Founder, President and Artistic Director John-Paul Buzard is president 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 […] 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

Tonal Director Fredrick Bahr joined the Buzard staff in January 2020 as Service Department Director, and currently serves as 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 States. He has cared […] 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

Consultant Emeritus   Charles Eames is Consultant Emeritus of Buzard Pipe Organ Builders, LLC. He is a member of the American American Institute of Organbuilders, the American Guild of Organists, and the Organ Historical Society. He holds degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City, 1972, and William Jewell College in Organ Performance, 1970. […] Read More

Office Manager Jef Player joined the staff of Buzard Pipe Organ Builders in 2018. He is an Illini Alumni and his frame of reference includes Administration, Logistics and Education. Jef has enjoyed woodworking since an early age. He is elated to be part of the Buzard family. At age 6 my first tool was a […] Read More

Service 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

Mike Meyer came to Buzard in April of 2012 and is now shop foreman.  He is responsible for oversight of the production staff, quality control and shop safety and maintenance.  He did siding and roofing and also worked with the Champaign Park District. Mike has a BS in Recreational Management from the University of South […] Read More

Chris Goodnight came to us from Chicago where he owned his own company. When his wife was hired by the University of Illinois, they moved to the Champaign/Urbana area. Chris works with Mike and Shane in producing our beautiful cabinetry. He joined Buzard Pipe Organ Builders in February of 2013 […] Read More