About


Geshenke is owned and operated by Carmen Shenk and features the talent and expertise of Xaver Wilhelmy, certified pipe organ builder.

Xaver Wilhelmy's 30 year career with musical instruments began with a pipe organ building apprenticeship in Schwarzach, Austria.  He continued his training in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  In time he would join a builder of large pipe organs in Johannesburg, and then became Pipe Shop Foreman at Virginia's own Taylor and Boody.

Wilhelmy also trained as a piano builder, as well as a luthier (guitar, violin, cello, etc).

Among his many innovations in the world of pipe organ building, Xaver Wilhelmy is the first in the world to create pipe organ pipes completely of glass.  Five hundred years of pipe organ building history, and there is still room for pipe organ innovation.


In recent years we have made the transition to designing and building glass pipe organ pipes.  We also offer pipe organ design and consulting services, and this is much like the work of an architect.  We work with various pipe organ builders to see innovative new designs come to light using the most innovate materials including pipe organ pipes made of glass and stone.

Contact us now to talk about your pipe organ project.