The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Presbyterian Church
1100 Austin Ave.
Waco, Texas 76701


OHS Database ID 64104.

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Status and Condition

The organ is in an unaltered state from its installation as described on this page.
The organ is in good condition and in regular use.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition February 2, 2019.

Technical Details

Three manuals. 5 divisions. 53 stops. 44 ranks. 2385 pipes. 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. Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, right.

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


  • The organ was originally built by Pilcher in 1924. Three ranks were replaced and a new Reuter console installed by Geisler in 1961. Geisler added additional stops and a zimbelstern in 1973. In 1992, the organ was rebuilt by Range Organ Company, and work included a new organ case built by Denney Organ Works. Range also installed a different, used console (appears to be originally a Schantz console) in 1999. The work by Dr. Jason Alden included replacement of the failing reeds in each division, the addition of 3 ranks to form a new Choir division, and rewiring to allow the organist to select sounds from a variety of divisions. The new pipes were made by A. R. Schopp's. (Chad Boorsma. February 2, 2019)
  • A celebration of the completed organ project was held on October 21, 2018, with Kiyo and Chiemi Watanabe at the console. The concert was given to the Glory of God in memory of Hester Beck Willis, John Todd Willis, Jr., and John W. “Jack” Parnum, former church organist who died in 1918, while serving in World War I. (Chad Boorsma. February 2, 2019)

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Console. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2019-02-05
Left Drawknobs. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2019-02-05
Right Drawknobs. Photograph by T. Bradford Willis 2019-02-05

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  • . Source: Stoplist from Organ Celebration Program
    Waco, Texas
    Alden Organ Services      44 ranks     2018
    GREAT:                          SWELL:                           ANTIPHONAL:
       16' Violone                     16' Lieblich Gedeckt            8' Echo Flute
        8' Principal                    8' Stopped Diapason            4' Flute d'Amour
        8' Bourdon                      8' Viole de Gambe              2' Flautino
        8' Violone                      8' Voix Celeste               II  Sesquialtera
        4' Octave                       4' Principal    
        4' Flute Biberon                4' Koppelflote
        2' Super Octave                 2' Octave
       IV  Fourniture               1 1/3' Quinte
        8' Cromhorne                   IV  Mixture
        8' En Chamade                  16' Bassoon
                                        8' Trompette
    PEDAL:                              8' Bassoon
       32' Resultant                    4' Clarion
       16' Principal                       Tremulant
       16' Bourdon
       16' Violone                    CHOIR:
        8' Octave                       8' Violone [GT]
        8' Bourdon                      8' Rohrflute
        8' Lieblich Gedeckt             8' Gemshorn
        4' Choral Bass                  8' Celeste
        4' Nachthorn                    4' Spitz Principal
      III  Mixture                     16' Bassoon [SW]
       16' Trombone                     8' Trompette [SW]
       16' Bassoon                      8' Bassoon [SW]
        8' Trompette                    4' Clairon [SW]
        8' Bassoon                      8' En Chamade
        4' Krummhorn                       Tremulant
    [Received online from Chad Boorsma • February 2, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from Organ Celebration Program Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.