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Distinction:

Houston, Texas, 1973-1999; (became Visser & Associates, Tomball Texas, 1999.)
Classification: Builder

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May 07, 2018:

For further information, see: Visser & Associates, Pieter Visser and Jan R. Rowland

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

May 07, 2018:

Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va., Organ Historical Society, 1991, rev. ed. 1997). —

Partnership of Pieter Visser, Jan R. Rowland, S. H. Dembinsky in Houston, Texas, 1973; Rowland left firm 1986; active 1996.

Staff: Stephen Collins; Jackson Culp; Brian Davis; Charles Eames; Gabriel Gutierrez; Robert Holsch; Stephan Hoover; Mark Hotsenpiller; John Huening; Nancy Lennard; Howard Maple; Dana Nagy; Patrick Quigley; James Sanborn; Kathleen A. Schmidt; Kathy Timler; Thomas Turner; Vernon H. White; Ronald Williams.

Sources:

  • The Diapason April 1974, 13.
  • The American Organist April 1989, 75.
  • The American Organist August 1993, 45.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 16, 2019.

October 30, 2004:

From Organ Database Builders editor Stephen Hall, October 16, 2019. —

Visser-Rowland Associates (1973-1999), original name of the firm which became Visser & Associates of Tomball, Texas, in 1999.

Visser-Rowland Associates was established by Pieter Visser, Jan R. Rowland, and S. H. Dembinsky in Houston, Texas, in 1973. The firm was part of the organ reform movement which saw a return to mechanical key-action instruments, and a tonal design based on North European organs of the 17th century.

Rowland left the firm in 1986, but the name remained the same until 1999 when it was changed to Visser & Assoc. and the shop moved to Tomball, Texas.

Staff: Stephen Collins; Jackson Culp; Brian Davis; Charles Eames; Gabriel Gutierrez; Robert Holsch; Stephan Hoover; Mark Hotsenpiller; John Huening; Nancy Lennard; Howard Maple; Dana Nagy; Patrick Quigley; James Sanborn; Kathleen A. Schmidt; James Steinborn; Kathy Timler; Thomas Turner; Vernon H. White; Ronald Williams.

Sources:

  • David H. Fox
  • Orpha Ochse, The History of the Organ in the United States (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1975),
  • Email from James Steinborn, received August 16, 2018.

 

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on October 16, 2019.

Database Specs:

  • 127 Organs
  • 0 Divisions
  • 1 Consoles

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