David Salmen, owner of Salmen Organ Company, is now in his 28th year as an organ builder and pipe organ technician. David is a native and current resident of Wessington Springs, South Dakota. He routinely maintains over 120 organs in Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. In addition to this work, he has been partly responsible for the sale, design, installation/rebuilding or tonal finishing of approximately 140 pipe organs in a 20 state region. Following his bachelor’s degree in organ performance, he completed a pipe organ building apprenticeship where he received emphasis in voicing and tonal regulation, installation and maintenance of pipe organs. David is responsible for the tonal finishing of many premier American instruments, including Heinz Memorial Chapel, The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Westminster Presbyterian Church, Oklahoma City, OK; and University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, WA.
Salmen Organs also builds new pipe organs. Most recent projects include a three manual – 38 rank instrument for First Presbyterian Church, Minot; a two manual – 19 rank organ for Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Rapid City; a three manual – 48 rank instrument for the United Church of Christ Congregational, Yankton, South Dakota; a three manual – 40 rank organ for the American Lutheran Church, Milbank, South Dakota; and a three manual – 52 rank instrument for First Congregational, Boulder, Colorado. He has constructed a three manual – 62 rank pipe organ for his home.
As a practicing church musician, David approaches every organ building project as an extension of church music ministry. We invite your inquiry and would be pleased to assist you as a consultant, organ builder, or organ technician.
O Praise Ye the Lord