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The organ in Merton College, Oxford was designed by Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

Harriet Clifford

Lynn Dobson retires from Dobson Pipe Organ Builders

5:28, 14th February 2020

On 15 February, Lynn Dobson retires from full-time employment at Dobson Pipe Organ Builders after 45 years as president and artistic director.

John A. Panning will take over as the owner and president of the organ builders based in Lake City, Iowa. In his retirement, Dobson will continue to work on the visual design of new organs and will remain involved in current projects.

Some of the most significant projects undertaken during Dobson’s tenure include the instrument in Los Angeles’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Philadelphia’s Verzion Hall, Merton College in Oxford (UK), and Saint Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue in New York.

Panning said, ‘It is hardly necessary to speak of Lynn’s influence in the organ world. He is widely acclaimed as one of the most gifted case designers of his generation, producing architecturally-sensitive designs that run the gamut from gothic to contemporary.’

Dobson Pipe Organ Builders are currently working on their Op.97, a three-manual instrument of 51 ranks for the University of Dubuque, as well as an organ for St Christopher’s Church in Chatham, Massachusetts and one for Saint James’s Church in Sydney, Australia.


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