Austin Organs, Inc. (Opus 2366, 1962)

Location:

First Congregational Church
1200 Clark St.
Rapid City, SD 57701 US
Organ ID: 13196

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Congregational Church
  • The organ has been renovated with changes from its original state.
  • The organ's condition is unknown.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Jeff Scofield on October 11, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: Information unknown or not applicable
  • 35 ranks. 4 divisions. 3 manuals.
All:
  • Position: Pipes exposed (in whole or in part) in a gallery at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Manuals: 3
  • Divisions: 4
  • Position: Console in fixed position, center.
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Console Style: Non-traditional style, as consoles by Holtkamp, Schlicker, et al.
  • Stop Controls: Tilting/rocking tablets above top manual.
  • Combination Action: Computerized/Digital system.
  • Swell Control Type: Balanced swell shoes/pedals, AGO standard placement.
  • Pedalboard Type: Concave radiating pedalboard meeting AGO Standards.
  • Has Crescendo Pedal
  • Has Tutti Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Tutti Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Thumb Pistons
  • Has Combination Action Toe Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Thumb Pistons
  • Has Coupler Reversible Toe Pistons
  • Has a Piston Sequencer
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Jeff Scofield on October 11, 2021:

From Rapid City Organists via Facebook: The organ at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Rapid City, South Dakota was originally a two-manual Austin organ, built in 1959. Frederick Swann played the dedication recital of the Austin organ on January 14, 1962. The organ was rebuilt and enlarged by Matters Bros., Inc. in 2006-2008. A Choir Division of 12 ranks was added during the organ expansion project. The new console was designed by Matters-Schlicker and custom built for the church. It is a narrow Conductor’s Console, with the pedal board from the original Austin retained. The organ is a three-manual instrument with 35 ranks of pipes, 9 memory levels, and electro-pneumatic action.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jeff Scofield on October 11, 2021.

Database Manager on August 15, 2009:

Updated through on-line information from Wyatt Smith.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on January 08, 2005:

Information identifying this instrument from the Austin Organs, Inc. web site, accessed December 31, 2004: http://www.austinorgans.com/organ-research.htm.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Instrument Images:

Exposed pipes: Photograph by Rapid City Chapter AGO, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2019-08-12

Church interior: Photograph by Rapid City Organists, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2021-10-08

Church exterior: Photograph by Rapid City Organists, via Facebook, submitted by Jeff Scofield. Taken on 2021-10-08

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