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First Baptist Church
Murfreesboro, TN

Skinner Opus 511 3/24 (1925) Allen Console and Digital Additions (2003)

 

GREAT

8 Diapason
8 Clarabella
4 Octave

ECHO

8 Echo Night Horn
8 Echo Vox Humana

SWELL

16 Bourdon
8 Diapason
8 Gedeckt
8 Voix Celeste II
8 Dulciana
4 Octave
4 Flute Triangulaire
2 Flautino
III Mixture
8 Cornopean
8 Corno d'Amour

CHOIR

8 Diapason
8 Concert Flute
4 Harmonic Flute
8 Clarinet
Harp
Celesta

PEDAL

16 Subbass
16 Bourdon
8 Octave
8 Still Octave

DIGITAL DIVISIONS

GREAT

16 Violone
16 Bourdon doux (SW)
8 Diapason
8 Harmonic Flute
8 Gamba
4 Octave
4 Flute
2 2/3 Twelfth
2 Fifteenth
IV Mixture
III Cymbale
16 Double Trumpet
8 Tromba
Chimes


GREAT SECOND VOICES

16 Quintaton
8 Prinzipal
8 Metalgedackt
4 Oktav
II Sesquialtera
Carillon

SWELL

16 Bourdon doux
8 Bourdon
8 Flute Celeste II
8 Salicional
8 Voix Celeste
4 Octave Geigen
4 Flute Celeste II
4 Flžte
2-2/3 Nasard
2 Piccolo
1-3/5 Tierce
IV Fourniture
16 Waldhorn
8 French Trumpet
8 Hautbois
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion
Tremolo

ENGLISH SWELL

8 Open Diapason
8 Viole dÕOrch.
8 Viole Celeste
4 Octave
V Mixture
16 Double Trumpet
8 Trumpet
8 Orchestral Oboe
8 Vox Humana
4 Clarion

CHOIR

16 Erzahler
8 Concert Flute
8 Erzahler
8 Erzahler Celeste
4 Principal
4 Flute
4 Erzahler Celeste II
2 Octave
1 1/3 Larigot
IV Mixture
16 Contra Tuba
8 Tuba
8 Cor Anglais
8 French Horn
8 Corno di Bassetto
Tremolo

PEDAL

32 Contre Bourdon
16 Diapason
16 Bourdon
16 Bourdon doux (Sw)
16 Violone (GT)
8 Octave
8 Gedackt
4 Super Octave
4 Flute
Mixture IV
32 Contre Bombarde
16 Bombarde
16 Double Trumpet (GT)
8 Trompette
4 Clarion

 

 

On June 9, 1843 sixteen Baptists met at the James Fletcher Schoolhouse to organize a church. Joseph Haywood Eaton, who came to Murfreesboro as a midwife and nurse to Union University, was elected to serve as pastor. Eaton would later be named as president of Union University.

The young church constructed its first house of worship in 1848 at the corner of South Spring and Sevier Streets. The building served its members well until it was confiscated by the Union Army and converted into a Federal hospital following the Battle of Stones River. The church erected its second building, which was located on East Main Street on the site now occupied by St. Paul's Episcopal Church. The Tennessee Baptist Convention was organized in this building on April 10, 1874. The church met at this location until 1919, when a fire destroyed the second of two buildings on the site.

The present day sanctuary, located at 200 East Main Street, was constructed in 1920. At the suggestion of Austin Crouch, pastor, the new building features neo-classical architecture. During the modern era, the church grew rapidly. Under the leadership of Dr. Eugene Cotey, the church developed a full range of programs for all ages. More recently, the sanctuary has been remodeled. Dr. Michael A. Smith, our current pastor, began his ministry amoung us on April 1, 2002.

The organ of First Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, was installed in 1925. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew L. Todd donated the organ as a memorial to their son Aaron. In 2003, Barger & Nix Organs of Chattanooga, Tennessee cleaned and rewired the pipe organ. Claude P. Street Piano Company of Madison, Tennessee provided a new Allen console with digital additions. The result is an instrument with tonal additions which blend and are in keeping with the style of the original Skinner.