Wooddale Church

6630 Shady Oak Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Builder: Visser-Rowland (Opus 90, 1991)
Manuals: V
Stops: 74
Ranks: 114
Pipes: 6294
Key Action Main Console: Mechanical
Key Action Secondary Console: Electrical
Stop Action: Electrical

--Information and photo from the church website.
Last Update: 12/2008

See church history and description of the organ below the stoplist.
HAUPTWERK 61 notes
16 Prinzipal
8 Prinzipal
8 Rohrflöte
8 Harfenpfeife
4 Oktav
4 Koppelflöte
2 Waldflöte
8 Cornet V
2 Mixture V
1 Scharff V
16 Trompete
8 Trompete
4 Klarine

8 Holzgedeckt
8 Gemshorn
8 Gemshorn Celeste
8 Dulciana
8 Unda Maris
4 Prinzipal
4 Rohrflöte
2 Oktav
1-1/3 Larigot
1 Sifflöte
8/9 None
2-2/3 Sesquialtera II
1 Kleinmixtur V
1/2 Zimbel III
16 Dulzian
8 Krummhorn
SCHELLWERK (Expressive) 61 notes
16 Gedeckt
8 Prinzipal
8 Gedeckt
8 Salizional
8 Celeste II
4 Oktav
4 Nachthorn
2-2/3 Nasat
2 Oktav
1-3/5 Terz
1-1/3 Carillon III
1-1/3 Scharff V
2/3 Kleinmixture III
16 Fagott
8 Trompete
8 Oboe
8 Vox Humana
4 Klarine
8 Prinzipal
8 Metalgedeckt
4 Oktav
4 Flöte
2 Oktav
1-1/3 Quinte
1-1/3 Sesquialtera II
1 Mixtur V
8 Rohrschalmey

16 Trompete
8 Trompete
1 Terzmixture V-VI
32 Prinzipal
32 Untersatz
16 Prinzipal
16 Prinzipal (HW)
16 Subbass
8 Oktav
8 Gedeckt
4 Choralbass
4 Flöte
2-2/3 Mixtur V
32 Posaune
16 Posaune
16 Fagott
8 Trompete
4 Schalmey
2 Kornet

 The Church History

In 1943, an organizational meeting led to a Sunday School and morning and evening church services on April 12, 1943. The congregation adopted the name "The Wayside Chapel". During the early months of 1949 plans were laid for the reorganization as a Baptist church and a move to the Richfield American Legion Hall for meetings. On June 12, 1949, a service was held at Bethlehem Baptist Church of Minneapolis to officially organize the Richfield church as Wooddale Baptist Church of Richfield. Later in the same month the church broke ground for a permanent church building in the form of a basement structure which was occupied November 13, 1949.

A $100,000 education unit and gymnasium/auditorium was completed for dedication on September 13, 1959. Once again, in 1962, the church began having duplicate Sunday morning services and began planning for further expansion of the facilities. On September 27, 1964, the first service was held in a new church auditorium.

In 1981, the church purchased 32 acres of undeveloped land in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Plans were drawn and finances were arranged in anticipation of the nine-mile (14 km) move. Partially in response to the results of a marketing study, the church was renamed "Wooddale Church".

Construction began in fall of 1983 and the first phase of the new campus (a multi-purpose worship room, administrative offices and classrooms) was occupied in July of 1984. Plans and construction were begun shortly thereafter on the second phase (gymnasium and athletic complex, more classrooms, and more offices and workroom area). The second phase was occupied in November of 1985.

Ground was broken for the 63,000 square-foot (5,853 square-meter) Worship Center on October 30, 1988. The building was designed by architect Bentz Thompson Rietow. Construction continued throughout the winter of 1989 and occupancy of the 2000-seat worship center, complete with pipe organ and a 200-foot (61-meter) steeple, was in November of 1990.

During the summer of 1991, the lower level of the Worship Center, consisting primarily of classrooms and music offices and rehearsal room was completed. In the spring of 1995, construction again began on the Wooddale Church campus to add further classroom space and expand the offices. Work was completed in the fall of 1995.

On May 17, 1999, groundbreaking took place to provide a 34,600 square-foot (3,214 square-meter) addition that will be dedicated on March 11 and 12, 2000. This new construction included a large, modern nursery, an expanded bookstore, a new prayer room, a new Chapel, more classroom space for adult and children's classes, and an expanded kitchen and Wooddale Cafe.

The pipe organ at Wooddale Church, one of the largest tracker organs in North America, while having its roots firmly based in European organ design, also combines other elements to create an instrument which is distinctly American. The wide variety and large number of stops on the organ serve to make this instrument ideal for service playing and concert use.
Visually, the instrument is designed using classical 18th century Dutch principles of balance and symmetry. Subtle symbolism is also present. Flamed copper pipes from the 32' Prinzipal stop are arranged in three large towers to represent the Trinity. The center tower and the copper horizontal trumpets serve to form a huge cross which is outlined by the surrounding tin pipes of the Kronpositiv 8'. The horizontal trumpets also symbolize victory over the cross.

The stops of the organ, which are labeled in German to point out yet another of the many backgrounds drawn upon to create this instrument, can be divided into four families of pipes:

The Principal stops form the tonal background of the organ. These pipes,which range in size from the huge copper facades to pipes inside the organ much smaller than a pencil, cover the entire spectrum of human hearing. Some pitches are felt more than they are heard. Together these seets of pipes give the organ its rich and broad tone character.

Flute stops are also abundantly present in this instrument. They vary from soft wooden flute such as the Holzgedeckt 8'; to rich end singing flutes such as the Flöte 4.

The organ is particularly rich in string stops. The Dulciana and Unda Mans are designed to whisper during quiet parts of the service while the stronger strings such as the Salizional Celeste are warm and rich enough to accompany the choir.

The fourth family is pipes is the reed family. These stops, which are often named for their orchestral counterparts, are the most complex and colorful of all the stops on the organ. A vibrating brass tongue in each pipe generates the sound in conjunction with the resonating body of the pipe. The most prominent of the reed stops are the two sets of horizontal trumpets in the facade of the organ.

The key action on the main console of this instrument is "tracker", meaning there is a direct mechanical linkage between the keys and the windchest on which the pipes stand. There is also a second movable console which can play the pipes electrically. The stop action uses state-of-the-art electronics to turn the various ranks of pipes on and off.
The organ's sound becomes part of the atmosphere of the building and covers such a pitch range that the whole human body, not just the ears, experiences them. For these and other reasons, the pipe organ became the primary musical instrument for Christian worship centuries ago. These reasons are still valid today. The dedication took place on January 6, 1991.