West Side Presbyterian Church

Ridgewood, New Jersey

Year Built: 2007
Manuals: 3
Stops: 48
Ranks: 59

Swell Organ (Expressive)

16′ Bourdon
8′ Diapason
8′ Chimney Flute
8′ Salicional
8′ Voix Céleste CC
8′ Flauto Dolce
8′ Flute Céleste GG
4′ Principal
4′ Flûte Octaviante
2 2/3 Nasard
2′ Octavin
1 3/5 Tierce
1 1/3 Larigot
IV-V Plein Jeu
16′ Double Trumpet
8′ Trompette
8′ Hautbois
8′ Vox Humana
4+8′ Clairon
Swell to Swell 16′
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4′
8′ Tuba (GT)*

Great Organ

16′ Double Geigen
8′ Principal
8′ Geigen
8′ Harmonic Flute*
8′ Bourdon*
8′ Gamba*
4′ Octave
4′ Nachthorn*
2 2/3 Twelfth
2′ Fifteenth
1 3/5 Seventeenth
IV-V Fourniture
8′ Harmonic Trumpet*
8′ Cromorne*
4+8′ Clarion*
Great Unison Off
8′ Tuba*

Antiphonal Organ

8′ Principal †
8′ Gedeckt †
4′ Octave †
8′ Trompette †

Antiphonal Pedal

16′ Gedeckt †

Choir Organ (Expressive)

16′ Erzähler
8′ Geigen Diapason
8′ Bourdon
8′ Erzähler
8′ Erzähler Céleste GG
4′ Principal
4′ Koppelflöte
2′ Flautino
IV Mixture
8′ English Horn
8′ Clarinet
8′ Tuba (GT)
Choir to Choir 16′
Choir Unison Off
Choir to Choir 4′
16′ Trombone (PED)
8′ Tromba (PED)
4′ Tromba Clairon (PED)

Pedal Organ

32′ Contra Bourdon
16′ Open Wood
16′ Subbass
16′ Double Geigen (GT)
16′ Bourdon (SW)
16′ Erzähler (CH)
8′ Gross Flute
8′ Octave
8′ Geigen (GT)
8′ Gross Bourdon
8′ Bourdon (SW)
8′ Erzähler (CH)
4′ Choral Bass
4′ Gross Flute
IV Mixture
32′ Ophicleide
16′ Trombone
16′ Double Trumpet (SW)
8′ Trumpet
8′ Tuba (GT)*
4′ Clarion
Chimes (GT)*


Great to Pedal (with toe piston)
Swell to Pedal (with toe piston)
Choir to Pedal (with toe piston)
Swell to Great
Choir to Great
Swell to Choir
Great to Choir
32′ Contra Bourdon (toe pison)
32′ Ophicleide (toe piston)
Tutti I (with toe piston)
Tutti II (with toe piston)
All Swells to Swell


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


15 General (with toe pistons)
8 Swell
8 Great
8 Choir
3 Antiphonal
6 Pedal (with toe pistons)
* expressive
prepared for later addition

The journey towards a Nichols & Simpson pipe organ for The West Side Presbyterian Church began in 1999, when a contract was signed for an instrument to replace the church’s Austin organ, reusing many pipes from the existing instrument. We received news on January 8, 2002, that the church had been totally destroyed by fire. In the ensuing months, we watched in amazement as this courageous and faith-filled congregation made the decision to rebuild, and we were exceedingly pleased to be chosen to build the pipe organ for the new worship space.

The West Side Presbyterian organ is unique in many ways. Its striking visual appearance was designed by the Church’s architect, Herbert S. Newman and Partners, PC, and the unusual cylindrical case pipes were constructed by A. R. Schopp’s Sons, Inc. The case was designed by Frank Friemel and executed by QLF Custom Pipe Organ Components, LLC.

The chest actions are electric-slider with pneumatic-cylinder stop actions and electro-pneumatic/electro-mechanical actions for unit and duplexed stops. The swell boxes are two inches thick with hollow shades featuring sound-trap joint construction. Shade movement is controlled by 12-stage pneumatic-cylinder whiffle-tree swell engines. The moveable console is constructed of mahogany finished to match the interior of the church, and features an interior of burl eucalyptus, bone natural keys with rosewood sharp keys, rosewood expression and crescendo shoes, rosewood drawknobs with bone faces, rosewood thumb pistons with bone faces, and bone tilting tablets to operate the intermanual couplers. The organ utilizes a Peterson ICS 4000 control system and incorporates 256 levels of memory.

The instrument was dedicated on Sunday, October 9, 2007 during a recital by Dr. Catherine Rodland, daughter of Joanne Rodland, the church’s director of music, and the late John Rodland.

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)

Timothy M. Bovard
(construction, installation)

David C. Scribner
(construction, installation)

Kenneth Dykes

Christian C. Lentz
(voicing assistant)

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

Frank Friemel
(facade case design)

QLF Custom Pipe Organ Components, LLC
(facade case construction, chest grids)

A. R. Schopp’s Sons