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Fernand Létourneau hands over the baton after 40 years of operation

Harriet Clifford

All change at Létourneau Pipe Organs

10:29, 7th November 2019

After 40 years of continuous operation, Létourneau Pipe Organs’ founder has handed over the baton to Dr Dudley Oakes.

The role, which came into effect on 5 November 2019, sees Oakes working alongside the existing management team as president and owner of the Canadian company. He takes over from Fernand Létourneau, who began working in the pipe organ industry in 1965 and founded his own company in 1979. His achievements include being awarded the Royal Canadian College of Organists’ Prize of Excellence in 2016.

Oakes has been with Létourneau since 1987 and holds a Doctorate in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, while continuing to perform around Europe and North America. Speaking of his new position, he said: ‘Fernand Létourneau’s contribution to modern organ building in North America is indisputable and he can proudly point to a legacy of beautiful instruments, appreciative clients, and his stellar team. It is a privilege to see this exceptional company into its next 40 years.’

Létourneau Pipe Organs is a global organ builder based in Québec, having designed and built 132 Létourneau pipe organs for clients across the world. The company prides itself in its clean voicing, the sensitivity and responsiveness of its key actions and the quality of its construction. Past projects include instruments for Pembroke College, Oxford (UK), St Andrew’s Anglican Cathedral, Sydney (Australia) and the First Presbyterian Church, Greensboro (US).

Fernand Létourneau will remain involved in the daily operation to ensure a smooth transition period to the new owner.


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