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BuilderID 2486

Builder Identification

Providence, Québec , 1946-1985; Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec , since 1985.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, September 6, 2016. —

    Founded in 1946 as Orgue Providence in the village of La Providence, Québec . The partnership between Maurice Guilbault and Antonio Delage started as an organ supply firm and gradually expanded into building organs. Andre Guilbault, son of Maurice, joined the firm in 1955. After Maurice retired, Andre became head of the firm. Guy Therien, a voicer at Casavant, joined the firm in 1968, and later became a partner. In 1969, the firm began building mechanical action instruments, although it also continued to construct and service electropnuematic organs.

    The firm name was changed to Guilbault-Therien in 1978. The firm relocated to St. Hyacinthe, Québec in 1985. Andre retired in 1992, Alain Guilbault (no relation) became a partner and continued the firm with Guy Therien until Therien's death in 2001. Alain Guilbault then reconstituted the firm with new partners as Guilbault Bellvance Carignan.

    Sources:

    • Richard Kassel, "Guilbault-Therien", The Organ: An Encyclopedia, edited by Douglas Earl Bush, Richard Kassel (New York, Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2006), 234.
    • Antoine Bouchard,"Guilbault-Therien Inc," The Canadian Encylopedia 0n-line, (Toronto, Historica Canada, published 2008, last edited 2013), http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/m/article/guilbault-therien-inc-emc/. Accessed August 19, 2015.
    • Musique Orgue Québec "Guy Therien", http://www.musiqueorguequebec.ca/orgues/facteurs.html#Thérien. Accessed August 19, 2015.

     

  • / / / / Archived Note / / / /
    The following note is from a previous version of this entry; it has been superseded by the note above, which contains new information or corrects errors or inaccuracies.
  • Archived Note from the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders, by David H. Fox (Richmond, Va.: Organ Historical Society, 1991). —

    Established by Maurice Guilbault and Antonio Delage in Saint-Hyacinthe, Québec , Canada, 1946; renamed when Guy Thérien became partner; active in 1985.

    Staff: David Baker; André Guilbault.

    Source:

    • The American Organist, May 1985, 59.
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Database Entries

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Builder's Nameplate. Photograph, ca. 2007, courtesy of The Vineer Organ Library