Barbara Gensmer

President and Owner of Rodgers Organ Studio

With over 900 organ installations since 1980, Barbara holds an enviable record of sales achievement with Rodgers Instruments LLC. She is a graduate of Ripon College and holds an M.A. in Music from the University of Wisconsin. Barbara has made extensive studies of the musical practices of various denominations.

 

Dennis Davis

Rodgers Certified Head Technician

A University of MN graduate with over 25 years of experience servicing and installing pipe and electronic organs, Denny is also an experienced singer, conductor and actor. He has graduated from the Rodgers Organ Technical Academy and is nationally recognized for his outstanding organ installations.

Jim Hockin

Sales Associate and Education Specialist

Jim has studied organ since age 10 being coached by his organist father. His background is piano performance at the University of MN. He has performed with the Mpls. Symphony and Lake Harriet Orchestras on piano and has studied organ with Dr. Edward D. Berryman. Jim enjoys doing occassional concerts.

Kraig Windschitl

Rodgers Organ Consultant and Concert Artist

After degress in Organ Performance and Theology from St. John's University, Kraig recerived a Master of Music in organ performance/sacred music from Indiana University. Kraig, besides demonstrating and consulting with organ committees for Rodgers, is the Principal Organist at Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, located in Minneapolis with a west campus in Victoria MN. Kraig is Chapel Organist, Carilloneur and Music Instructor at Breck School, Golden Valley, MN. His warm presence is always and encouragement in the process of selecting the correct Rodgers model for your sanctuary.

 

Hector Olivera

Guest Artist

Hector Olivera is a passionate, gifted, and unique musician, whose personal interpretations of both classical and popular music have amazed and delighted audiences around the world. He has performed as guest soloist with many orchestras, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Fort Wayne Symphony, the Dover-New Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Amsterdam Baroque Ensemble, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Pasadena Symphony. Although he is most famous for his prodigious technical proficiency, Hector's ability to incorporate MIDI into classical organ selections makes him a popular international performer and one of the great organists in the world. Maestro Hector Olivera has performed many times for our studio!

Jim Merten

Technical Advisor

Jim is an organist at New Life Lutheran Church, Shoreview, MN, proudly performing on a Rodgers! He contributes regularly to technical questions about MIDI interfaces between Rodgers organs and other MIDI equipment. His experience at Unisys Corporation has made this web page possible. Jim has also assisted organists in using Hymnsoft, a software program that plays hymns without the organist present. He is our "go to" guy when computers need advice!

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