The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church
1100 Austin Avenue
Waco, Texas 76701

OHS Database ID 47001.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The condition of the organ is in not known or has not been reported to the Database.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 12, 2017.
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Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 32 stops. 43 registers. 41 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in center chambers at the front of the room with visible façade pipes or case front.

Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.

Notes

  • Identified through online information from James R. Stettner. -- This was the rebuilding of the existing Pilcher/Geisler organ with a new facade to hold more speaking pipes. The project was done in two phases. The first was completed in December, 1990. The Session authorized a contract in mid—1991 for the balance of the proposal. The work was completed in May, 1992, and the rebuilt organ was dedicated in morning worship on Sunday, September 20, 1992. (Database Manager. July 10, 2010)
  • Updated through online information from T. Bradford Willis. -- On May 23, 2015, a senior recital was presented by Becky Fisher who was assisted by Laura Fisher and Jacob Fisher. The church's Range organ was in good condition for the recital. (Database Manager. May 31, 2015)
  • Updated through online information from T. Bradford Willis, DDS. -- Range installed a different console in 1999 to replace the previous Reuter console installed in 1961 by Geisler. (Database Manager. July 25, 2015)
  • Updated by T. Bradford Willis, DDS, listing conversations with this person as the source of the information: The church organist and the choirmaster.
    On Sunday, May 21, 2017, a called congregational meeting was held after the 10:30 service. The purpose of the meeting was a demonstration of the organ's deficiences and needs. Presentations were heard from Rev. Dr. Leslie A. King, Dr. Randy Umstead, and Becky Ward, organist. Restoration plans have been discussed with Jason Alden of Alden Organ Services. (Steven E. Lawson. May 22, 2017)
  • Updated by T. Bradford Willis, DDS, naming this as the source of information: 2017 articles in The Tower (church newsletter) and letter concerning planned restoration and expansion of the church organ by Dr. Jason Alden. In addition T. Bradford Willis, DDS gave this as a source of information: Church historian. (Steven E. Lawson. September 12, 2017)

Online Documents

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Related Database Entries

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Photographs

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Church Exterior. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2015-05-23
Console. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2015-05-23
Builder's Nameplate. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2015-05-23
Organ Company Employee's Signatures. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Chamber Entry and Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Pipework. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-06-04
Chancel and Organ Case. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-07-23
Left Antiphonal Organ Case. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-07-23
Right Antiphonal Organ Case. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-07-23
Balcony Stained Glass Windows. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-07-23
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-11
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-11
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-11
. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-22
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-22
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-22
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2016-08-22
Stained Glass Window. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2016-08-22
Watercolor Painting of Organ Case. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis; image from the Church Archives

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Stoplist

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  • Typed stoplist. Source: From Inauguration Program

  • Waco, Texas
    First Presbyterian Church
    
    Range Organ Company, Inc.   1999             3 manuals, 32 stops, 41 ranks
    __________________________________________________________________________
    
             GREAT ORGAN                         ANTIPHONAL ORGAN                 
         16' Violone               73         8' Echo Flute            61
          8' Principal             61         4' Principal             pf
          8' Bourdon               61         4' Flûte d'Amour         61
          8' Violone (fr. 16')     --         2' Flautino              61
          4' Octave                61     2 2/3' Sesquialtera II       74
          4' Flûte à Biberon       61
          2' Super Octave          61            PEDAL ORGAN
      1 1/3' Fourniture IV        244        32' Resultant             --
          8' Trompete              61        16' Principal             32
                                             16' Bourdon               44
             SWELL ORGAN                     16' Violone (Gt)          --
         16' Lieblich Gedeckt      61        16' Lieblich Gedeckt (Sw) --
          8' Stopped Diapason      61         8' Octave                32
          8' Viole de Gambe        61         8' Bourdon (fr. 16')     --
          4' Principal             61         8' Lieblich Gedeckt (Sw) --
          4' Koppelflöte           61         4' Choral Bass           32
          2' Octave                61         4' Nachthorn             32
      1 1/3' Quinte                61     2 2/3' Mixture III           96
      1 1/3' Mixture IV           244        16' Bombarde              32
         16' Basson                73        16' Basson (Sw)           --
          8' Trompette             73         8' Trompette (Sw)        --
          8' Basson (fr. 16')      --         8' Basson (Sw)           --
          4' Clairon (fr. Tpt)     --         4' Krummhorn             32
    
    
    [Received from T. Bradford Willis  2016-11-06]
    
    
  • Typed stoplist. Source: From Inauguration Program Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.