Status and Condition
The organ has been altered from the original installation as described here.
The organ needs repairs, but is in usable condition.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition May 22, 2017.
Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.
Three manuals. 4 divisions.
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.
- 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)
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- Plans for the Enhancement of the First Presbyterian Church Pipe Organ. Sketch of proposed alterations of the chancel and gallery organs. A history of the Pilcher opus 1229 organ and its rebuilding, repairs, and additions over the years.. Source: Brochure. Document Date. Unknown.
Document received from T. Bradford Willis, DDS 2017-07-14.
- A Festival of Hymns celebrating the inauguration of the refurbished organ. Concert program, Mark Scott, organist, with photograph and stoplist. Author: First Presbyterian Church, Waco, Texas
Source: Printed program, size not recorded. Document Date. September 20, 1992.
Document received from T. Bradford Willis, DDS 2016-11-06.
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