Robert A. Daffer

(1938 – 2020)

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

From 1963 until 1976 Mr. Daffer was in charge of institutional sales for a full-line music store in the Washington, DC area. In 1977, he founded his own company, R. A. Daffer and Son Ltd, representing Rodgers Organs. 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. Hundreds of Rodgers installations in the Mid-Atlantic area are testament to his vision and success. Beginning in 1994, R.A. Daffer Church Organs, Inc. has been the largest domestic representative of Rodgers Organs by sales volume. Today, they also represent the very prestigious Fratelli Ruffatti Pipe Organ Company of Padua, Italy.

Jeffrey 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 businesses, 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 companies strong health of 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..

David Lang

Position: Sales Director
Telephone: 410-792-2252  Mobile: 202-657-8345
E-mail:dlang@dafferorgans.com
David is responsible for sales in the following areas:
Northern Virginia, Washington DC, western Maryland, eastern West Virginia

A native of Burlington, North Carolina, David Lang received his Bachelor of Music degree in both choral music education (grades K-12) and sacred music from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He attained his Master of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Louisville. He has studied under such keyboard luminaries as H. Max Smith, Melvin Dickinson, Marilyn Keiser, and Bruce Neswick.

Prior to living in Washington, DC, Mr. Lang was Director of Music for the Roman Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in Louisville, KY from 1983-2000. He served as Artistic Director for The Louisville Youth Choir as well as Professor of Organ for Bellarmine University. Mr. Lang has conducted tours of Italy and parts of the United States with choirs of both adults and children. He has been a featured artist and guest conductor for state, regional, and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Music Educators National Conference (MENC), and National Pastoral Musicians (NPM).

David is the Director of Music/Organist for St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean, VA, organist for Washington Hebrew Congregation and Artistic Director for The Reston Chorale.

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.

Kim Conley

Position: Office Manager

Telephone: 410-792-2252

Kim is responsible for keeping the whole company organized.  Her duties include filing, billing, ordering and handling all the telephone traffic from customers and prospective customers.