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.