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)