The Organ List

Organs of Interest in the Upper Midwest

The New Organ List

To easily locate an organ in the list, use your browser's "find" function, usually ctrl-f.

Over many years, Dick Greene assembled a comprehensive list of over 2100 instruments, truly a remarkable resource which many of us use on a regular basis.  We will forever be in his debt and wish him all the best with the free time he will now have in full retirement.

The New Organ List is a work in progress. I am converting pages in city-name order, starting with Minnesota. If your city/organ is not found in The New Organ List, check The Old Organ List (below). You may need to press the reload symbol (on Chrome it's a partial circle on the upper left by the URL line). When the conversion is complete, the Old Organ List will be retired.

Should you run into a 404 File Not Found error, try rebooting your computer, or let me know so it can be fixed.

Please continue to send new and old organs -- corrections.  We try and publish a brief description of each organ with its builder and date, stoplist, along with pictures of the building, the console and a view of the pipes if possible.  

Some notes about the New Organ List:

  1. Where possible we list the builder with opus number. Some organs move around and find new locations.
  2. When churches merge or change names, we try and include a cross reference link -- either in the city index or directly in the organ's page.
  3. We've found many cases of fires, tornados, congregations that moved to new buildings, etc. Sometimes the organs were moved. (We even found one instance where, due to documentation errors, the same organ was in four locations simultaneously!)
  4. Many churches have replaced an older organ. In these cases we list each instrument by the original builder. If some ranks are reused, we will note it. Rebuilds and renovations are cited if we know about it, but maintenance activities such as releathering or a new console or new relay does not constitute a new organ, and it remains attributed to the original builder.

Conversion progress:

  • 03 April 2015: add Minnesota cities beginning with "A"
  • 19 April 2020: Minneapolis through Plymouth Congregational
  • 09 May 2020: Lise Schmidt has started editing Wisconsin, with first part of alphabet published
  • 17 May 2020: Wisconsin added through Appleton
  • 1 June 2020: Minnesota added through most of New Ulm; Wisconsin A and B
  • 13 June 2020: We welcome Jay Engquist who has edited the first North Dakota entries. Many more pages for Wisconsin are also now live.
  • 1 July 2020: North Dakota complete with the information we have.
  • 5 July 2020: Wisconsin complete through Green Bay
  • 15 July 2020: South Dakota complete through Sioux Falls
  • 27 July 2020: South Dakota complete. Starting Iowa.
  • 04 August 2020: Iowa published through Cedar Falls
  • 15 August 2020: Iowa complete through Cedar Rapids
  • 31 August 2020: Iowa complete through Iowa City
  • 05 Sept 2020: Iowa complete through "N"
  • 12 Sept 2020: Iowa complete, first pass
  • 18 Sept 2020: Wisconsin through "J"; Iowa second pass additions to list, unlinked
  • 21 Oct 2020: Iowa second pass, through "N"


David Engen

For any further information on any of these instruments, or to submit corrections, additions or pictures, please contact DavidPEngen@aol.com Do not send them to Richard Greene. He is retired and would like to remain retired!


The Old Organ List





 

 

 

 

 

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