Robert A. Daffer

(1938 – 2020)

Position: Founder of R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc.

Bob started selling Allen organs to churches for the Jordan-Kitts music company in 1963. In 1977, he founded his own company, R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc, initially just representing Rodgers Organ in the Baltimore market area. His vision was to create a company that would put the same care and effort in the installation of electronic organs that fine pipe organ builders put into their creations.

Through his vision, we grew to be the most successful Rodgers sales and service company in the United States. In 1993 we expanded by representing the Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ company. In 2017, we expanded again by adding the Johannus and Makin line of digital organs.

He will be deeply missed as our company carries on his legacy of excellence.

Jeffery Hobbs

Position: President of R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc.
Telephone: 443-831-6201
E-mail: blkswnhall@me.com

Jeffery Hobbs is a manager with the Federal Aviation Administration and the husband of the late Robert A. Daffer. A lifelong enthusiast of the arts, Jeff has stood by the side of Bob in all of his endeavors in the church organ world, supporting his dreams, and sharing a love of music. Jeff is an active member of the parish of Washington National Cathedral, as Bob was as well. Always supportive of the business, Jeff is now assuming the role of President of R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc., where he will oversee the future of the business, company goals, and progress into the future. Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge in financial planning and administration to the company’s strong commitment t o sales and support in the church organist market. Bob’s vision to serve the Mid-Atlantic region will continue to be realized under the direction of Jeff and the R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. team.

Ken Brown

Position: Vice President of R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc.
Telephone: 410-340-7701
E-mail: kbrown@dafferorgans.com

Maryland

Ken first began representing Rodgers in 1979 in Akron, Ohio. He studied organ at the University of Akron and was the organist at Montrose- Zion United Methodist Church in Bath, Ohio. In 1984 he transferred to the Tidewater, Virginia market and spent three years representing Rodgers in that fast growing area. In 1988, he moved to Maryland to join R.A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc and represent Rodgers in the Washington, DC market area. In 1996 he became a full partner in R.A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. Since 1979, Ken has designed, installed and voiced hundreds of Rodgers organs. Ken is an Associate in the American Guild of Organists, a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, and serves on the Music and Liturgy committee for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. He and his wife Margie reside in Ellicott City, Maryland. They are members of Cathedral of the Incarnation (Episcopal) in Baltimore, where Ken serves as Canon for Music and Worship.

Al Murrell

Position: Vice President of R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc
Telephone: 443-812-5999
E-mail: amurrell@dafferorgans.com
Al is responsible for sales in the following areas:
Hampton Roads area and Richmond, VA and Lower Eastern Shore VA/Central and Eastern North Carolina and South Carolina

In 1978, Al applied for a direct commission through the Navy’s highly competitive LDO (Limited Duty Officer program.  He was commissioned in 1979 and transferred to Virginia Beach where he remained for 10 years and retired in 1989.

While in Virginia Beach, he continued his association with Rodgers working for Parker Piano and Organ.  Upon retirement, he was offered a position with R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. and in 1996 was made a partner in the firm.   

Al’s career with Rodgers and Ruffatti pipe organs has presented him opportunities to work with the finest concert organist from both the classical and theater organ environments.  These artists included talents such as Virgil Fox, Ted Alan Worth, Felix Hell, Cameron Carpenter, Keith Chapman, Fred Swann, Joyce Jones, Richard Purvis and John Weaver as well as Lyn Larsen, Gaylord Carter, Jonas Nordwall, and Ethel Smith.  Al’s extensive career has earned him great respect among his peers, and he is often sought out for advice and training by other Rodgers representatives.

Al and his wife, Sharon, reside on Lake Gaston, North Carolina. They have two grown children and three grandchildren.  Al is active in a number of AGO chapters and is sub dean of the Central NC Chapter and Vice President of the Old Dominion Theater Organ Chapter..

Steve McBride

Position: Sales Representative & Marketing Manager
Telephone: 484-886-8215
E-mail:smcbride@dafferorgans.com

Steve is responsible for sales in the following areas:
Northern Virginia, Washington DC,  eastern West Virginia

Steve holds a Bachelor of Music, Music Education, from West Chester University, with a concentration in Voice, Organ, and Conducting.  Since the age of 14, Steve has been serving churches as organist and choir director.  Steve has served churches in the mid-atlantic region including, The Church of the Holy Trinity, West Chester, PA, Morrisville Presbyterian Church, Morrisville, PA and currently serves as Director of Music Ministry at The Church of the Good Shepherd, Burke, VA.

Mr. McBride is very active as a vocal coach, accompanist, and conductor. In addition to his experience as a high school Choral Director, Steve maintains a private studio for voice lessons and vocal coaching.  In 2010 he formed the Valley Forge Chorale, an auditioned concert choir based in King of Prussia, PA.  Under his direction the chorale grew to over 85 singers, with a full artistic and production staff.

In addition to church music, Steve has been Music Director / Conductor of several musical theatre productions including Into the Woods, Les Miserables, Pajama Game, Camelot, South Pacific, Grease, My Fair Lady, Cinderella, and King and I. Most recently, he was the vocal director and pianist for The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s The Producers.

Since 2002, Steve has worked in the church organ industry in sales, service, manufacturing, and installation. For several years, he was the Sales and Marketing Manager for Solid State Organ Systems, and he has extensive experience with Rodgers Instruments. Steve brings a wealth of knowledge in digital and hybrid organ installations, and excels in providing the ideal instrument for your worship needs.

David Scherrick

Position: Sales Representative
Telephone: 304-639-0468
E-mail:dscherrick@dafferorgans.com

David is responsible for sales in the following areas:
West Virginia

David joined R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. in August of 2020. He is the High School Choral Director/ music teacher at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale, West Virginia. David directs the concert choir and the select ensemble “Monarch Choir”. In addition to directing the choirs he teaches piano and guitar classes. David has been a teacher with Marshall County Schools in West Virginia for the past 16 years where he has taught at all levels pre k through adult during his tenure since starting in August of 2004.
In addition to his teaching, David is an active church musician in the Upper Ohio Valley. Currently he is the director of music and organist at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Previously he was the minister of music at Simpson United Methodist Church in Moundsville West Virginia where he guided the organ committee in selecting and installing a Rodgers Artiste 4589 in December of 2015 that replaced a 17 rank Schantz Pipe Organ. David recently assisted the committee at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Elm Grove West Virginia in selecting the Rodgers Artist 599 that was installed in July 2020.

Dave Yoder

Position: Service Manager, Organ Technician
Telephone: 410-707-0012
E-mail: dyoder@dafferorgans.com

Dave joined R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. in 1979 after having several years in the Tidewater, Virginia area as a Rodgers technician. Dave has been responsible for hundreds of Rodgers installations and is one of the most respected service technicians in the Rodgers Dealer Network. Dave studied organ at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and is the organist at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC.

Bill Teyssier

Position: Senior Pipe Voicer, Pipe Organ Technician
Telephone: 410-751-5260
E-mail: BTeyssier@dafferorgans.com

Bill Teyssier joined the staff of R. A. Daffer in September, 1988. Prior to joining the staff at R. A. Daffer, Bill worked for the Rodgers Organ Company from 1979 to 1986. Bill apprenticed as a pipe voicer at the Rodgers Organ Company pipe shop in Erie, Pennsylvania under Ferenc Gyuratz, former head-voicer for Tellers Organ Company, Erie, Pa and Phelps Organ Company, also located in Erie. During this time, Bill was one of the tonal finishers for the Rodgers Company and travelled extensively throughout the United States voicing combination pipe-electronic organs. He worked with many well-known organists such as Dr. Joyce Jones (home installation), Frederick Swann (home installation), Dr. Keith Chapman, Ted Alan Worth, and Diane Bish.

In 1986, Bill joined the staff of Altenburg Piano House in Elizabeth, NJ as pipe voicer, tuner and salesman for Northern New Jersey. After leaving Altenburg Piano House in 1988, Bill joined the staff at R. A. Daffer as a pipe voicer, tuner, installer and general maintenance. During this time, Bill has worked on many major organs in the Baltimore/Washington area in the capacity of pipe organ tuner and voicer/tonal finisher.  He is also able to troubleshoot and do repairs on Rodgers digital organs.

Ben Boellner

Position: Pipe Organ Technician and Tuner

Telephone: 410-792-2252

Ben Boellner is a graduate of Carver Center for Arts and Technology in Towson, MD.

Ben started playing piano, before learning to read sheet music, when he was 4 years old. From a young age he was able to play a piece near perfectly simply by hearing it a few times. He continued to advance his music skills by joining the choir at age 17 at Arnolia UMC in Parkville, MD. There he found an opportunity to become the church’s interim organist when a vacancy arose.

At Arnolia, Ben met Dr. Richard Disharoon. An accomplished chorus teacher at Pikesville High from 1964 to 2004. “Dr. D” mentored Ben in choral leadership and conducting and encouraged Ben to pursue a career in music.

Now working in a church, Ben began meeting other area organists including Paul Binko. At the time, Paul was Director of Music and Organist at both St. Jude’s Shrine in Baltimore, MD and St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, MD and had 31 years of church organ experience at that time. Paul and Ben became quick friends and through Paul’s guidance, Ben began substituting at area churches until becoming the full time Director of Music and Organist at Orems UMC in 2013. There, Ben built the choir and introduced regular, seasonal, concerts which increased both congregation membership and choir membership.

Now a professional organist, Ben decided to take his love for the organ and music to the next level. Ben began tuning organs for R. A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc apprenticing Under Bill Teyssier, Senior Pipe Organ Technician, Voicer and Tuner. At Daffer, Ben has learned valuable skills and has been able to work with some of the best in the industry including Irv Lawless of Lawless and Associates and Mike Fazio of Austin Organs.

As the Austin Sales and Service Representative at Daffer, Ben was made the curator of the seventh largest pipe organ in the world at St. Matthew’s Lutheran in Hanover, PA, as well as the curator of the organ at The First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC.

Today, Ben is still tuning with R.A. Daffer Church Organs and curating the organs at St. Matthew’s and First Baptist. He is also still working closely with Dr. Disharoon and Paul Binko to enhance his skills as a musician and conductor and gives concerts from time to time at area churches with his fellow musicians.

Hayk Vardanyan

Position: Organ Technician and Installation Supervisor

Telephone: 410-792-2252