Theodor Frobenius was born in a small town Weikersheim in Bavaria Germany in 1885. His father was a wine keeper - wine cellar manager. When Theodor was thirteen years old he became an apprentice at August Laukhuff organbuilder (they still work actively). The Laukhuff organbuilder factory was located just across the street from his home. The apprenticeship was four years, and after a further year Theodor left  Weikhersheim to travel around and work in other workshops. Back then it was common for young journeymen to travel around in Europe work in different places in order to acquire a comprehensive knowledge and skills. For Theodor it was for three and a half years in various German workshops. Along the way he met a Danish organ builder companion A.C. Zachariassen, who later take over an organ builder workshop in Aarhus (Denmark) and Theodor traveled to Denmark to work with him. The plan was that he stays for a year or two, but it went quite different. During the renovation of the organ in Viborg Cathedral, he met his future wife, and the plan to travel back to Germany has vanished.  
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Theodor Frobenius på  Aarhus 1908

Establishing of the company
In 1909 Theodore Frobenius take the management of a new organbuilder workshop as the Copenhagen piano manufacturer Chr. Winther expanded his business. The organ building was housed in an old dismantled mill in Nørrebro in Copenhagen. The first task was the building a six-voice organ for Harboøre Church, the works were started by an accredited organ builder but never finished and in fact it was a whole new instrument. They continued to work with two smaller organs, and then they got a contract for the construction of to major, larger organs (17 and 22 voices) in Godhåbskirken in Frederiksberg and Gustaf Church (the Church of Sweden in Copenhagen). Thus the way was open for new and larger tasks, including organs to Aalborg Our Lady and Budolfi Church (Aalborg Cathedral). The organs were all personal victories for Theodor and after time the name Frobenius became to stand for high quality. In 1914, he was taken up as a partner in the firm, which now was named Chr. Winther & Th. Frobenius Church Organ Factory. The old mill become too small forthe growing organ builders and they had fought for furnishings in larger locales in Classensgade 7 in Copenhagen. Already in 1917, it was clear that it was natural to separate from the piano company. The administrative cooperation was terminated, and Theodor Frobenius became the sole owner.

During the following decades the Frobenius firm was actively developing and refining its renowed Neocalssical Organ concept, characterized by functional design and distinctively bright and lean sound.  A fruitful collaboration with Albert Schweitzer (mainly represented by Swiss engineer Ernst Scheiss) led to the monumental instruments of Roskilde Cathedral (1926) and Aarhus Cathedral (1929), both reusing older faceades and organ stops. After 1934 the firm had a further successful collaboration with the German organ theoretican Hans Henny Jahnn then living in exile in Denmark. Important recent organs  built in Denmark include those at Naestved St. Morten's in 1975, Horsens Our Saviour's in 1977, Vangede in 1979, Albertslund, Church of the Resurrection in 1991and Vester Skerninge in 2002.  Instruments built abroad include Queen's College Chapel Oxford in 1965 Mahikari Grand Shrine, Takayama Japan in 1984, Marienfelde Kirche, Berlin in 1994, United Methodist, Saratoga Springs, New York  in 1996, and Cannongate Church Edinburgh, Scotland in 1998.

Mahikari Grand Shrine, Takayama Japan
Mahikari Grand Shrine, Takayama Japan- Original Concept Art
The Frobenius Family
Theodore Frobenius was happy about that all three of his children chose to spend their working lives as organ builders. Under the leadership of Walther and Erik the company was converted into a public limited company and was named Th. Frobenius & Sønner (Frobenius & Sons) A/S. Erik was responsible for the voicing and the tonal quality of the instruments while Rita had over a lifetime work with the financial background of the production and services. The generational change in the company did not mean for Theodor leave his profession, even in his very old age he stood faithfully every day and often late into the evening in the workshop where he prepared the pipes for the final voicing. With extreme care he made the pipes ready for the final tonal adjustment which took place in the church.

Theodor Frobenius died in 1972. Rita Schepeler died in 2001, Erik Frobenius passed away in 2002, and
Walther Frobenius followed him in 2007.

Theodor Frobenius - 1953
Erik Frobenius - 1952 Rita Schepeler -1953

Frobenius Foundation / Leadership
Where succession after Theodor had straightforward, after his children there was no immediate possibility for a third Frobenius generation to take over the company and family tradition. Rita and Erik therefore created a foundation 'Frobeniusfonden' which, took over the shares, actually the total ownership of organbuilder company. Organ builder Henning Jensen (former founder and owner of Fyns Orgelbyggeri) in 1995 became the administrative director of Frobenius. The foundation, which is managed by a foundation board consisting of Gerda Paludan, lawyer Lars Jørgen Nielsen and consultant Torben Larsen, awards annual scholarships to various church musical purposes. Since 2017 Eskild Momme leads the company as administrative director.

Opus 1000. -1998
the Kirk of the Canongate, Edinburgh's Old Town, in Scotland

World Famous Frobenius organ in Queen's College
Chapel Oxford - England
Oude Tonge, Hervormde Kerk
Holland, 1966

Jensen & Thomsen
In 1996 Frobenius took over the organ builders Jensen & Thomsen, which company was founded by two former employees of Frobenius, Knud Jensen and Richard Thomsen. The idea was to complete the work that this organ building was in order, but it turned out that even after the acquisition were many clients who loved and wanted Jensen & Thomsen organs. So the production continued so in the next 12 years the company built a number of new instruments until 2007 when the brand was completely discontinued.

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