The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church on Court Square
17 N. Court Square
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801


OHS Database ID 49758.

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Status and Condition

The organ has been renovated and is no longer in its original state.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition June 8, 2012.

Technical Details

Direct electric/electro-mechanical chests.

Three manuals. 4 divisions. 22 stops. 44 registers. 34 ranks. 1812 pipes. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

The organ is in a case at the front of the room. Traditional style console. The console is movable.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals. Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard. Reversible full organ/tutti thumb piston. Reversible full organ/tutti toe stud. Combination action thumb pistons. Coupler reversible toe studs.


  • Identified through online information from Bob Moody. (Database Manager. June 7, 2012)
  • Updated through online information from Bob Moody. -- According to the church history, the congregation voted to expand the sanctuary and purchase the organ in 1979 and the cornerstone was laid in August of 1980. It is likely that the organ was first in use in early 1981. Richard McPherson, professor of organ at James Madison University, was organist at the time. (Database Manager. June 8, 2012)

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Organ Case. Photograph by Bob Moody 2012-06-02
Church Exterior. Photograph by Bob Moody 2012-06-02
Console and Organ Case. Photograph from The Diapason (September 1981); image courtesy of Jeff Scofield
Church Exterior. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2016-06-21
Console. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2016-06-21
Organ case. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2016-06-21
Chancel and organ case. Photograph by Jeff Scofield 2016-06-21

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  • Stoplist taken from console 6/2/12
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
    First Presbyterian Church
    Gress Miles Organ c. 1980
     Letters before stop names indicate ranks. 
    A. Acoustic Bass II 32
    A. Subbas 16
    B. Quintflote 5 1/3
    C. Principal 8
    D. Rohrgedeckt 8 (Gt)
    C Octave 4
    C Schwiegel 2
    E. Mixture III-IV
    F. Basse De Cornet III  32
    F. Bassoon 16 (Sw)
    F Trumpet 8 (Sw)
    G. Cromorne 4 (Pos)
    Great (Manual I)
    A. Gedeckt Pommer 16
    D. Rohr Floete 8
    H. Principal 8
    I.  Octave 4
    D. Rohr Pfeife 2
    F. Trumpet 8 (Sw)
    J. Mixture IV-V
    Positiv (Manual II)
    K. Montre 8
    L. Holz Gedeckt 8
    M&N  Flute Conique (Sw)  Bottom 12 M, remainder N
    K. Principal 4
    O. Rohr Floete 4
    K. Octave 2
    P. Quint 1 1/3
    Q. Scharf III-IV
    G. Cromone 8
    Swell (Manual III)
    M. Bourdon 8
    R. Viole de Gamba 8
    S. Voix Celeste 8
    N. Spitz Floete 4
    R. Octave Viole
    S. Octave Celeste
    T. Principal 4
    U. Nasat 2 2/3
    M. Blockfloete 2
    T. Octave 1
    V. Terz 1 3/5
    U. Quintfloete 1 1/3
    W. Zimbel III
    F. Bassoon 16
    F. Trompette 8
    F. Clarion 4
    Octaves Graves
    Swell to Pedal
    Great to Pedal
    Positiv to Pedal
    Swell to Positiv
    Swell to Great
    Positiv to Great.
    Couplers duplicated on toe studs
    10 general pistons/toe studs
    6 divisional pistons
    6 pedal pistons/toe studs.
    8 memories.
    Swell Octave Graves couples through. 
     [Received from Bob Moody 2012-06-12.]
  • Click Here Stoplist taken from console 6/2/12 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.