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Princeton, NJ 1950s; Erie PA prior to 1963; Methuen, MA circa 1963; Andover, MA 1966; Exeter, NH 1987.
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, June 4, 2016. -

Wilson R. Barry (June 26, 1925 - March 24, 2012) was a master builder of both organs and harpsichords. He attended Colby College, Kalamazoo College and Westminster Choir College.1 Barry started with Chester Raymond of Princeton, New Jersey, circa 1950. He was with Tellers Organ Co. of Erie, Pennsylvania in the 1950s until circa 1963, when he moved to the Andover Organ Co. of Methuen, Massachusetts. He established his own firm in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1966 as Wilson R. Barry & Co. building organs and harpsichords. The firm was relocated to Exeter, New Hampshire, in 1987. He also served as organist and choir director of many churches, most recently at the First Baptist Church in Exeter, New Hampshire, until his retirement in 19931.

Mr. Barry wrote extensively on the early keyboard instruments; he was the author of many articles about musical instruments, and a book about early keyboard instruments which he researched during travels in Europe.1 He was one of the contributing authors to The Harpsichord and Clavichord: An Encyclopedia.2

1) "Wilson Barry" obituary, Published in Boston Globe on Mar. 28, 2012. Accessed online at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/bostonglobe/obituary.aspx?pid=156732136#sthash.0HT5JXE0.dpuf; accessed Jan 9, 2016.

2) The Harpsichord and Clavichord: An Encyclopedia edited by Igor Kipnis. (Routledge, New York, NY 2013)

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on February 11, 2019.

January 09, 2016:

See Wilson R. Barry and Co.

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

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  • 0 Consoles

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