Meet the Parsons Team
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Ric Parsons serves as President and Artistic Director at Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. He began his pipe organ career at a very early age and is a fourth generation organ builder. After receiving degrees in electronic and biomedical engineering technologies in 1979, he and his brother Calvin purchased the firm established by their grandfather in 1921. Ric has overseen the design and execution of each of the firm’s instruments. This has included a broad range of projects, ranging from new mechanical-action organs, to historically based restorations. In addition to 43 years of practical experience, Ric has travelled extensively throughout the US as well as to Italy and France to visit significant instruments.
Ric is a colleague member of the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO) where he has lectured on two occasions as part of their annual educational conferences. He is a current board member and has served as Vice President, and as Secretary of the Institute. In addition, Ric is the President of the Associated Pipe Organ Builders of America (APOBA) and has held the office of Vice President. Ric is also a contributor to the Journal of American Organbuilding and The American Organist.
Ric is married with three children, two of whom work in the family business, and fills much of his free time with his three grandchildren. He enjoys volunteering at his church and working endless hours on the business.
Vice President[email protected]
Cal serves as Vice President and Director of Field Services at Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. He began his pipe organ career at a very early age and is a fourth generation organ builder. Cal received his degree in electronic technology in 1979, and with his brother Richard, purchased the family business in 1979. Cal is responsible for all of the service and tuning work for the firm. He oversees many of the rebuilding projects, and maintains the organs for approximately 250 contract clients.
Calvin is a colleague member of the American Institute of Organbuilders and has served on several committees. Cal is married and has two grown children.
Duane has served as Tonal Director for Parsons since 1991. He has been responsible for scaling, voicing, and tonal finishing their instruments beginning with Opus 5. While Duane feels that voicing pipe organs is an ongoing educational process, he credits early influence on his work to collaborative and satisfying projects with organbuilder/voicer Manuel Rosales.
Duane obtained his M. M. degree in Organ Performance from The Eastman School of Music where he studied with Russell Saunders, and his B. M. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University where he studied with Robert A. Griffith. Prior to attending Ohio Wesleyan, Duane studied with Gloria Wendel in his home town of Van Wert, Ohio. Post-graduate studies were with David Craighead.
Duane currently serves as Principal Organist for Asbury First United Methodist Church, Rochester, NY, a position he has held since 1996. He has has been invited to dedicate many Parsons instruments, and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He also had served as accompanist for various choral groups in and around Rochester, including the Rochester Oratorio Society, Madrigalia, and Concentus.
Currently a colleague member of the American Institute of Organbuilders, Duane has served as vice-president of that organization. He has served as Dean and Sub Dean of the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. His compact disc entitled, “Celebrate!” Music for Two Trumpets and Organ, was recorded at the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel where he served as Organist and staff member.
Project Manager[email protected]
Peter Geise serves in various capacities at Parsons, from Tuning Foreman to New Organ Assembly and Historic Restoration. He graduated from Houghton College in 2000 with a B.Mus. in Organ Performance as a student of Dr. Judy Congdon, and from the Eastman School of Music in 2002 with a M.M. in Organ Performance as a student of Dr. Hans Davidsson. Following this he spent a year in Sweden as a student at Göteborgs Universitet. His thesis focused on the history of the Italian Baroque organ purchased by Eastman, which has since been installed at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. While in Sweden he worked at GOArt learning about some of the processes of historic organ building discovered during the reconstruction of a 17th century North German-style organ.
Peter is a member of the Rochester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and American Institute of Organbuilders. Peter is currently serving as Music Minister at the Lima Presbyterian Church, Lima, NY, where he directs the adult choir as well as plays the organ for Sunday services.
Project Development[email protected]
David McCleary joined Parsons as a Project Manager in 2011. He is a highly skilled professional trained in areas of process architecture and elongated sales cycles with an emphasis on collaborative relationships. Dave has previously served as National Manager and Vice-President of Sales and Marketing in firms associated the commercial decorative arts industry and has extensive experience in the field of pipe organs.
Dave holds memberships in several chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and is committed to furthering the resurgence of the pipe organ as the superior liturgical musical instrument.
Project Manager[email protected]
Matt Parsons is a Project Manager at Parsons Pipe Organ Builders. Matt has many responsibilities at Parsons from tuning and service work, re-leathering and restoration, to woodworking and new organ assembly. After serving in the U S Air Force from 1998 to 2002, Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Keuka College in 2004.
Matt has been a member of the American Institute of Organbuilders since 2006. He has a love of music and plays the piano and saxophone. Matt, along with the involvement of the Parsons' staff, is the Curator of Organs at the Eastman School of Music. He is currently teaching a biennial organ service class at the Eastman School of Music.
Tim Parsons[email protected]
Tim has primarily focused on woodworking since joining Parsons full time in 2011. He had spent many hours on installations and shop work over the past 20 years as a temporary assistant/helper until he decided to make this his career path. Tim graduated with a degree in graphic design, and is also responsible for the advertising and marketing for Parsons.
Married with three small children, Tim enjoys his time with his family, playing baseball, golfing, fishing and skiing.
Business Manager[email protected]
Ellen joined Parsons Pipe Organ Builders in 1981 and has performed many tasks including tuning assistant and installation crew member. She has been the Business Manager for the past 30-some years.
Married with three grown sons, she enjoys spending her spare time with her three young grandchildren and volunteering at church.
Jay joined Parsons in 2004 as a woodworker. He has done outstanding detail work, turning turrets and wood carvings. In his spare time he likes wood carving and working with all types of wood, hunting, fishing, gardening, reading old woodworking magazines and bird watching.
Jay is married with two grown daughters, one who recently graduated University and one who was recently married.
Aaron has been working with Parsons since June, 2005. He is primarily a woodworker but is also very versatile and has contributed in restorations, re-leathering and mechanical key action projects.
He is married with three young children. When he's not playing with his kids, he is a Star Trek enthusiast, enjoys wood carving and model making. He attends a local church near the home he recently purchased.
Tony joined the Parsons' team in November of 2003. As a musician, he was hired as a tuning assistant but has become our go-to guy in the re-leathering and restoration department. As an accomplished guitarist, Tony plays many gigs when he's not working with Parsons.
He also enjoys baseball and other sports with his two sons.
Bernard Talty II
Bernie Talty grew up in Victor, New York. Now residing in Canandaigua, he is a music teacher/tutor for drums and percussion, guitar, bass, violin, cello, piano, banjo, and other music related devices. He has fabrication and design background based in plastics, specifically acrylics.
He also makes fine handcrafted pizza. These, with other attributes, make him a fine addition to the Parsons team.
Bernard Talty II
Brenda Rizzo[email protected]
Brenda joined the office staff in 2002 as a part-time office manager. She has assisted in tuning as well as on-site installations.
Brenda enjoys skiing, boating and cooking; and, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She is married to her best friend.
Dick came to Parsons with a knowledge of woodworking and construction acquired from assisting his father, as a young man, in his general contracting business, and from a short stint as a home builder after a 26-year career with General Signal Corp. Dick has lived in the Finger Lakes region his entire life, which suits his great love of the outdoors. Dick has been married to his wife Rhonda for 25-years and they have two college graduate (yes!) children, Mike and Meghan, who are the focus and love of their lives.
Aaron is a Tuning Foreman and organbuilder at Parsons. He joined the firm in 2013. Aaron holds a Bachelor in Organ Performance from SUNY at Buffalo and studied with Michael Burke and David Fuller. He is organist at Medina, St Mary's Church, and a member of the American Institute of Organbuilders.
Aaron is also an avid re-enactor who regularly volunteers with his family at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, NY, portraying a French Royal Artillerist of the French and Indian War era. He is a member of Artillery Niagara and Campagné LeBeouff.
Joe has been providing a valuable talent as a Tuning Foreman since he joined the company in February, 2014. Joe has an A.S. in Music and an A.S. in Music Recording Technology. He has been involved in instrumental and vocal music since the age of 5. He is married and lives in Lyons, NY.
Chad Snyder[email protected]
Chad came on board the Parsons team in March of 2015. Outside of building pipe organs Chad loves spending quality time with his family, renovating his home, and doing anything that involves the outdoors.
Daniel Gagnè joined Parsons in October of 2015 as a pipe organ apprentice. His primary duties are in the woodworking department, but Dan is very versatile in his skill sets. He studied Woodworking and Furniture Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Outside of woodworking and working on Pipe Organs he keeps busy playing quidditch in his free time.