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Opus 98

First Presbyterian Church

Evansville, IN

Ranks: 38
Independent Voices: 30
Pipes: 1919
Created: 1991

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Speaking from the rear gallery of the lofty sanctuary, the organ is housed in an American walnut case designed by Charles Nazarian to harmonize with the Victorian Gothic architecture of the church. The façade pipes are of hammered lead, the largest is DD# of the Great Prestant 16′.

Charles Fisk made an initial visit to the church in September 1980, and set the course for the design of the instrument. The contract was signed in April 1984, four months after Charles’s death, an expression of the church’s trust in his successors. The final tonal design reflects numerous discussions with Dr. Douglas Reed, Organ Consultant to the church and Professor of Organ at the University of Evansville. A number of pipes from the Marshall Brothers instrument of 1874 and the Casavant rebuild of 1925 were reconditioned at the Fisk workshop and revoiced to fit Opus 98’s tonal scheme. The temperament is Fisk I. The stop action is mechanical and is outfitted with a mechanical combination system.

In response to recommendations by acoustician R. Lawrence Kirkegaard of Chicago, the entire ceiling was resurfaced with sound-reflecting material. Kirkegaard, in consultation with architects Knapp, Given, Veazey & Shoulders, designed new air conditioning equipment to eliminate mechanical noise. The walls on both sides of the balcony were subtly reshaped to eliminate a flutter echo that would have adversely affected musical sound from the balcony.

Opus 98

Great, Manual I
Prestant 16′
Principal 8′
Spire Flute 8′
Harmonic Flute 8′ *
Octave 4′
Chimney Flute 4′ *
Twelfth 2 2/3′
Fifteenth 2′
Seventeenth 1 3/5′
Mixture IV-VII
German Trumpet 8′
Bass Clarionet 16′ *

Swell, Manual II, enclosed
Bourdon 16′ *      1-12 from Pedal
Violin Diapason 8′ *
Celeste 8′
Stopt Diapason 8′ *
Italian Principal 4′
Nazard 2 2/3′
Doublet 2′
Tierce II
Sharp IV
Hautboy 8′ *
French Trumpet 8′

Open Wood 16′ *
Prestant 16′      Great
Bourdon 16′ *
Octave 8′
Super Octave 4′ *
Trombone 16′ *
Trumpet 8′ *


Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal


Tremulant whole organ
Wind Stabilizer

*Denotes pipes used from preexisting organ, rebuilt and revoiced.
Mechanical Key & Stop Action
Manual key compass CC-a3, 58 notes, Pedal compass CC-f1, 30 notes
Combination Pedals: Two adjustable pairs of pedals (“On” and “Off”), one pair for stops on the right-hand stop jamb, one pair for the stops of the left-hand stop jamb.