Pipe Organ Database

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Gress-Miles Organ Co. (ca. 1980)

Location:

First Presbyterian Church on Court Square
17 N. Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801 US
Sanctuary
Organ ID: 49828

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Presbyterian Churches
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is good, in regular use.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Direct electric
  • 34 ranks. 1812 pipes. 4 divisions. 3 manuals. 22 stops. 44 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): Direct electric chests
  • Position: In a case at the front of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Stops: 22
  • Registers: 44
  • Position: Movable console.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
  • Console Style: Traditional style without cover.
  • Stop Controls: Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Piston(s)
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Piston(s)
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Piston(s)
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on June 08, 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.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on June 07, 2012:

Identified through online information from Bob Moody.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab Stoplist taken from console 6/2/12
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Organ Case: Photograph by Bob Moody. Taken on 2012-06-02

Church Exterior: Photograph by Bob Moody. Taken on 2012-06-02

Console and Organ Case: Photograph from <i>The Diapason</i> (September 1981); image courtesy of Jeff Scofield.

Organ Case: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-06-21

Chancel and Organ Case: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-06-21

Church Exterior: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-06-21

Console: Photograph by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2016-06-21