FUMC Pipe Organs

First United Methodist Church is home to the Hochhalter pipe organ and the Petty Portative Organ.

Hochhalter pipe organ



The Hochhalter pipe organ in Eugene First United Methodist Church started its life in 1913.  Built by the Austin Company, it was moved to a much larger sanctuary in 1968. Many unfortunate mechanical changes had been made through the years. By the 1990's it became obvious that the instrument needed a complete mechanical and tonal rebuilding and major expansion. Starting in 1995, work began on the Swell division. Each subsequent year an additional division was completed. Some of the 1913 pipes were retained, although very few pipes remain in an unaltered state. Many weeks were spent adjusting the volume and timbre of the pipes to balance in and fill the large cubic volume of the sanctuary where considerable power is required from an organ of only 41 ranks. A step back from the American Classic organ colors and dynamics of the Romantic and post-Romantic British and French tonal styles were explored. The double-blocked French Trumpet and Great Harmonic Flute are patterned after the Parisian organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. The organ contains five other sets of harmonic flute pipes of varying pitch and color. Ten full and two partial ranks from the 1913 Austin were retained. Every pipe of the original Austin organ was revoiced or rescaled. The Gloria Trumpet, which operates on 10" of wind pressure, is named in honor of Gloria Hodges who served as organist from 1980-1999. Any mention of this instrument would be incomplete without also citing the untiring support of The Reverend Gary Powell, pastor 1992-1999. -- Lanny Hochhalter (member of the American Institute of Organbuilders)

During the past fifteen years much work was done to the old console to keep it in working condition; the outdated systems and electrical shortages made replacement of the console an immediate necessity.  In 2007 Dr. Julia Brown's vision for a new console began to take shape.  In conversation with The Reverend Debbie Pitney (pastor 1999-present) the console became a part of Mission 2050, a capital campaign to update many aging components of FUMC’s building.  A contract for a new console was signed with Hochhalter, Inc. in early 2010.  Built out of solid walnut to aesthetically compliment the wood of our sanctuary, the new console includes many technical updates and allows for future enhancements and tonal additions, including the two 32’ ranks planned in the 1995 rebuilding (these are in red in the specifications above).  Future phases of the proposal include an antiphonal division (the Echo Organ) placed on the back wall of the sanctuary and façade pipes to replace the screen in front. -- Julia Brown

Mars Aeliptica Two compact discs of the Hochhalter organ are available. For a play list, audio samples and purchase information visit:


Organ Works for Two

The Petty Portative Organ

The Petty Portative OrganThe Petty portative is one of four virtually identical mechanical-action instruments made from the same plans.  This instrument, designated 2b is the first of the four to leave the Petty shop. 

The organ is in three main pieces: (1) the case, containing the windchest, pipes and keyboard, (2) the blower box, upon which the case sits, and (3) the bench, all quartersawn white oak.

This portative organ has a total of 180 pipes and four stops: 8' Gedackt (oak), 4' Flute (oak), 2⅔' Nasard (cherry), and 2' Principal (purpleheart).  The 2 2/3' Nasard was built in honor of the donor, Adith Moursund.  The beautiful carvings were designed and executed by David Campbell, a former colleague of the builder from the Brombaugh shop.

The natural keys are made from yellowheart; the sharps are cocobola.  The keycheeks are zebrawood and the thumper rail is made of ebony.  The internal components are made from white oak, western red cedar, poplar, maple and sugar pine

The organ’s size, not including the bench, measures 39" wide, 22" deep, and 33" tall.  The instrument weighs about 250 pounds and is easily movable by means of handles in the case.  It has a transposing keyboard [A=440 and A=415]. For more information, visit  www.davidpettyorgans.com