St. Catherine of Siena Church

Portage, Michigan

Year Built: 1996
Manuals: 2
Stops: 17
Ranks: 23

Swell Organ (Expressive)

8′ Viola de Gambe
8′ Voix Céleste TC
8′ Rohrflöte
4′ Principal
4′ Harmonic Flute
2′ Octavin
IV Plein Jeu
16′ Contre Trompette
8′ Trompette
Swell to Swell 16′
Swell Unison Off
Swell to Swell 4′

Pedal Organ

32′ Resultant
16′ Subbass
16′ Rohrgedeckt (SW)
8′ Octave
8′ Bourdon
8′ Rohrflöte (SW)
5 1/3 Quintflöte
4′ Choral Bass
16′ Contre Trompette (SW)
8′ Trompette (SW)
4′ Trompette (SW)

Great Organ

16′ Rohrflöte (SW)
8′ Principal
8′ Bourdon
4′ Octave
4′ Nachthorn
2 2/3 Twelfth
2′ Super Octave
1 3/5 Tierce
IV Fourniture
8′ Trompette (SW)
Great Unison Off


Swell to Pedal (with toe piston)
Great to Pedal (with toe piston)
Tutti (with toe piston)


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


12 General (with toe pistons)

The Nichols & Simpson organ at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Portage, Michigan is equipped with a French terraced drawknob console for optimum visual communication between the organst and the choir. The console features keys of polished cow-bone and rosewood. The drawknobs are of turned roseweood with bone inset for the engraving. The interior of the console is constructed of burl eucalyptus. The solid state control system allows the organist 32 levels of combination action memory.

The organ includes an extensive MIDI system, allowing the organist to access sound modules playable on either of the manuals or the pedalboard, as well as a MIDI sequencer which allows the organist to duplicate a performance exactly as it was recorded.

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)

Timothy M. Bovard
(windchest construction, installation)

Christopher B. McKinney
(windchest construction)

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

Kevin Keefe
(case construction)