About Luley & Associates
Luley & Associates pipe organ company was incorporated in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Peter J. Luley in 1983. Over the past three decades the firm has provided newly constructed pipe organs, additions to existing instruments, comprehensive rebuilds, pipe revoicing, consoles, 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 30 ranks, to large scale reconstructions well over 100 ranks.
Our instruments are typically 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 the functions of a concert instrument and church choral 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 (which were constructed by pipe organ factories in the industry boom years of the late 1950's and early 1960's), 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.
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. Since 1990 he has been the Organist/Choirmaster of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Highland Park, leading a large traditional music program that includes a thirty-five-voice parish choir, a vibrant children’s Chorister program, and a twenty-four voice Schola Cantorum.
Joseph Tuttle, vice-president
Our Vice-President is Joseph Tuttle joined the company in 2006, and focuses on all aspects of shop work as well as voicing, tuning, and field maintenance. Tuttle holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Organ and Sacred Music from Duquesne University, and since 2014 has been Organist and Choir Director at St. John's Lutheran Church of Highland in Pittsburgh.
Ed Helgerman (also a former employee of M. P. Moller), has over thirty years of experience in nearly every aspect of shop work and mechanical design. Before joining Luley & Associates he served as the Rebuild Foreman for M.P. Moller.
Jeff Donnelly joined the company in 2012 and focuses on pipe restoration and console cabinetry.
Matthew Radican joined the company in 2015 and focuses on carpentry, wiring, architectural design, and designing and fabricating our cases and consoles.
Jon Tyillian is the newest addition to our team. He joined the company in 2017 as a new shop assistant and focuses on carpentry, wiring, and graphic design. When not mired in sawdust he is working in our business office and maintaining the company website. Jon is currently the Assistant Organist at Calvary Episcopal Church in here in Pittsburgh, and accompanies various soloists and choral groups.