It has been our company's goal to constantly challenge its employees to learn new skills and technologies so that each person continues to grow as a craftsman and organ builder. It is this process which makes each new project exciting and fresh, which encourages long-term commitment to the firm. Each brings their own special talents, skills and personality to a friendly atmosphere where unique work is created.
Dennis Milnar – Sr. Partner/Founder
Dennis Milnar was born in Buffalo, New York in 1943 and married Constance Cairns in 1961. They have five children, seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Dennis started his organ building career in 1961 with the Delaware Organ Company of Tonawanda, New York under the direction of Robert C. Colby (mentor). He served a full apprenticeship starting in the woodshop moving on to the metal shop, leather work, and electrical wiring.
Dennis spent the last few years voicing and tonal finishing with Vice President and Tonal Director Eugene Burmaster. During his tenure with Delaware he was involved in building, installing, and tonal finishing dozens of organs including thirteen in New York City. In the summer of 1968, Dennis moved the family to Nashville Tennessee to start Milnar Pipe Organ Service and was also a representative for Delaware Organ Company. In 1976, he again moved the family to a farm just south of Nashville, built a new organ shop and started building organs under the name of Milnar Organ Company.
Derek Milnar - Partner/Technical Designer
Derek Milnar was born September 8, 1961 in North Tonawanda, New York. He moved with his parents to Nashville, TN in 1968. At age 12, Derek began working summers for the Organ Company. Derek joined the TN Army National Guard in 1979 and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nashville State Technical Institute in 1981, with an AE in Architecture. He then joined Milnar Organ Co. full time right after college specializing in design and electrical work. Derek has three children Ryan, Jonathan and Miranda. Derek served in the Gulf War from 1990-1991 and in 1999 retired from the National Guard with the rank of Major. During 2000, Derek's family moved to a 27 acre farm in Bell Buckle, TN. Derek enjoys landscaping with a chain saw!
Jeff Milnar - Partner/Senior Cabinetmaker
Jeff Milnar was born February 18, 1964 in North Tonawanda, New York. Jeff started working with the organ company during summers around the sixth grade. He started working full time in 1983, after attending Middle Tennessee State University. Jeff specializes in woodworking for the company. He has attended multiple seminars around the country for woodworking techniques. He is a member of the AGO, AIO, and the ISO. Jeff currently lives in Murfreesboro and enjoys time with his family.
Todd Milnar - Partner/Tonal Director
Todd Milnar was born February 3, 1966 in North Tonawanda, New York. Todd began with Milnar Organ Company at an early age as a high school student working summers and after school. Todd studied pipe voicing and scaling in Belgium with Klaus Furtwangler of Germany and Ferdinand Stemmer of Switzerland. In this country, Todd attended voicing seminars at Schantz Organ Company, C.B. Fisk, Berghaus, Buzard and with Peter Duyes at Peterson. In 1995, he attended a workshop on organ restoration at Nelson Barden's shop in Massachusetts and also a restoration seminar with Taylor & Booty on the Tannenburg organ. Todd has been involved in restoration of wind instruments for over 25 years. Within this period, Milnar Organ Company has restored hundreds of reservoirs of all styles and designs.
Greg Milnar - Partner/CFO
Greg Milnar was born November 8, 1972 in Nashville, TN. Greg started working for Milnar Organ Company during the summers of high school and college. In 1995 he graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Major in Marketing and Minor in Photography. Greg worked for Milnar Organ Co. for two years full time after graduation, then took a position with a software firm in Brentwood, TN. After working four years in Technical Support for Private Business Inc./Gold Leaf Financial, he returned to the family business as a Partner and now is the companies CFO. Also, Greg is the Owner and Principal Broker of the real estate company Bella Villa Properties in Franklin, TN. Greg lives in Franklin with his wife Donna and their son Preston. Donna works for Gallagher-Bassett in Franklin as a Pharmacy Benefits Account Manager.
Kevin McGrath – Cabinetmaker, General Organbuilding
Kevin McGrath was born Jan 8, 1981 in Nashville, TN. He currently lives in Rockvale, TN on a farm just outside of town with his wife Asekha. He attended Eagleville High School and graduated in May of 2000. He took many woodworking and art classes during his schooling. Kevin worked for Don Pablo’s restaurant for three years as head cook. He worked with management a great deal and left for better opportunities. Kevin has been with us for over 10 years and shows great interest and respect for the pipe organ industry. He is currently working with Jeff in the woodworking division and is doing very well. He has been involved in several rebuilds and installations. He has been a great asset to the company with his talents.
Amanda Roberson- Office Administrator
Amanda was born July 11, 1979 in Nashville, TN. She currently lives in Rockvale, TN about three tenths of a mile from the shop. Amanda attended Smyrna High School and graduated in May of 1998. She excelled in office administration and computer classes. After her schooling, she started her career with Continental Development Co. in Franklin, TN. She gained office experience that has become a great asset to our company. Amanda joined the Milnar firm in September of 2009 and has brought a professional touch to the office. We are pleased to have such a talented administrator on our staff.
" Music is well said to be the speech of angels;
in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man
is felt to be so divine.
It brings us near to the infinite."
~ Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) ~