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Bozeman, George, Jr locked

  • Barbara Owen
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(b Pampa, TX, Nov 10, 1936). American organ builder and organist. Bozeman studied organ performance at North Texas State College (now University of North Texas), but left in 1959 before finishing a degree to apprentice in organ building with Otto Hofmann of Austin, Texas. In 1962 he began working with the architect and organ historian Joseph E. Blanton in Victoria, Texas, to develop organ designs. He also did freelance organ work, and in 1965 entered the employ of Sipe-Yarbrough of Dallas, working under Robert L. Sipe, ultimately becoming vice-president of the firm. In 1967 Bozeman received a Fulbright scholarship to study organ and harpsichord performance in Vienna with Anton Heiller and Isolde Ahlgrimm, and organ building with Joseph Mertin (1904–98). He also travelled extensively in Europe, visiting and documenting organs. Upon his return in 1968 he went to work for Fritz Noack.

In 1971 Bozeman established his own shop in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the following year entered into partnership with David V. Gibson (b Waco, TX, 1944) under the name Bozeman, Gibson & Company. The business was moved to Deerfield, New Hampshire, in 1976. The partnership dissolved in 1982, and in 1983 Bozeman became sole proprietor as George Bozeman Jr & Company. The firm specialized in new mechanical-action organs and renovation of historical instruments. Significant examples of its output are at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Brookline, Massachusetts (1983); South Church, Andover, Massachusetts (1987); Eliot Congregational Church, Newton, Massachusetts (1988); First United Methodist Church, Denton, Texas (1998); and an organ based on the designs of Gottfried Silbermann for SUNY Stony Brook (1984; moved 2011 to Peace Community Church, Oberlin, OH). Bozeman also built several small organs to a stock design called ‘Cortez’, named after his first new instrument, finished in 1974 for St Barnabas Episcopal Church, Cortez, Colorado. He retired in 1998, having constructed 31 new organs and completed more than 40 restoration, rebuilding, or enlargement projects. He has since devoted himself to giving organ recitals, writing reviews for organ journals, and consulting.

See also Noack, fritz .

Bibliography

  • G. Bozeman: ‘The Hook on the River’, The Tracker, vol.25 (1980), 76–81
  • L. Edwards, ed.: The Historical Organ in America (Hadley, MA, 1992)