The OHS Pipe Organ Database

First Baptist Church
Shreveport, Louisiana

OHS Database ID 17111.

Status and Condition

This organ is no longer whole; parts were dispersed, and some may have been re-used in a different installation.
We received the most recent update on this organ's state and condition September 17, 2019.

Technical Details

Electro-pneumatic (EP) chests.

Four manuals. 5 divisions. 33 stops. 44 registers. 34 ranks. Manual compass is 61 notes. Pedal compass is 32 notes.

Traditional style console with roll top. The console is in a fixed position, center.

Drawknobs in vertical rows on angled jambs. Balanced swell shoes/pedals, standard AGO placement. AGO Standard (concave radiating) pedalboard.


  • Identified through information in Volume V of the Pilcher factory ledger and the list of Pilcher organs typed by William E. Pilcher of Louisville. For more information see the document referenced below. (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • Original price: $21,160. William Pilcher's list says 4m. With Echo. Photo Archives 4124 (& neg.) (Elizabeth Schmitt. April 7, 2005)
  • The congregation moved to a suburban location and in 1963 James and Nora Williams installed a new organ that was gradually enlarged to 80-ranks. (Jeff Scofield. September 17, 2019)

Online Documents

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  • Pilcher Organs. Summary of Pilcher Sources by Soosie Schmitt. Author: Author not identified Source: Unpublished monograph. Document Date. April 5, 2005.

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Church Exterior. Vintage Postcard, courtesy of T. Bradford Willis, DDS (1920s)

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  • . Source: Stoplist from the factory ledger via the OHS Archives
        Shreveport, Louisiana
        First Baptist Church
        Pilcher   Op. 1111   1922   4/34
        GREAT (* enclosed)            SWELL
    16' Open Diapason     73      16' Bourdon           73
     8' 1st Open Diapason 73       8' Open Diapason     73
     8' 2nd Open Diapason --       8' Stopped Diapason  73
     8' Philomela         73 *     8' Salicional        73  
     8' Gamba             73 *     8' Vox Celeste       73
     8' Gemshorn          73 *     8' Aeoline           73
     4' Hohl Flute (Phil) -- *     4' Flute Harmonic    73
     8' Harmonic Tuba     73 *     4' Salicet           --
        Tremolo                    2' Flautina          -- +
        Sub                      III  Dolce Cornet     122 +
        Unison Off                16' Contra Posaune    73
        Unison Separation          8' French Horn       73
        Super                      8' Orchestral Oboe   73
                                   8' Vox Humana        73
        ECHO                          Tremolo
     8' Claribel Flute    73          Unison Off
     8' Vox Angelique     73          Unison Separation
     8' Viole Aetheria    73          Super
     8' Vox Seraphique    73
     4' Fern Flute        --          CHOIR
     8' Vox Humana        73
        Tremolo                    8' Horn Diapason     73
     8' Stentorphone      73       8' Concert Flute     73
        Chimes            20       8' Flute Celeste     61
                                   8' Viol d'Orchestra  73
        PEDAL                      8' Dulciana          73
                                   4' Flute d'Amour     73
    16' Open Diapason     32       8' Clarinet          73
    16' Bourdon           32          Tremolo
    16' Violone           GT          Sub
    16' Lieblich Gedeckt  SW          Unison Off
     8' Open Flute (Diap) 12          Unison Separation
     8' Dolce Flute       12          Super
     8' Cello             GT          Harp              61
    16' Posaune           SW
         [Received from Jeff Scofield September 17, 2019]
  • Click Here . Source: Stoplist from the factory ledger via the OHS Archives Plain text; will open in a new window or tab.