In 1996, Bozeman & Company celebrated its first quarter-century of building fine organs. We are currently working on Opus 66 for First United Methodist Church, Denton, Texas.
The firm was founded by George Bozeman, Jr. in 1971, and was located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Shortly afterwards David Gibson became a partner and project numbers 2-24 carry the name of Bozeman-Gibson. In 1976 the firm moved to a solar-heated barn in Deerfield, New Hampshire. In 1983 George Bozeman, Jr. became sole proprietor.
So far as we know, all of our projects, excepting one instrument in storage awaiting flood damage repairs, are still where we put them, still doing what their clients intended they should do.
George Bozeman, Jr. is a native of Texas. He majored in organ performance under the late Dr. Helen Hewitt at North Texas University in Denton. Following college he apprenticed as an organbuilder with Otto Hofmann of Austin, one of the pioneers of the tracker revival in the United States. He worked with the late Joseph E. Blanton in an effort to develop a standard model one-manual organ, and at the same time received a thorough grounding in architectural matters relating to the organ. Then he was employed by the firm of SipeYarbrough which later became Robert L. Sipe & Company of Dallas. He was a vicepresident of the latter firm when he left in 1967 for a Fulbright grant in Austria. There he studied organ with the late Anton Heiller, harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm, and organbuilding with Joseph Mertin. He also began the study of European organs, new and old, which now encompasses those of some 13 western European nations.
On returning to the United States, Bozeman was employed by the Noack Organ Company in Massachusetts. In 1971 he founded his own firm in Lowell, Massachusetts. In addition to organbuilding, he has continued an active career in musical performance. For many years a practicing church musician, he now frequently substitutes for organists in New England, and has peformed as a recitalist all across the United States and in Canada and Mexico. He is an active member of the Boston and New Hampshire chapters of the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Institute of Organ Builders, and the International Society of Organbuilders. He also is a frequent contributor to The Diapason, The American Organist and The Tracker.
George Bozeman, Jr. and Co.
P.O. Box 22, Deerfield NH 03037
41 Raymond Road, Deerfield NH 03037
603 463 7407 Fax: 603 463 9065