Greene Chapel, Hendrix College

Conway, Arkansas

Year Built: 1997
Manuals: 2
Stops: 27
Ranks: 33

Swell Organ (Expressive)

16′ Gedeckt
8′ Diapason*
8′ Chimney Flute
8′ Salicional*
8′ Voix Celeste* CC
4′ Principal
4′ Harmonic Flute
2 2/3 Nasard
2′ Octavin
1 3/5 Tierce
IV Plein Jeu
16′ Double Trumpet
8′ Trompette
8′ Hautbois
4′ Clairon
Swell to Swell 16′
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4′

Pedal Organ

32′ Basse
16′ Subbass*
16′ Violone* (GT)
16′ Gedeckt* (SW)
8′ Octave*
8′ Bourdon
8′ Violone (GT)
8′ Chimney Flute (SW)
4′ Super Octave*
4′ Flute
16′ Trombone
16′ Double Trumpet (SW)
8′ Tromba (GT)
8′ Trumpet (SW)
4′ Clairon (SW)

Great Organ

16′ Contra Violone*
8′ Principal
8′ Harmonic Flute1
8′ Violone
8′ Bourdon
4′ Octave
4′ Nachthorn
2 2/3 Twelfth
2′ Super Octave
1 3/5 Seventeenth
IV Fourniture
8′ Clarinet †
Great Unison Off
8′ Trumpet (SW)
8′ Tromba* ‡


Swell to Great (with toe piston)
Swell to Pedal (with toe piston)
Great to Pedal (with toe piston)
Tutti I (with toe paddle)
Tutti II (with toe paddle)


Great to Swell 8′
Swell to Great 16′ 8′ 4′
Great to Pedal 8′
Swell to Pedal 8′ 4′


10 General (with toe pistons)
5 Swell
5 Great
5 Pedal
* retained from previous instrument, revoiced
prepared for future addition
not affected by couplers
1 1-12 common bass with Bourdon

The Nichols & Simpson organ in Greene Chapel on the campus of Hendrix College replaces an organ built by the W. W. Kimball Co. of Chicago. The new instrument incorporates some of the Kimball pipework, revoiced and rescaled to fit into the current tonal scheme. The console and cases are constructed of white oak with applied gold leaf. The case pipes are frosted tin with applied gold leaf. The manual natural keys are of bone, and the sharps are of rosewood. The drawknobs were individually turned of rosewood with bone faces inset. The combination action has 99 levels of memory, a four-level adjustable crescendo system, as well as a piston sequencer. The main windchests are pallet-and-slider construction with electric key action. Wind pressure is 100mm for all stops except the Tromba, which is on 183mm.

The console is prepared for the addition of a MIDI playback and record system.

Those who contributed to the realization of the organ include:

C. Joseph Nichols
(engineering, installation, tonal finishing)

Wayne E. Simpson III
(design, voicing, tonal finishing, gold leaf)

Duane Vanderpluym
(construction, installation)

Jorge A. Osorio
(construction, installation, gold leaf)

Timothy M. Bovard
(construction, installation)

Bryan K. Gray
(computer-aided drawing and design)

R. A. Colby, Inc.

Rebecca Rogers Witsell
(gold leaf application to case pipes)

David Mitchell
(case construction drawings)

A. R. Schopp’s Sons