Numerous craftspeople who are experts in these materials oversee a complex process which, depending on the scope of the project, can last from 2,000 to nearly 40,000 hours.
All Casavant Frères organs are designed and built in our workshops. The metal is melted on site; the wood is carefully chosen to create the different parts (windchest, structure, facade, wooden pipes...); our voicers listen to the instrument so that it can display the full range of its expressiveness, from the most hushed sounds to the most brilliant chords. At each stage, our various experts maintain a constant dialogue which results in close collaboration, essential to the success of each instrument.
With an average of more than twenty years of experience, Casavant craftspeople have learned to work on instruments of all sizes, from 500 pipes to more than 10,000, and have met many challenges related to musicality, technique and architecture over time. Through a system of apprenticeship, they share their unique know-how with their young counterparts, which combines mastery of ancestral techniques and a permanent desire for innovation.
This beautiful chapel was once home to an Estey organ installed in a small chamber, behind elegant carved casework.The new organ will be installed in the same chamber, and the mechanical console will be integrated into the original case.
For this project, we have the opportunity to tonally design the instrument with a meantone temperament, a first for us in a number of years.
Fitting eleven stops in this rather small chamber requires a disciplined approach to designing the instrument effectively, for optimal sound egress into the room and to making sure it is easy to tune.
Beijing is one of the most vibrant musical capitals in the world. Recitals, concerts, operas, music education, etc., draw an ever-growing number of music aficionados. The truly spectacular new hall of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, in the sought-after district of Sanlitun, was designed by MAD Architects of international repute.
The new four-manual organ, which was visually designed after the shape of a lotus flower, will be the recognizable signature of the concert hall. The first true French Symphonic organ to be installed in the Chinese capital, this instrument will for sure become one of the favourite concert hall organs in Asia.
The seat of the Bishop of Macau, the Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady is a historical building in the Baroque style. Designing a new organ for this magnificent space presented an interesting challenge. The main four-manual organ is installed at the back of the Sanctuary in two narrow cases framing the High Altar and stained-glass windows, with a horizontal Trompette pontificale in between the two cases.
The elaborate casework with carvings was designed and built by our craftspeople. The Antiphonal division, based on a Violonbasse 16’, is located between windows in the back gallery.
Bucheon Arts Center, Casavant Opus 3950
The Inspiration Organ
The Rubenstein Family Organ, Casavant Opus 3899
The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique's 5th anniversary, Casavant Opus 3900