Parsons College (now Maharishi University)

Parsons Barhydt Chapel (no longer extant)
Fairfield, IA 52556

(Parsons College was purchased in 1973 by a Transcendental Meditation group and is now called Maharishi international University. The M.P. Möller organ was moved from the old Parsons Barhydt Chapel into the newly-built public Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and is still extant.)
Builder: M.P. Möller Organ Co., Op. 10167, 1966.
Manuals: 3
Ranks: 28
Stops: 35
Action: Electro-pneumatic

Notes: Organ Historical Society as of 20.

8 Principal 61
8 Rohrbourdon 61
4 Octave 61
4 Rohrflöte 12
2 Doublette 61
Fourniture IV 244
16 Fagott 61 (half-length)
8 Fagott 12

16 Gedeckt 61
8 Gedeckt 12
8 Salicional 61
4 Weitprinzipal 61
2 Piccolo 61
Plein Jeu III 183
8 Trompette 61
4 Trichterregal 61
Sw/Sw (16, 4, Unison Off)

8 Nasongedeckt 61
8 Gemshorn Celeste II 110
4 Koppelföte 61
2 Prinzipal 61
1.1/3 Larigot 61
8 Krummhorn 61
Ch/Ch (16, 4, Unison Off)

32 Resultant (derived)
16 Contra Bass 32
16 Bourdon (Gt) 12
16 Gedeckt (Sw)
8 Principal 12
8 Rohrbourdon (Gt)
8 Gedeckt (Sw)
4 Octave 12
4 Rohrflöte (Gt)
Mixture II 64
16 Fagott (Gt)
8 Fagott (Gt)
4 Fagott (Gt)

The 21 rank, 1800 pipe, 3 manual Möller organ was installed in Barhydt Chapel in 1966. The dedication naming the Barhydt organ for donors John and Coralee Dey was held April 25, 2010 in the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. In the process of moving the organ to the Sondheim Center, John Connet has reconditioned and modernized the organ along with installing a computer system in the console.
The mission of the John and Coralee Dey Barhydt Organ Committee is:
To ensure the ongoing maintenance, development and public awareness of the Barhydt organ and organ music in general.
•  Obtain financial support for maintenance, programming and organ education.
• Invite professional organists to perform recitals.
• Engage wider audiences with various organ styles.
• Inspire use of the organ for local choir and other concerts, as well as innovative collaborations.
• Arrange demonstrations of the organ for local school children.
• Support development of future generations of local organists.
• Encourage excellence in the performance of organ music.
The estimated replacement value of the organ is now over one million dollars. Only a rare musical instrument as valuable as a Stradivarius violin is worth as much or more than our pipe organ. Pipe organs are usually the most valuable musical instrument in any town. It is important that we use the Barhydt organ and keep it in good working order. The Barhydt Organ Committee includes organists, those interested in organ music and community members who have a concern for developing an audience interested in organ music. Committee members: John Connet, Doug Daller, Jim Davis, John and Coralee Dey,Werner Elmker, Robert Glocke, Ed Kelenyi, Rustin Lippincott, Gary Roth, Dee Sandquist and Robert Tree.