francisco, California, 1899; died October 15, 1909 in San Francisco, California.

Staff: Felix Schoenstein.


  • James Lewis.
  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975), 189.
  • Louis J. Schoenstein, Memoirs of a San Francisco Organ Builder (San Francisco: Cue Publications, 1977), 672.
  • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on September 26, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 33 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 0 Consoles

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