John has been with the American Organ Institute since 2007. As projects director he coordinates organ activates in the shop and teaches students on pipe organ building techniques and methods, Mr. Riester brings the experiences of working at the Midwest shops of Goulding and Wood, Martin Ott and most recently as Service Manager at Berghaus Organ Company. John Riester has a degree in organ performance and organ technologies from Indiana University.
John is organist and pianist at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, in Edmond. He lives in Norman, with his wife Sara, two children, dog and three cats.