Founder and Artistic Director John-Paul Buzard is founder and artistic director of Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, based in Champaign, Illinois. He began his career in organbuilding by working as an apprentice organ technician in high school and college. He was appointed Curator of Organs for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign following graduate school, […] Read More

President and Tonal Director Fredrick Bahr joined the Buzard staff in January 2020 as Service Department Director, and currently serves as president and tonal director. During his more than forty years in the organ building industry, he has played a significant role in the creation of more than 60 new pipe organs throughout the United […] Read More

Associate Tonal Director Felix Franken is an experienced organbuilder who joined us in 2015. He started building organs in 2008 as apprentice at HP Mebold Orgelbau Siegen/Germany where he as trained in all aspects of historic craftsmanship in organbuilding and as tonal assistant. In 2012 he earned a Degree in Organbuilding from the Oscar-Walcker-School of […] Read More

Service Director Keith Williams is the Service Department Director and an Associate in Marketing and Sales with Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, LLC, beginning in the year 2000. He is a member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the American Guild of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society. He holds a Bachelor of Music from […] Read More

Assistant Director of Service and Technician Kipp Cortez has led a varied and interesting career as a church organist, choral conductor, university professor, carillonneur, and now, organ builder. In his role in the Service Department at Buzard, he does tuning, restoration work, helps manage the tuning schedule, performs intake visits for new clients, and occasionally […] Read More

Production Director & Chief Engineer Shane Rhoades joined Buzard in 2007 and found his skills to be a solid foundation for the art and trade of organ building.  A third-generation carpenter and cabinet maker, he is a proud graduate of the Mid-Central Illinois Regional Council of Carpenters Trade School.  He also has college coursework […] Read More

Service Department Foreman Dave Brown, a second generation organbuilder, Dave spent childhood days in the factory of Brown and Arkley, Organbuilders of Sydney, visiting big projects like Brisbane City Hall (Willis) and Townsville Anglican Cathedral (B&A), and much time was spent during his teenage years helping out with new organs and rebuilding projects with his father's present firm, Ian […] Read More

Service Department Technician Stuart Weber joined the organ industry fourteen years ago and has been pleased to work at Buzard for thirteen years.  Stuart specializes in console refurbishment, rewiring, refinishing and upgrading.  His beautiful re-purposed consoles are to be found all around America […] Read More

Service Department Technician Tracey has spent years dabbling in a variety of disciplines, from graphic art, copy editing, and home remodeling to snake ranching, instrument building, and folk music making.  Organ work has given him a unique opportunity to refine and showcase his skills both practically and artistically, and to meet some fascinating people along […] Read More

Service Department Technician Zachary T. Jones came to Buzard Pipe Organ Builders in August 2022 with a background in music education. With an emphasis in instrumental music and on his primary instrument the tuba, Zach studied at Carroll University in Waukesha Wisconsin and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to working in the Service […] Read More