Bigelow, Michael L.
- Barbara Owen
(b Annapolis, MD, Dec 7, 1946). American organ builder. After graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in architecture, he studied organs informally in America and Europe before serving an apprenticeship with John Brombaugh for four years. In 1978 he opened his own workshop in Provo, Utah, to build mechanical-action organs based on historical northern European tonal principles, and in 1984 moved to a larger workshop in American Fork, Utah. A characteristic of some of his smaller two-manual organs is his unique ‘either-or’ stop action whereby three-position stop knobs allow the organist to use any stop on either of the two manuals, or to put it off altogether. An example of this type of organ, housed in a decorated case of classical design, was built in 1987 for the Mormon Church in Provo. Among Bigelow's larger instruments are those built for First Congregational Church, Oroville, California (...