Sainte-Rosalie, Quebec, Canada 1979; Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, from 1988.
From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, Mar 29, 2016 —
Ferdinand Létourneau founded Orgues Létourneau in January of 1979 in Ste-Rosalie, Québec. The company's first instrument was a six-stop practice organ with mechanical key and stop actions for the Conservatoire de musique in Hull, Québec. Contracts followed over the next decade for new instruments in Australia and Canada. The firm relocated to Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec in 1988. Opus 27 (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan) was the first Létourneau instrument installed in the United States.
In addition to churches and educational institutions, the firm has built large concert hall instruments: Legacy Hall at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia and a 122-rank concert organ at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, Alberta. The firm has completed Opus 128 for The Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village, New York City, New York. They are currently (January 2016) building two instruments: Opus 129 is a 75-rank electropneumatic instrument for the First Presbyterian Church of Tuscaloosa Alabama, and Opus 130, a 19-rank mechanical key action instrument destined for Winchester, Virginia.
Orgues Létourneau has a full time staff of 24. Principals are:
Fernand Létourneau, President Andrew Forrest, Artistic Director Georges Trépanier, General Manager Sylvain Létourneau, Technical Director Claude Demers, Company Artist (Designer & Sculptor) François Carrier, Technical Designer Jocelyn Berthiaume, Head Flue Voicer Michel Godbout, Head Reed Voicer
From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —
Organized in Sainte-Rosalie, Quebec, Canada in 1979 by Fernand Létourneau and relocated to Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, by 1988.
Staff: Yvan Blouin; Denis Campbell; Jean-Paul Létourneau; Sylvan Létourneau; Jean-François Mailhot; Dudley Oakes.
We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on November 09, 2019.