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First Congregational Church
403 S. Jefferson Ave.
Saginaw, Michigan 48607

OHS Database ID 52967.

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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 July 29, 2014.


Technical Details

Four manuals. 48 ranks.

Notes

  • This is a rebuild of an existing organ. Identified by Nicholas E. Schmelter, based on personal knowledge of the organ. -- In 1928 Ernest M. Skinner of Boston built a new organ for the church. After several unsuccessful alterations, it was mechanically restored and rebuilt by Scott Smith Pipe Organs, LLC - the contract was signed in 2012 - making use of historic and replica materials.
    The organ’s main divisions are located on the building’s central axis. The expressive Swell and Choir Organs are placed high above the sanctuary floor in the rear of the organ chamber; the Great and Pedal Organs fill the foremost positions near the grille; the Echo Organ is located in the east gallery; the movable console built entirely new is located on the sanctuary floor.
    The organ was dedicated in recital by Frederick Swann, May 9, 2014, and in a service of worship, May 18, 2014.
    The instrument was named The Frances Goll Mills Memorial Pipe Organ, a tangible reminder of the benevolence and loving memory of Frances Goll Mills, a long-time member of First Congregational Church,whose generosity throughout the years has allowed the congregation to worship in a house of prayer for all people, to be a beacon of hope for Saginaw’s Cathedral District, and to serve the people of the Great Lakes Bay Region. (Database Manager. July 29, 2014)

Online Documents

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  • Organ dedication recital. Recital program. Source: Color print on white 8.5x11 paper; three pages. Document Date. May 9, 2014. Document received from Nicholas Schmelter 2017-01-04.
  • Organ dedication program book. Description of the new organ, stoplist, project participants, benefactors. Source: Black & white print on 11x17 paper, folded and bound. 30 pages. Document Date. May 9, 2014. Document received from Nicholas Schmelter 2017-01-04.

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Photographs

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Console (2013). Photograph by R. A. Colby, Inc.
Crescendo Pedal, Toe Studs, and Foot Levers (2013). Photograph by R. A. Colby, Inc.
Pedal Pipework (16' Bourdon) (2013). Photograph by Thor Rasmussen
Choir Pipe (8' Corno di Bassetto) (2013). Photograph by Thor Rasmussen
Pipework (Swell Division) (2013). Photograph by Trevor Dodd

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Stoplist

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  • Stoplist copied from the console, 2014

  • STOPLIST
    Ernest M. Skinner Opus 751-C 
    Scott Smith Pipe Organs Opus 3
    
    First Congregational Church, Saginaw, Michigan
    
    GREAT (Manual II)
    1.	16 Bourdon 						
    2.	16 Dulciana (Ch.)
    3.	8 Stentorphone  			
    4.	8 First Diapason			 
    5.	8 Second Diapason			
    6.	8 Flute Harmonique			 
    7.	8 Gedeckt (ext. Bourdon) 				
    8.	8 Erzähler				 
    9.	4 Octave				 
    10.	4 Flute					 
    11.	2 2/3 Twelfth 				 
    12.	2 Fifteenth 				 
    13.	IV Mixture [15-19-22-26] 		
    14.	8 Cornopean 					
    15.	8 Tuba (Ch.) 
    16.	8 Chamade (Ech.) 
    17.	Chimes 
    18.	16 Great
    19.	Unison Off
    20.	4 Great
    21.	Tremolo
    22.	Blank
    
    SWELL (Manual III) 
    1.	8 Diapason				 
    2.	8 Rohrflöte				 
    3.	8 Salicional				 
    4.	8 Voix Celeste 				 
    5.	4 Octave 				 
    6.	4 ▲Flute 
    7.	2 Piccolo				 
    8.	IV Mixture [15-17-19-22] 		
    9.	16 Waldhorn 				
    10.	8 Trumpet 				 
    11.	8 Oboe d’Amour 			 
    12.	8 Vox Humana 			 
    13.	4 Clarion 				 
    14.	Tremolo 
    15.	16 Swell
    16.	Unison Off
    17.	4 Swell
    18.	Blank
    19.	Blank
    
    
    CHOIR (Manual I)
    1.	16 Dulciana 				 
    2.	8 Cello 				 
    3.	8 Concert Flute						 
    4.	8 Dulciana (ext. Dulciana) 
    5.	8 Unda Maris (TC)			 
    6.	4 Flute d’Amore			 
    7.	2 2/3 Nazard 				 
    8.	8 Tuba 					
    9.	8 French Horn				
    10.	8 Corno di Bassetto 					
    11.	Vox Stellarum 
    12.	Tremolo 
    13.	16 Choir
    14.	Unison Off
    15.	4 Choir
    16.	Blank
    
    ECHO & ORCHESTRAL (Manual IV)
    1.	16 Waldhorn (Sw.)
    2.	8 Tuba (Ch.) 						
    3.	8 French Horn (Ch.)
    4.	8 Stentorphone (Gt.)
    5.	8 Chimney Flute			 
    6.	8 Vox Humana				 
    7.	8 Chamade 				
    8.	Chimes 
    9.	Tremolo
    10.	16 Echo
    11.	Unison Off
    12.	4 Echo
    13.	Blank
    14.	Blank
    
    PEDAL 5” WP
    1.	32 Resultant I			
    2.	32 Resultant II			
    3.	16 Diapason			
    4.	16 Subbass 			
    5.	16 Bourdon (Gt.) 
    6.	16 Dulciana (Ch.) 				
    7.	10 2/3 Quintbass			 
    8.	8 Octave (Gt.) 				
    9.	8 Gedeckt (ext. Subbass) 
    10.	8 Dulciana (Ch.)
    11.	5 1/3 Quint (ext. Quintbass)
    12.	4 Super Octave (Gt.)
    13.	4 Flute	(Gt.) 			
    14.	4 Dulciana (Ch.)
    15.	16 Trombone	 		 
    16.	16 Waldhorn (Sw.)
    17.	8 Tuba	(Ch.) 
    18.	8 Tromba (ext. Trombone)
    19.	8 Waldhorn (Sw.)
    20.	8 Chamade (Ech.)
    21.	4 Clarion (Ch.)
    22.	4 Waldhorn (Sw.)
    23.	Chimes
    24.	4 Pedal
    25.	Blank
    26.	Blank
    
    COUPLERS 
    1.	Choir to Pedal		8
    2.	Choir to Pedal		4
    3.	Great to Pedal		8
    4.	Great to Pedal		4
    5.	Swell to Pedal		8
    6.	Swell to Pedal		4
    7.	Echo to Pedal		8
    8.	Echo to Pedal		4
    9.	Pedal Divide
    10.	Pedal to Great		8
    11.	Choir to Great		16
    12.	Choir to Great		8
    13.	Choir to Great		4
    14.	Swell to Great		16
    15.	Swell to Great		8
    16.	Swell to Great		4
    17.	Echo to Great		8
    18.	Great to Choir		8
    19.	Swell to Choir		16
    20.	Swell to Choir		8
    21.	Swell to Choir		4
    22.	Echo to Choir		8
    23.	Choir to Swell		16
    24.	Choir to Swell		8
    25.	Choir to Swell		4
    26.	Echo to Swell		8
    27.	Great-Choir Transfer
    28.	All Swells to Master (Echo Pedal)
    29.	Blank
    30.	Blank
    
    PISTONS
    General 	1-21
    Great		1-8 + Cancel
    Choir		1-8 + Cancel
    Swell		1-8 + Cancel
    Echo		1-8 + Cancel
    Pedal		1-7 + Cancel
    Couplers 	1-6 + Cancel
    General Cancel
    Set
    Sforzando
    Great to Ped
    Choir to Ped
    Swell to Ped
    Swell to Choir
    Echo to Choir
    Great to Choir
    Choir to Great
    Swell to Great
    Echo to Great
    Choir to Swell
    Sequencer UP
    Sequencer DOWN
    All Swells to Master 
    
    TOE STUDS
    General 1-21
    Pedal 1-7
    
    PIANO PEDALS (Reversibles)
    Choir to Great
    Swell to Great
    Echo to Great
    Great to Pedal
    Choir to Pedal
    Swell to Pedal
    Echo to Pedal
    Sforzando
    
    INDICATOR LIGHTS
    Wind
    Sforzando
    Great/Choir Transfer
    Crescendo
    All Swells to Master 
    
    
    
     [Received from Nicholas E. Schmelter 2014-08-18.]
  • Stoplist copied from the console, 2014 Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.