First United Methodist Church

Paragould, Arkansas

Year Built: 2001
Manuals: 2
Stops: 20
Ranks: 23

Swell Organ (Expressive)

16′ Gedeckt
8′ Diapason
8′ Chimney Flute
8′ Salicional
8′ Voix Celeste CC
4′ Principal
4′ Harmonic Flute*
2′ Octavin
IV Plein Jeu
16′ Double Trumpet*
8′ Trompette
8′ Oboe
4′ Clairon*
Swell to Swell 16′
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4′

Pedal Organ

32′ Resultant
16′ Open Wood
16′ Subbass
16′ Gedeckt (SW)
8′ Octave
8′ Bourdon
8′ Chimney Flute (SW)
4′ Choral Bass
4′ Bourdon
16′ Posaune
16′ Double Trumpet*
8′ Trumpet
8′ Double Trumpet*
4′ Clairon*

Great Organ

16′ Violone*
8′ Principal
8′ Bourdon
8′ Violone*
4′ Octave
4′ Nachthorn
2 2/3 Twelfth
2′ Super Octave
1 3/5 Seventeenth
IV Fourniture*
8′ Trumpet
Great Unison Off
Great to Great 4′


Great to Pedal (with toe paddle)
Swell to Pedal (with toe paddle)
Swell to Great
Tutti (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)
6 Swell
6 Great
6 Pedal (with toe pistons)
* prepared for future addition

The Nichols & Simpson instrument at First United Methodist Church in Paragould, Arkansas replaces a Möller pipe organ that was originally built in the 1920’s. There had been some subsequent additions made to the instrument by several service technicians. The new Nichols & Simpson pipe organ incorporates some pipework from the Möller and a few ranks of pipes that were added by the service technicians. The new instrument features a new console with manual natural keys of bone and sharps of rosewood, rosewood drawknobs with bone faces inset for engraving, and rosewood expression shoes. The organ also was provided with new Nichols & Simpson pallet-and-slider windchests.

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)

Joshua Peden
(voicing assistant)

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

A. R. Schopp’s Sons