The Nichols & Simpson organ at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas replaces a modest Wicks unit organ. In preparation for the installation of the Nichols & Simpson pipe organ, extensive modifications were made to the building to allow the instrument to be placed high on the axis of the building and to improve the acoustical environment of the room significantly. Scott Riedel was the church’s acoustical consultant. The new instrument features a moveable terraced console with manual natural keys of bone and sharps of rosewood, rosewood drawknobs and bone faces inset for engraving, and rosewood expression shoes.
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)
Duane Vanderpluym (construction, installation)
Jorge A. Osorio (console, construction, installation)