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Four interesting books have been written about Schoenstein & Co. history and work.




Magnum Opus by John Longhurst
A 209-page illustrated account of building the Schoenstein organ at the Conference Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City along with a recorded demonstration of the organ, may be purchased from: The Organ Historical Society (804) 353-9226,




Schoenstein & Co. Organs by Orpha Ochse
A 160 page account of the second century of our history along with an analysis of tonal designs including the concept of the Symphonic organ and special designs for unusual situations. Available from: The Organ Historical society (804) 353-9226,




Memoirs of a San Francisco Organ Builder by Louis J. Schoenstein
This is a 686 page period account of our first century by a son of our founder. Written with charm and wit, it captures the spirit of the era and paints a vivid picture of organ building in a time of great change.

This book published by Cue Publications, San Francisco, 1977, is out of print. A few special edition copies may be available from Schoenstein & Co. Used copies are often available on It may be found in many libraries.




The Mormon Tabernacle Organ by Barbara Owen
This 116 page illustrated book tells the history of one of the world’s most famous organs including the 1984-88 renovation work by our firm. Published by The American Classic Organ Symposium, Salt Lake City in 1990, it is now out of print, but is often available from It is also found in many libraries