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Designers and Craftspeople Working Towards an Unrivalled Work of Art


From the first sketch to the final voicing

At the crossroads of music, sculpture and architecture, each organ is a unique work of art combining monumentality and evanescence with the warmth of fine woods and the radiance of metals.

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.

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Work In Progress

Opus 3951, Palm Harbor

Palm Harbor, Florida, USASt. Alfred Episcopal Church III-28/33Electric Slider Action Opus 3951

Palm Harbor, Florida, USA
St. Alfred Episcopal Church
Electric Slider Action
Opus 3951
We are very pleased to announce that we have been commissioned to build a new three-manual organ (III-28/33) for St. Alfred’s Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor, Florida, USA. The space is prepared already for the installation of the Great and Pedal divisions on elevated platforms at the back of the choir loft. The Swell division will be installed in the existing chamber, in close proximity to the choir. A well-developed Antiphonal will be installed above the entrance doors, thus creating a surround sound in the good acoustics of the room. The new organ will be completed in 2023.
Opus 3950, Bucheon

Bucheon, South KoreaBucheon Culture and Arts Center IV-63/83Mechanical action, with second moveable console Opus 3950

Bucheon, South Korea
Bucheon Culture and Arts Center
Mechanical action, with second moveable console
Opus 3950
The construction of the new four-manual organ (IV-63/83; with dual mechanical and electric actions) for the Bucheon Culture and Arts Center of Bucheon, South Korea, is progressing well in our workshops. The organ is tonally designed in the French Symphonic style, for use with orchestra and large choirs. The visually-striking organ façade will become the signature of the hall. The installation is scheduled for early 2023.
Opus 3949, Holland

Holland, Michigan, USAHope College II-4/4Mechanical action Opus 3949

Holland, Michigan, USA
Hope College
Mechanical action
Opus 3949
At Hope College in Holland, Michigan, USA, we will complete the installation of a new Performance Organ (II-4/4). A practice instrument built with mechanical action, it allows the organist to vary independently the opening force (pluck) and the spring tension of the lower manual, to obtain a key action going from light to heavy.
Opus 3947, Westphalia

Westphalia, Texas, USAThe Church of the Visitation II-13/13Mechanical action Opus 3947

Westphalia, Texas, USA
The Church of the Visitation
Mechanical action
Opus 3947
After a devastating fire, the Church of the Visitation in Westphalia, Texas, USA, a historic parish founded by German immigrants in the 19th century, is building a new church modeled after the original one. The new mechanical-action organ (II-13/13) we designed with a highly-decorated Gothic-style case will be installed in the fall.
Opus 3946, Flower Mound

Flower Mound, Texas, USASt. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church II-35/43; prepared for IV-75/95Electric Slider Action Opus 3946

Flower Mound, Texas, USA
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
II-35/43; prepared for IV-75/95
Electric Slider Action
Opus 3946
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Flower Mound, Texas, USA, is completing the construction of the first phase of its awe-inspiring new church, which will be consecrated in February. As part of this magnificent project, we will install the first portion of the new French-style organ (II-35/43; prepared for IV-75/95) in the fall.
Opus 3944, Birmingham

Birmingham, Michigan, USALutheran Church of the RedeemerIII-26/32Electric Slider Action Opus 3944

Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Electric Slider Action
Opus 3944
As part of a major construction project, we will install a new organ (III-26/32; prepared for the addition of a 13-rank Choir division) in early summer at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Birmingham, Michigan, USA.
Opus 3937, Bloomfield Hills,

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA St. Dunstan’s Chapel at Christ Church Cranbrook II-11/11Mechanical Action Opus 3937

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA
St. Dunstan’s Chapel at Christ Church Cranbrook
Mechanical Action
Opus 3937

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.

Opus 3930, Beijing

Beijing, ChinaChina Philharmonic Concert HallIV-61/78Mechanical action, with second moveable consoleOpus 3930

Beijing, China
China Philharmonic Concert Hall
Mechanical action, with second moveable console
Opus 3930

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.

Opus 3925, Macau

Macau S.A.R., ChinaCathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady IV-43/54Electric Slider Action Opus 3925

Macau S.A.R., China
Cathedral of the Nativity of Our Lady
Electric Slider Action
Opus 3925

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, Bucheon, South Korea

Bucheon Arts Center, Casavant Opus 3950

Casavant Frères, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC

The Inspiration Organ

The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

The Rubenstein Family Organ, Casavant Opus 3899

Orchestra Symphonique de Montréal, Montréal, QC

The Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique's 5th anniversary, Casavant Opus 3900