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BuilderID 923

Builder Identification

New York City, New York, 1964-1994.

Additional Notes

  • From the OHS PC Database, derived from A Guide to North American Organbuilders by David H. Fox (Organ Historical Society, revised ed. 1997). —

    With Aeolian-Skinner firm of Boston, Massachusetts; partner with Gilbert F. Adams in Adams-Bufano Organ Co. of New York City, New York, 1963-1965; established his own firm, 1987; died 6 July 1994 in New York City, New York.


    • Barbara Owen.
    • Music, (American Guild of Organists, Oct. 1967), 37.
    • Uwe Pape, The Tracker Organ Revival in America, (Berlin: Pape Verlag, 1978), 409.
    • Elizabeth Towne Schmitt.
    • American Organist, October 1989, 66.

  • From the OHS Database Builders Listing editor, November 17, 2016. —

    Anthony Bufano was born in 1941, he died 6 July 1994 in New York City, New York.

    Anthony Bufano began his career with Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. of Boston, Massachusetts; He was a foreman at the Aeolian-Skinner facility in Boston, and while there, he supervised the installation of several instruments in New York City, including the organ at Philharmonic Hall in Lincoln Center. Leaving Aeolian-Skinner, he became curator of the organ at the Riverside Church in Manhattan, a position he held for more than 30 years until his death. From 1965 to 1967, Bufano with the assistance of other organbuilders undertook a major rebuild of the Riverside organ; the five-manual console was rebuilt at this time. Throughout his tenure, Bufano continued to alter and augment the organ until it became the second largest pipe organ in New York City.

    Bufano was also a partner in Adams-Bufano Organ Co. of New York City, New York, with with Gilbert F. Adams (another Aeolian-Skinner alumnus). Their partnership was from 1963 to 1965; afterwards each establish his own firm: Bufano in 1987.

    While he also built organs himself, Bufano is most often remembered for installing and maintaining many of the large Aeolian-Skinner organs in New York City, in addition to Riverside, he was also associated with the grand Aeolian-Skinner instruments at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Church of the Epiphany, and the Metropolitan Opera House.


    • David H. Fox, "Anthony Bufano" A Guide to North America Organ Builders (Organ Historical Society, revised ed. 1997), 84-85.
    • Obituary: "Anthony Bufano; Organ Curator, 53" The New York Times July 10, 1994.
    • The Riverside Church. “Music & Events/Organ”, accessed Nov 17, 2015.

  • See entries at Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. and Adams-Bufano.
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      The Riverside Church. “Music & Events/Organ.”
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