First Avenue Pres Church, wide view of sanctuary
First Avenue Presbyterian Church
Evansville, Indiana

Geo. Kilgen & Son

(Chas. C. Kilgen)
St. Louis, MO

First Avenue Presby Church organ keyboard

According to Ed Marlin, Elder and historian for this congregation, this Kilgen organ was funded by the famous phillanthropist Andrew Carnegie.  According to Wikipedia, Mr. Carnegie's love of music motivated him to fund the building of 7000 church organs.

Sound clips from the Evansville AGO Historic Organs Recital
April 10, 2011:
(MP3 files, click on link and wait for download)

Passion Hymn Setting by Held
played by Matthew Vanover

Go to Dark Gethesemane, Arr. Held
played by Matthew Vanover

Largo from Trio Sonata No. 2 by Bach
played by Neal Biggers

Hymn: Be Thou My Vision
accompanied by Robert Nicholls

Psalm 19 by Marcello
played by Daniel Wilkerson

Postlude by Boellmann
played by Robert Nicholls

Open Diapason 8
Dulciana 8
Melodia 8
Octave 4
Swell to Great 8
Swell to Great 4
Swell to Great 16
Great to Great 4
(Under Expression)
Violin Diapason 8
Viol D' Orchestra 8
Aeoline 8
Vox Celestis 8
Stopped Diapason 8
Bourdon 16
Bass Flute 8
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal

Pneumatic Key and Stop Action
Great to Pedal foot lever, mechanical, reversable
3 Great Pistons, mechanical
2 Swell Pistons, mechanical
Swell Pedal, mechanical

Crescendo Pedal with gauge

(Inside organ case from the side, facade to the right, Swell box in back of picture)

Photos by Neal Biggers, November 2007

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