Marceau Pipe Organ Builders, Inc. | Opus 1History

Marceau & Associates Pipe Organ Builders began its life as a small tuning and maintenance company in 1980. The service route started out in Portland, but has since expanded to include the Willamette Valley, central and eastern Oregon, the Seattle metropolitan area, central and eastern Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

We maintain about 200 pipe organs, and this number continues to grow. These pipe organs constitute a wide variety of builders and styles, and this experience has been invaluable in the design and construction of our own instruments.

In the Fall of 1985, we were contacted to build a significant three manual and pedal pipe organ for a church in Portland, Oregon. Negotiations resulted in our first organ building contract for St. Michael's Lutheran Church. There is a significant difference between general tuning and maintenance and the building of pipe organs. In order to accomplish this, we found shop space to handle all of the construction and assembly aspects of organ building, and have been able to employ additional staff. The varied skills and experience of workers in the shop allow for simple to highly complex projects to be undertaken with good results. We have completed over twenty-five major projects through Opus XXIX, with Opus XXXI now underway for St. Therese's of Anchorage, Alaska.

While it is difficult to state one's philosophy on organ building in a brief statement, our goal is to build an instrument that will faithfully serve the needs of the Church, and be a source of inspiration for those who are moved by its music and visual relationship to the room.

Company Personnel

René A. Marceau - President/Tonal Director

Sean M. Haley - Associate

Tom Krisinski - Cabinet and Woodwork Manager

 

Hear Marceau Opus VII

Hear Marceau Opus VII as featured on PipeDreams in a performance by Barbara Harbach.

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See the shop in action

The shop, crew, and Opus IV, were the focus of a feature at Seattle Refined.

Read the article, and watch the video, here.

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