Michael Quimby, Organbuilder, received his Bachelors of Music Education in 1973 and Masters of Arts in Music History and Literature with applied emphasis in organ in 1975 from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Missouri. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda national honor society of music and the American Institute of Organbuilders, where he served as president from 1991 to 1994. Additionally, he served on the AIO Board of Directors and as chair of the Ethics Committee from 1987 to 1989. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists, having served as Dean of the Greater Kansas City chapter from 1988 to 1989, the Organ Historical Society, and the American Choral Directors Association.
Michael is the President and Tonal Director of Quimby Pipe Organs.
Timothy Daniel Hancock, A.I.A., joined the Quimby Pipe Organs staff in October 2014, after having provided architectural consulting on several recent organ projects over a period of several years. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University in 2004, and between 2004 and 2014, practiced architecture with Butler, Rosenbury & Partners in Springfield, Missouri. While at Drury, he studied organ with Earline Moulder, and from 2000 until 2014, he was active in the Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving variously as Sub-Dean, Dean, Secretary, Newsletter Editor, and on the Steering Committee for the 2013 Region VI Convention in Springfield. During the same period, Daniel was organist at Grace United Methodist Church in Springfield, where he also served concurrently for several years at St. Agnes RC Cathedral, also in Springfield. Daniel is also a member of the Organ Historical Society, and is an actively contributing member of the OHS Database Committee, with responsibilities for reviewing current publications and updating database listings for instruments as required.
An architect registered in Missouri, Daniel is responsible for working together with Quimby clients and staff to assess facilities, design projects and coordinate installations.
Christopher Soer, General Manager, joined Quimby Pipe Organs in 2013. Christopher received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Systems Analysis and Design, from Webster University in St. Louis. Before joining QPO, Christopher entered into the organ building industry as an apprentice voicer at Wicks Organ Company in 2005. Studying under Mark Scholtz for voicing, Christopher trained as a flue voicer (specifically strings) and tonal finisher. In 2008, Christopher was made Shop Superintendent where he managed over 40 projects from design to installation. In 2010 Christopher was made Pricing Agent and then Vice President after studying organ business and procedure under John Sperling. Some additional duties and areas of study have been: drafting and design, scaling, service and tuning, casting metal and finishing.
Christopher served as Organist and Music Director for Hillside Presbyterian Church, in House Springs, Missouri for eleven years. Prior to that he was assistant organist at St. James Catholic Church for five years and had been substituting since the age of ten. Christopher studied liturgical and classical organ with Bob Ellison and Henry Glass as well as silent film accompaniment and theatre organ with Stan Kann.
Christopher is the proud owner of the remaining Kilgen Organ Company records and is a versed historian of the Wicks Organ Company among others. Christopher enjoys playing the theatre organ as well as collecting antiques.
Chris Emerson came to work at Quimby Pipe Organs in the summer of 1990. Prior to that, he spent three years as Production Manager for a manufacturing plant in Warrensburg, and prior to that was working in the manufacturing of specialized industrial equipment for his father’s company in Iowa. Since joining QPO, he has worked in almost every area of organ building. He is now serving as the Head Service Department Tuner/Technician.
Chuck Ford has been associated with our firm since 1983. After receiving his BA in Architecture from the University of Arkansas, he studied in Europe, before undertaking apprenticeships with the organ building firms of Kreienbrink in Germany, and D.A. Flentrop in Holland. While working with an architecture firm in Portland, Oregon that specialized in high-rise buildings, he decided to join our staff full time, and has been our Project Architect since 1992, designing most of our instruments since then. His interests in architecture, art, woodworking and music combined into a career in organ building, leaving a bit of time for the culinary arts and gardening. His most enjoyable challenge is tailoring a new design to harmoniously fit into a client’s particular setting.
Eric Johnson, Head Voicer, Quimby Pipe Organs, has been involved with organ building for 40 years, beginning in his teens. His initial work was with the local Arizona organ builder, David McDowell, where he first learned to leather pouchboards, wiring, and tuning. This was followed by two years of electrical engineering study at the University of Arizona, while also working part-time for Brad Kerns who was the local Phoenix organ builder. After leaving the U of A, he apprenticed with L. W. Blackinton and Associates, Inc., of San Diego, CA where all facets of organ building were learned. Eric joined QPO in 1991 as the Head of the windchest department. Currently, he holds the position of Head Voicer and specializes in reed voicing. He has broad experience in all facets of organ building in new installations, restorations and rebuildings from coast to coast. This has included one-manual mechanical action instruments, all the way up to a five-manual electro-pneumatic instrument.
Eric is the author of a paper on chest construction for the American Institute of Organ Builders (AIO) Journal. He has also presented several seminars on reed voicing for the AIO and lectured on windchest building at the 2014 AIO Convention. He is currently a member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, the American Guild of Organists, the Organ Historical Society, the American Theatre Organ Society, and the Estey Organ Society.
Janille Rehkop is probably the first voice from Quimby Pipe Organs you will hear if you call, or visit our office. She began working with Quimby Pipe Organ, Inc., in October, 2001. She came here with more than 25 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant in a wide variety of fields including a university setting, a law office in Maryland, and a national fraternity headquarters in Warrensburg. Janille is responsible for the daily operation of the main office including office correspondence, answering the telephone, coordinating the arrangements for the service department, maintaining shop supplies, organizing travel, and numerous other duties. She is often referred to as the "glue" that holds this team together, and rarely loses her stickiness!
Chirt Touch came to work at Quimby Pipe Organs, Inc. in September, 2007. He worked as a Customer Service Representative for Stream Satellite Radio in Sioux City, Iowa before coming to Missouri. He is working in the pipe shop as an assistant to the head pipe maker.
Carl Repp joined Quimby Pipe Organs in 2008. He was born and raised on a farm in rural Missouri and still lives in the country where he enjoys flower and vegetable gardening. Carl has 40 years experience in woodworking. He studied Industrial Arts and Technology at the University of Central Missouri. His experience includes crafts, furniture, cabinet-making, rough-in carpentry and commercial wood products.
Dan Sliger joined Quimby Pipe Organs in August of 2016. Dan received his Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to entering organ building full time, Dan worked as a band director in Oklahoma. Following this period, he held the position of Shop Manager for the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma from 2011 to 2016. Dan came to the organ building industry during his last year of college as a student employee of the AOI with a long standing interest in woodworking. His experiences include reservoir and chest construction as well as drafting and design. Dan is a member of the American Institute of Organ Builders.
Samantha Koch, joined the Quimby Pipe Organs staff in May, 2016, when she received her Master of Music in Organ Technology, with an additional concentration in Organ Performance, from the American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma. During her time at the American Organ Institute and QPO, prior to her full-time employment, Samantha gained experience in flue and reed voicing, pipe making, tuning, and general organ construction and design. While at OU, she studied organ with Dr. Damin Spritzer and Dr. John Schwandt. In 2012, she received her Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance from East Carolina University and served as Organ Scholar at Providence United Methodist Church during the installation of a restored and enlarged Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. Samantha is an associate member of the American Institute of Organbuilders and a member of MENSA.