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The Kilgen-Reuter Organ

A Time Line of Westminster Presbyterian Church
and First Baptist Church History and Organ Facts

1951 First Baptist Church (FBC) signed a contract with Kilgen Organ Company to build an organ for the new sanctuary on West Pine Street. It was installed in 1952 at a cost of $25,440. The organ was a gift of the T. E. Ross family in memory of their mother. The contract was signed by E. B. Conn, Treasurer, J. K. Travis, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and Dr. E. W. Green, Chairman of the Building Committee.

1954 Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) was chartered and began meeting at Woodley School.

1963 WPC sanctuary was built. The architect originally designed space for a pipe organ.

1974 WPC installed a Zimmer Organ as a gift from Yetta Alexander in memory of her husband.

1986 The Reuter Organ Company renovated and expanded the Kilgen organ at First Baptist church. The basic composition of stops was conceived by professional musicians and church members, Dr. Donald Winters and Helen McWhorter, organist.

1987 FBC hosted a Service of Dedication of the Reuter Organ in July.

2006 FBC began construction of a new building in west Hattiesburg

9/2008 Organ Task Force appointed by WPC Session; David Finch consulted with the committee.

7/2009 WPC Session appointed an organ committee to coordinate the project.

8/2009 FBC and WPC executed a final contract for sale of the Kilgen-Reuter organ. WPC Congregation approved borrowing money for the project. WPC began worshipping in the Fellowship Hall to make space for the organ project.

9/2009 WPC began a capital campaign to pay for organ installation and sanctuary renovations.

12/2009 WPC members began worshipping in the renovated sanctuary using the Yamaha grand piano.

1/2010 Organ builder, David Finch, added a Peterson ICS 4000 digital system that upgrades the console to allow recording, playback and transposition.

3/2010 WPC began using the organ in worship services.

4/2010 WPC Organ Re-dedication Concert.




The Kilgen-Reuter Organ

Original organ built by Kilgen Organ Company (1952)
Rebuilt and expanded by Reuter Organ Company, Opus 2084 (1987)
Relocated, tonal finishing and console upgrade by Finch Organs (2009)

The specifications or Stoplist is as follows:

4 manuals, 51 ranks, 5 divisions

16’ (Anc) Clarinet
8’ Principal
8’ Bourdon
4’ Octave
2’ Flachflφte
IV Fourniture
8’ Festival Trumpet
8’ Trompette en Chamade (Preparation)

Great Couplers:
Great to Great 16’
Great Unison Off
Great to Great 4’
Swell to Great 16’
Swell to Great 8’
Swell to Great 4’
Positiv to Great 16’
Positiv to Great 8’
Positiv to Great 4’
Ancillary to Great 16’
Ancillary to Great 8’
Ancillary to Great 4’

8’ Gedeckt
4’ Spitzflφte
2’ Principal
1-1/3’ Quinte
IV Scharf
16’ (Gt) Trompette en Chamade (Preparation)
8’ (Gt) Trompette en Chamade (Preparation)
4’ (Gt) Trompette en Chamade (Preparation)

Positiv Couplers:
Positiv to Positiv 16’
Positiv Unison Off
Positiv to Positiv 4’
Swell to Positiv 16’
Swell to Positiv 8’
Swell to Positiv 4’
Ancillary to Positiv 16’
Ancillary to Positiv 8’
Ancillary to Positiv 4’

16’ Rohrflφte
16’ Gemshorn
8’ Rohrflφte
8’ Gemshorn
8’ Viole de Gambe
8’ Viole Celeste (TC)
8’ Dulciana
8’ Unda Maris (TC)
4’ Concert flute
2-2/3’ Nasard
2’ Flautino
8’ Clarinet
8’ (Gt) Festival Trumpet
Ancillary Nave Shutters Closed

Ancillary Couplers:
Ancillary to Ancillary 16’
Ancillary to Unison Off
Ancillary to Ancillary 4’

8’ Rohrflφte
8’ Viola
8’ Viola Celeste (TC)
4’ Principal
4’ Hohlflφte
2-2/3’ Nasard
2’ Blockflφte
1-3/5’ Tierce
IV Cymbel
16’ Fagotto
8’ Trompette
8’ Fagotto
8’ Oboe
8’ Vox Humana (Preparation)
4’ Trompette
Swell Nave Shutters Closed

Swell Couplers:
Swell to Swell 16’
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4’
Ancillary to Swell 16’
Ancillary to Swell 8’
Ancillary to Swell 4’

32’ Resultant
16’ Principal
16’ Bourdon
16’ (Anc) Gemshorn
16’ (Anc) Rohrflφte
8’ Principal
8’ Bourdon
8’ (Anc) Gemshorn
4’ Choral Bass
4’ Bourdon
4’ (Anc) Gemshorn
2’ Flute
IV Mixture
16’ Posaune
16’ (Sw) Fagotto
8’ Posaune
8’ (Sw) Fagotto
4’ Posaune
4’ (Anc) Clarinet
8’ (Gt) Trompette en Chamade (Preparation)

Pedal Couplers:
Great to Pedal 8’
Great to Pedal 4’
Swell to Pedal 8’
Swell to Pedal 4’
Positiv to Pedal 8’
Positiv to Pedal 4’
Ancillary to Pedal 8’
Ancillary to Pedal 4’

Console Features:
Traditional style, movable
    console with roll top
Lighted adjustable glass
     music desk
Drawknobs in vertical rows
     on angled jambs
Adjustable combination pistons
AGO Standard pedalboard
Balanced swell shoes/pedals
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

Peterson ICS 4000 system
 (digital console upgrade):
Control display unit
100 memory levels with
 “Organist Folders” organization
Programmable crescendo -
    two levels
Programmable sforzando
USB data port


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Updated  04/24/2010

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