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New Katelyn Emerson CD
Now Available for Purchase/Download
September 09, 2018
Katelyn Emerson's stunning recording of our Opus 114 in Baltimore, MD is now available at the ProOrgano website.

CLICK HERE to purchase the CD.

CLICK HERE to download the MP3 version.


New Katelyn Emerson CD
"Inspirations" Preview Video
June 05, 2018

Katelyn Emerson has recorded her second Pro Organo CD album, “Inspirations”, on Andover Opus 114 at Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore. The album features works by Rheinberger, Buxtehude, Parker, Bairstow, Daquin, Langlais, Duruflé and Lauren. CLICK HERE for the preview video, in which she plays excerpts from the Rheinberger Passacaglia (Sonata 8, Op.132) and Rachel Laurin's Finale, Op.78.


Duxbury Rebuild Featured in
May 2018 TAO Magazine
April 24, 2018
Our recent rebuilding of the 1853 Simmons organ at First Parish in Duxbury, MA is the cover feature article in the May 2018 issue of The American Organist, the national magazine of the American Guild of Organists. CLICK HERE to read the article.
AOC 2017 NEWSLETTER
Now Posted Online
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2017 Newsletter.
Rheinberger Organ Sonatas
Bruce Stevens, Organist
Volume 5 Released
July 19, 2017
Raven Compact Discs has released Volume 5 of Bruce Steven's series of the Rheinberger organ sonatas. The disc features three sonatas (No.7 in F minor, No.9 in B minor, No.13 in E-Flat Major) played on three historic American organs: the 1860 E. & G.G. Hook at St. John's Catholic Church in Bangor, Maine; the 1898 Geo. Jardine & Son at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Haverstraw, New York; and the 1868 E. & G.G. Hook at Christ Episcopal Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. CLICK HERE for more information. Andover restored the latter two instruments and cares for all three.
AOC 2016 NEWSLETTER
Now Posted Online
January 01, 2017
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2016 Newsletter.
Round Lake Organ
is designated a
National Historic Landmark
On January 11, 2017 the 3 manual 1847 Davis & Ferris Organ in the Round Lake (NY) Auditorium was officially designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. It is the first pipe organ to receive this designation. Andover has maintained the organ since the 1960s.
1906 Jesse Woodberry
Organ Restoration
Lowell, Massachusetts
Andover has been contracted to restore the 1906 Jesse Woodberry organ at St. Patrick’s Church in Lowell, MA. With 3 manuals and 56 ranks, it is the largest organ built by Woodberry, and the largest surviving pipe organ in the City of Lowell. The instrument has been unplayable for nearly a decade. The project will be done in three stages (Console & Choir; Swell; Great & Pedal) over three years, starting this spring, with completion by early 2020.
Opus R-500 Featured in
October 2015 TAO Magazine
Opus R-500, at Saint John's Seminary in Brighton, is the cover feature article in the October 2015 issue of The American Organist, the national magazine of the American Guild of Organists. CLICK HERE to read the article about the rebuilding of the organ.
AOC 2015 NEWSLETTER
CLICK HERE to read the online version of Andover's 2015 Newsletter.
Opus R-205B
Reinstallation Video
In 2013 we restored the 1895 (II/9) Hutchings organ at First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA. A church member made a stop-action video of Jonathan Ross and Andrew Hagberg reinstalling the pipework. Click here to see the video.
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Opus R-394A
Cathedral of the Holy Cross (32' Bourdon)
E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings, Opus 801, 1875
Boston, Massachusetts
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In January-February 2011 we repaired the largest pipes of the Pedal 32’ Contra Bourdon in the 101-rank 1875 E. & G. G. Hook & Hastings Organ, Opus 801, at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. This was no simple task! These huge wooden pipes – the largest of which is 15’ tall, with an inside measure of 15 inches x 19 inches and a weight of nearly 300 pounds – stand at the back of the organ. To get them out for repairs it was necessary to first remove some of the other 16’ and 8’ Pedal ranks which line the sides of the case. Our team consisting of Dave Zarges, Al Hosman, Matthew Bellocchio and Project Team Leader Mike Eaton then rigged an electric winch inside the organ to lift these heavy pipes up and out.

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Instead of taking these huge pipes back to our shop, which would have been very costly, we set up a repair workshop in the adjoining tower room. Many pipes had large cracks down the lengths of their wooden walls. Dave and Al routed out the cracked areas and glued in new wood splines to seal the pipe walls. Meanwhile, the pipe stoppers were brought to our shop, where Fay Morlock and Matthew Bellocchio repacked the stoppers with new felt and leather, and replaced the rotted rope handles.

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The pipes were reinstalled and tuned in time for the instrument’s annual "Organ Birthday Concert" on February 15th. Leo Abbot, who on April 1, 2011 celebrated his 25th year as the cathedral’s Music Director and Organist, commented that this was probably the first time in living memory that these pipes have sounded!