Xaver Wilhelmy directs the redesign and restoration of keyboard instruments and directs production of glass organ pipes for instruments around the world.
The purpose of the pipe organ is to inspire. Our purpose is to serve the instrument that serves the community.
Wilhelmy is in frequent demand as a consultant, pipe organ conservationist, and is often called upon to diagnose especially challenging instrument defects and malfunctions.
Xaver Wilhelmy’s 30 year career with musical instruments began with a pipe organ building apprenticeship with Caspar Glatter-Götz at Rieger Orgelbau in Schwarzach, Austria. He continued his theoretical training at Oscar Walcker Orgelbau Schule in Ludwigsburg, Germany. He returned to Austria to work with Rieger until 1988, servicing and tuning existing instruments and installing and voicing new ones in Italy, Austria, Germany, Liberia, and the United States.
In 1988 he joined Fehrle en Roeleveld Orrelbouers outside of Johannesburg, as voicer, tuner, reed-manufacturer, and trainer.
In 1994 when the economy dropped in South Africa, Wilhelmy immigrated to the United States where he became Pipe Shop Foreman at Taylor & Boody Organ Builders, Staunton, Virginia until 1997 when he started his own organ redesign and restoration firm.
Wilhelmy teaches pipe organ fundamentals and innovation at The Wilhelmy School, in Staunton, Virginia.
Wilhelmy lives with his wife, Carmen, their mystery-mutt dog, and a collection of vintage automobiles, in Staunton, Virginia, USA.