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Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1961-1979, Newburyport, Massachusetts, from 1989.
Classification: Builder

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June 22, 2016:

Author of:
The Organ in New England *
1980
E. Power Biggs: Concert Organist
1987
The Registration of Baroque Organ Music
1999
The Mormon Tabernacle Organ: An American Classic
1990
The Organ Music of Johannes Brahms *
2007
The Great Organ at Methuen *
Music on the Green *
2009

* Available through the OHS Catalogue

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November 05, 2015:

From the OHS Database Builders editor, June 22, 2016. -

Barbara Owen was born in Utica, New York. She attended Westminster Choir College of Princeton, New Jersey, and Boston University of Boston, Massachusetts. She began her organ building career with the C.B. Fisk firm of Gloucester, Massachusetts, in 1961. She worked there until 1979 as a voicer and tuner.1 During the 1990s she also was in an organ building consortium composed of Dana Hull of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Susan Tattershall of Staatsburg, New York, and Owen.2 She was Music Director of the First Religious Society of Newburyport (1963-2002) and Librarian of the AGO Organ Library at Boston University (1985-2012).

Owens is an organist, organ consultant and historian, she is the author of several books dealing with the organ and its music. A former AGO regional councilor and dean of two chapters, she is past president of the Organ Historical Society and a trustee of Methuen Memorial Music Hall. She was honored by the Organ Historical Society with its Distinguished Service Award. She has resided in Newburyport, Massachusetts, since 1989.3

Sources:

  1. David Fox, "Barbara Owen", A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991), 227.
  2. David Fox, "H.O.T. Organ Builders", A Guide to North American Organbuilders (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991), 144.
  3. "About the Author" Barbara Owen, The Organ Music of Johannes Brahms (Oxford University Press, 2007), inside jacket. 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 20, 2020.

October 30, 2004:

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

Born in Utica, New York; attended Westminster Choir College of Princeton, New Jersey, and Boston University of Boston, Massachusetts; with Fisk firm of Gloucester, Massachusetts, 1961-1979, voicer, tuner; organist, organ consultant and historian; active in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1996.

Source:

  • Letter to David H. Fox.
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We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 20, 2020.

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