Our History

Each NOACK ORGAN is an individual entity, designed and built for the specific needs of its own setting. And yet, all Noack organs are the result of our commitment to superb quality in concept, design and workmanship. We believe it to be our task to use our clients’ resources efficiently, to the end of creating beautiful and lasting instruments that serve their owners’ needs and traditions well. Ongoing study of the finest works of the art of organ building in Europe as well as in America supplies us with fresh ideas and helps us deepen our knowledge. Each of our organs reflects in its own way added experiences and fresh thoughts gained from research.

Fritz Noack opened his workshop in 1960 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, with the stated goal of building first-rate organs. In most instances that meant building organs with tracker action, a clear break with tradition at that time. Also, wherever possible, a free-standing hardwood case was used and material and workmanship have always been the best possible, far exceeding customary standards. The organ for Unity Church in St. Paul, MN was one of the earliest three-manual tracker organ made in America in modern times.

The workshop was moved to larger quarters in Andover in 1965. In 1970 we purchased the historic old schoolhouse in Georgetown, to which we added a large setup room a couple of years later. This pleasant environment helps us to build organs in a relaxed but focused way. The staff of The Noack Organ Co. has purposely been limited to about seven people. More than a dozen organ builders, including the principals of some of Americas other artistically leading firms, have received their training here. The present staff members have an average of over fifteen years of experience.

Today we look back proudly onto an opus list of over 140 organs in all parts of the United States, as well as Japan and Iceland. We look forward to a bright future of building ever more refined organs.

FRITZ NOACK apprenticed from 1954-58 with Rudolf von Beckerath in Hamburg, Germany, and worked with Klaus Becker, Ahrend & Brunzema and Charles Fisk prior to founding The Noack Organ Company in 1960. A fellow of the AIO, member of the AGO, OHS and GDO. He was President of the International Society of Organ Builders (ISO) from 2000 to 2006.

DIDIER GRASSIN is native of Poitiers, France, home of the grand Clicquot organ. His professional path took him through European workshops before becoming a freelance designer and later joining Casavant Frères as Director of the Tracker Department. His designs can be seen in England, France, Japan, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He was Vice-President of the International Society of Organ Builders from 2010 to 2014.

ERIC KENNEY attended Berkelee College of Music before joining our firm in 1976. His broad organ shop management experience (plus two years production supervisor at Falconi Pianos) is a tremendous asset.

DEAN SMITH studied sculpture at Mass. College for Art and Design (BFA) and has been our consummate wood artist (casework, carving, wood pipes) since 2000, except for a year with "daughter" firm H&H woodworking.

DAVID ROONEY (BM organ perf., Westminster) since 2001 does pipe making and much of our tonal finishing. He is in charge of our extensive service business. David is also a professional organist.

AARON TELLERS (BS in bus. adm. Gannon U) is the fifth generation member of his distinguished Erie, PA, organ building family. With the NOC since 2007, he excels in building any complex organ parts and elegant wiring.

MARY BETH DIGENOVA accompanied various choirs before getting her BS (Mech. Eng. and Music) from MIT. After a brief stint in aerospace, her love of music led her to be a voicer and all-round organ builder with us.

THE NOACK TEAM is excited that Didier is now taking Fritz’s place leading the firm with enthusiasm and a wealth of experience and new ideas, while Fritz will still be assisting with tonal design and voicing.

The Noack Organ Company, Inc., is a member firm of the the International Society of Organ Builders ISO, of which Fritz Noack was elected president from 2000 to 2006.