KNOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
KJR & Assoc. Inc. is one of the very few Canadian companies that specialize in the restoration of historic pipe-organs. Started in 1978 as a tuning and maintenance business, it has expanded over the years to include major restorations and rebuilds, working primarily in the Montreal area, as well as in the Ottawa Valley, the Maritimes, Southern Ontario and the Northeastern United States.
With its dedicated group of pipe-organ enthusiasts, who bring a wide variety of expertise to the craft of organ building, KJR & Assoc. Inc. prides itself in being able to provide impeccable personalized service to its clientele, at very competitive rates.
The company's well-equipped workshop and storage facility is situated near Lachute, Québec, conveniently located about an hour's drive from both Montreal and Ottawa.
Karl J. Raudsepp, the owner and supervising craftsman of KJR & Assoc. Inc., has taught Music History, Theory and Aural Perception at Concordia University, Montreal, since 1983. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music Theory from McGill University, and apprenticed with Hellmuth Wolff before forming KJR & Assoc. Inc.' As well, Karl is organist at St. John’s Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Montreal. He currently heads the Music program in the Theatre & Music Department at John Abbott College.
Karl has been very active in the organization of several Montreal pipe-organ conventions, notably the 1985 RCCO National Convention, and was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Fifth International Congress of Organists, ICO '93. From 1987 until 2009, he was the co-ordinator of the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition (formerly the John Robb Organ Competition) in Québec. As of 2005, Karl is also a member of the RCCO National Historic Organ Committee.
From June 2000 until June 2004, Karl served two terms as the President of the Montreal Centre of the RCCO. He was formally presented with the Distinguished Service Award by the Royal Canadian College of Organists, at the Winnipeg Convocation, on July 21, 2004. The Montreal Centre of the RCCO presented him with their Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
In 2008, Karl was awarded the Estonian-Canadian Medal of Merit for outstanding contributions to preserving and enhancing Estonian heritage and culture in Canada, and in 2011 he was presented with the “Koostöömedal” by the Archbishop of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Tallinn, for his contributions to Estonian church music.
As a consultant, he has
produced reports on over 30 historic pipe-organs and related organ
research in Québec, for the Ministère des Affaires culturelles,
Direction du Patrimoine. He is the author of The Organs of Montreal,
Vol. 1 and has written extensively about pipe-organs, organbuilders
and organ related topics (see Publications). His ongoing research
focuses on compiling a definitive biography of Samuel Russell Warren,
Canada's first organbuilder of international renown.