Bedient, Gene R.
- Barbara Owen
(b Alliance, NE, Aug 23, 1944). American organ builder. After graduating from the University of Nebraska, he was apprenticed to Charles McManis of Kansas City and in 1969 established his own firm in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1971 he received the master’s degree from the same university; one of his first organs was built for the Wesley Foundation there in 1975. Bedient’s earlier organs were strongly influenced by historic north German models and were usually tuned in non-equal temperaments. By the 1980s Bedient was also building organs in the French classic style (St Mark’s Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1985) and the French romantic style (Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tennessee, 1989) as well as more ecletic organs. Other notable organs include those at Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin (1982) and Queen’s College, New York (1991). The firm also builds a line of pre-designed one- and two-manual organs for small churches....