About Luley Organ Company
Luley Organ Company was incorporated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Peter J. Luley in 1983. For nearly 40 years the firm has provided newly constructed pipe organs, additions to existing instruments, comprehensive rebuilds, pipe revoicing, console replacements, repairs, as well as tuning and regular maintenance for institutions across western Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas. Our projects have ranged from smaller instruments of 15 ranks of pipes or less, to medium-sized instruments around 35 ranks, to large scale reconstructions well over 100 ranks.
Our instruments are custom voiced in the English Romantic style, characterized by rich Diapason choruses capped by strong quint Mixtures, warm and clear articulate flutes, lush strings, and bold, full, round chorus and solo reeds. President and Tonal Director Peter Luley has traveled extensively throughout England studying the construction and voicing of English Romantic pipe organs by builders such as Henry "Father" Willis, T.C. Lewis, and Harrison & Harrison. Our goal is to provide instruments that are both artistic and practical, being able to perform equally well the functions of a concert instrument and church accompaniment instrument.
The company’s focus in recent years, and for the future, is to concentrate on a very special niche in this industry, in which we can operate very efficiently. Given the reality of an ever-increasing stock of redundant pipe organs, as well as an increasing number of instruments in need of major work and tonal improvement, we are well positioned to engage in projects to build or rebuild an instrument to the highest possible artistic and mechanical standard, with attention to detail and the specific needs of the customer.
We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have about our services, instruments, and products. Please see the Contact Us page for more information.
The Luley Team
Peter J. Luley, president & tonal director
President Peter Luley has always had a fascination with pipe organs and church music. A native of Pittsburgh, he studied Music and Electrical Engineering at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and was the Assistant Organist of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Pittsburgh from 1982 to 1988. He founded Luley Organ Company in 1983, and from 1985 to 1992 served as the regional representative for M.P. Möller in Western Pennsylvania. During his time with Möller, Luley worked alongside Tonal Director Daniel Angerstein and Associate Tonal Director Irv Lawless on several prestigious installations including National City Christian Church and the University of Florida.
Joseph Tuttle, vice-president
Our Vice-President Joseph Tuttle joined the company in 2006, and focuses on all aspects of shop work including pipe restoration, voicing, carpentry, and wiring, as well as tuning, and field maintenance. Tuttle holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Organ and Sacred Music from Duquesne University, and since 2014 has served as Organist and Choir Director at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland in Pittsburgh.
Jon Tyillian, business manager
Our business manager Jon Tyillian joined the company in 2017 as a shop assistant. Jon focuses on carpentry, wiring, and graphic design. When not mired in sawdust or crawling through an organ chamber, Jon serves as the Assistant Organist at Calvary Episcopal Church in here in Pittsburgh, and regularly accompanies various vocal and instrumental soloists and choral groups.
Ed Helgerman, shop steward and leatherwork
Ed Helgerman has over thirty five years of experience in the pipe organ business in nearly every aspect of shop work and mechanical design. From 1988 to 1990 he served as the Rebuild Foreman for M.P. Moller. He specializes in leathering, wiring, and carpentry.
Rich Luley, finish carpentry and shop design
When he is not working as an emergency medicine physician, currently with UPMC, Peter’s brother Rich has been working with the company behind the scenes for over 20 years. As a lifelong, self-taught woodworker, Rich builds wind chests, case work and other structural components.
Having set up three previous wood shops, Rich brought his skills to bear in the layout and set up of the company’s new operation in Millvale Pennsylvania in 2020.