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Lifelong Fascination Inspires Gift

Submitted by Humanities Web Project on March 9, 2021 - 4:00pm
Paul Fritts working on an organ being built in his shop.
Paul Fritts, organ builder and donor to the University of Washington School of Music

As a child, Paul Fritts helped his father build pipe organs as a hobby. He recalls looking through his father’s books on the topic, intrigued by photos of organs dating back to the 1500s. “I was bitten by the bug early on,” he says. “I became fascinated with the legacy of the instrument.”

Paul Fritts "voices" an organ being built in his shop, making subtle adjustments to achieve the desired sound.
Media credit: Courtesy of Paul Fritts & Co. Organ Builders

Fritts and a skilled team have since created custom instruments for churches, residences, and universities in the US and abroad through his company, Paul Fritts & Co. Organ Builders. Among their projects is the Littlefield Organ at the University of...

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