The Visser-Rowland Organ
About This Organ
The organ contains approximately 2,500 board feet of oak, 1,500 board feet of poplar, and 1,200 linear feet of laminates. Besides the large quantities of those woods mentioned, smaller portions of beech, maple, cocobolo, satinwood, and others were also used. One thousand three hundred, twenty-eight pipes are found in the instrument. They range in size from 1/4 inch to 9 feet tall. When played, the organ will produce a frequency range from 64 to 14,000 cycles and from 15 to 110 decibels.
The tonal design of the organ was developed in consultation with Dr. Michael L. Corzine of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. Our goal was to develop an organ able to fulfill the worship needs of First United Methodist and an instrument which would be a gift to God from the congregation.
All of us at Visser-Roland Associates have tried very hard to make this instrument worthy of the church's goals. We hope it will stand for many years to fulfill the mission of the First United Methodist Church of Bainbridge, Georgia.
Pieter A. Visser
President, Visser-Rowland Associates, Inc.
March 22, 2987
Statement of Dedication
The completed organ stands today as a tribute to those whose gifts of money, time and effort enabled the church to acquire it. All gifts have been acknowledged by the church.
In recognition of long and continued interest and support, the Trustees unanimously voted to dedicate the new organ to the Glory of God, and to the memories of Ruth Forrester (Church Organist, 1963-1980), Reuben M. Reynolds, Sr. (Chairman of Trustees, 1953-1980) and in honor of Mrs. Annie B. Reynolds.
Our prayer is that this organ will serve generations to come and enrich these lives as they endeavor to worship and glorify God.
Wesley W. Catledge, Jr., Chairmand of Music Committee
Bill J. Jones, Chairman of Board of Trustees
March 22, 1987