Edward Odell, CAIO is the great-great grandson of Caleb Sherwood Odell, one of the founders of this firm. Edward began working with pipe organs from a very young age, accompanying his father and uncle on jobs around the New York metropolitan area.
Edward returned to organbuilding after attending Auburn University. He was hired by Austin Organs, Inc., of Hartford, Connecticut in 1996. In recognition of his overall skill as an organbuilder was promoted to Foreman in 1999, this after working in most of the company's major departments.
Having left Hartford in 2002, Edward now devotes himself esclusively to the work of his family’s historic firm. In addition to management, his responsibilities at J.H. & C.S. Odell include mechanical and visual design work, cabinet making, voicing, and tonal finishing.
Edward holds membership in American Institute of Organbuilders at the Colleague level, and is currently pursuing a Fellow application.
A dedicated professional who has been active in the AIO for over 10 years, Edward has contributed significantly to the organization's activities. These efforts include acting as 2004 National Convention Chair and ongoing service to the Education Committee. Edward also works on the AIO Outreach Committee and coordinates efforts with the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America.
As a volunteer for the AGO, Edward served as Exhibits Chair for two recent regional conventions and has been appointed Chair for Exhibits for the 2014 AGO National Convention, which will be held in Boston.
In addition to work in convention planning and exhibition, Edward has participated in discussion panels for the AIO, written articles for both The Diapason and the Journal of American Organbuilding and lectured for AGO and NPM.
Edward is married to Susan Bridgewater Odell, an Architect who specializes in classical and residential work. They live together in East Haddam, Connecticut and are members of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
A limited list of Edward's published work may be found here.