The Bedient Pipe Organ

The completion of this marvelous instrument is the final phase in a project that has included remodeling of the Chancel area, acoustical improvements and enhanced lighting and sound. The goal of this project was to make our century-old “meeting house” a place where people come together, not only for worship, but for learning, public discourse and the sharing of ideas. It is a place that enables and encourages people to think and to learn, to listen and to speak, and to seek the sense of community that comes with the honest sharing of and respect for another belief or point of view. We believe that God is still speaking, and we join together to discover and share that divine presence in our world today.

The ability to express ourselves through the creation and appreciation of art is one of the ways in which we seek to encounter our still-speaking God. Our Sanctuary provides a place where a wide variety of arts are possible. An integral part of this worship and arts space is our pipe organ. Our collaboration with The Bedient Organ Company has produced an instrument that incorporates the best of our past—there are pipes in the organ from 1922— with new pipework which expands and completes this versatile pipe organ. The casework created by Bedient to frame the new speaking façade makes a dramatic visual impact, beautifully blending with existing woodwork in the room. The organ’s voice supports congregational song, inspires people in worship, and enables the performance of a wide variety of organ literature. It will serve this church and community well for many years to come. Soli Deo Gloria!

Organ Specifications

Bedient Organ Company, opus 81

Completed January 2008

  • 3 manuals and pedal
  • 45 stops, 57 ranks, 3,138 pipes
  • Electropneumatic action
  • Solid state combination action with 32 memory levels
  • 10 general pistons (manual, duplicated by toe studs)
  • 5 divisional pistons (manual for keyboards, toe studs for pedal)
  • Standard couplers plus reversible toe studs for Gr/Ped, Sw/Ped and Ch/Ped
  • Tutti (reversible manual piston and toe stud)
  • General Cancel manual piston
  • Expression pedals for Choir and Swell divisions
  • Crescendo pedal
  • Adjustable height bench
  • Console on moveable platform
Great Swell Choir Pedal
Principal 16 Gedackt 16 Quintaton 16 Contrebourdon 32 (1-12 resultant)
Principal 8 Viole de Gambe 8 Diapason 8 Principal 16
Bourdon 8 Voix céleste 8 Holtzflote 8 Bourdon 16
Flûte harmonique 8 Gedackt 8 Viole d'Amore 8 Gedackt 16 (Sw)
Octave 4 Principal 4 Viole celeste 8 Quinte 10 2/3
Spitzflute 4 Harmonic Flute 4 Spitzprincipal 4 Octave 8
Quinte 2 2/3 Nazard 2 2/3 Koppelflote 4 Bourdon 8
Fifteenth 2 Blockflote 2 Nazard 2 2/3 Gedackt 8 (Sw))
Mixture IV Tierce 1 3/5 Octave 2 Choral Bass 4
Trompete 8 Plein jeu IV Tierce 1 3/5 Bourdon 4
Solo Trumpet 8 Contrafagott 16 Quinte 1 1/3 Mixture IV
Carillon (digital) Trompette 8 Scharf IV Contrebombarde 32 (1-12 resultant)
Zimbelstern (prepared) Fagott 8 Krummhorn 8 Bombarde 16
Chimes Oboe 8 Solo Trumpet 8 Fagott 16 (Sw)
  Clairon 4 Harp (prepared) Trompette 8
  Solo Trumpet 8 Tremulant Fagott 8 (Sw)
  Tremulant Choir 16 Fagott 4 (Sw)
  Carillon (digital) Choir Unison Clairon 4
  Swell 16 Choir 4  
  Swell Unison    
  Swell 4    

The First Congregational Church organ was featured in the August 2008 Edition of The American Organist magazine, the journal of the American Guild of Organists and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

Builder’s Statement

Our goals for First Congregational Church were: 1) To rebuild and enhance the existing organ to make it reliable and visually attractive. 2) To create an organ rich in fundamental sound which would generate a wide dynamic range for various accompanimental tasks as well as lead hymn singing. 3) To create a variety of beautiful sounds for playing organ literature. 4) To integrate the old with the new in such a manner that the two work together seamlessly. 5) To improve the internal layout of the organ to make it an easy organ to tune and service.

The organ has three manuals and pedals, 45 speaking stops, 57 ranks of pipes totaling 3,138 individual pipes. New sets of pipes were added during the renovation/enhancement of the organ. Many are softer stops that are intended to provide colorful sounds and new varieties of sounds without necessarily making the organ louder. The organist has the ability to choose which sets of pipes will play at any given time, thus giving the organ its great variety of sound colors and dynamics. The wooden organ pipes are made of sugar pine, fur, poplar and the metal pipes are made of zinc as well as various alloys of tin and lead.

The organ façade is made of red oak and employs decorative motifs found in the decoration of the nave and its furnishings. It is enhanced by pipe shades carved of basswood, giving the organ a depth of artistic visual character.

The organbuilders who made the instrument:

Arden Bock Duane Grosse Mark Miller Jonathan Taylor
Jasmine Beach Chad Johnson Eric Smith Fred Zander
Gene Bedient Todd Lange Jason Smith Todd Znamená?ek
Gwen Bedient Paul Lytle Edward Stibal  

Special thanks is offered for Eric Grane who worked with Gene Bedient in the tuning and voicing of the instrument. It is our hope that this new instrument will provide inspiration and worship enhancement to all who see and hear it over the coming generations.

Gene R. Bedient, Organbuilder

Bedient Pipe Organ Company
1060 Saltillo Road Roca, NE 68430
402.420.7662 1.800.382.4225