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Office: 323.262.9253
Fax: 323.262.8018

Recent Projects

St. Mark's Episcopal

Church of the Epiphany

St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

St. Charles Borromeo

Church of the Angels

New Articles

"Empathy as Perception"
Daniel G. Geldenhuys
© 2008

Brochure on the
Opus 11

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Instrument Slideshow

Opus 11 - Trinity Cathedral, Portland, OR
Opus 12 - Valley Presbyterian Church, Scottsdale, AZ
Opus 14 - Mission San José, Fremont, CA
Opus 15 - University United Methodist Church, San Antonio, TX
Opus 16 - The First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, Oakland, CA
Opus 18 - Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Opus 21 - Rice University, Houston, TX
Opus 23 - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, Encino, CA
Opus 24 - Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA
Opus 29 - St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, Atlanta, GA
Opus 30 - St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA
Opus 32 - First Lutheran Church of Venice, CA
Opus 33 - St. Stephen's, Monona, WI
Opus 37 - St. Edmund's, San Marino, CA
Claremont - Claremont United Church of Christ, Claremont, CA
Palos Verdes - The Neighborhood Church, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Featured Video

Featured CD

Opus 21 in Rice University

Features in a new recording by Phillip Kloeckner.

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Read this article and watch the video featured in the LA Times

John Rabe, KPCC Off-ramp radio host visits the
Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ

10th Anniversary edition of "A Forest of Pipes" celebrating the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ

Walt Disney Concert Hall

The organ at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles is Rosales Opus 24 and is a joint project with Glatter-Götz Orgelbau of Owingen, Germany. The unique facade, a design collaboration between Manuel Rosales and Disney Hall architect Frank O. Gehry, has become an icon of modern concert hall organ design.

The 2015-2016 season, will feature the following artists:
Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015
Clark Wilson, organ
Halloween Silent Film with Organ: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015
Raul Prieto Ramirez, organ
Friday Dec. 18
David Higgs, organ
Holiday Organ Spectacular
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Paul Jacobs, organ
with Christine Brewer, soprano Saturday and Sunday
Feb. 13 - 14, 2016
Vincent Dubois
Poulenc Organ Concerto
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Thomas Trotter, organ
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Aaron David Miller, organ
Damin Spritzer, organ
Mozart and Part: Organ Works

Click for more on this organ, including the stoplist, photos, and a full concert schedule. There is also a fascinating graphic illustration, "Inside the Disney Hall Organ."  



Hear the 2004 Inaugural Recital
on this organ by Frederick Swann in the Pipedreams archives as Program #0820.

Review of the CD released last year in the Classical Music Sentinel. Thanks again to Frederick Hohman for his stellar work on this project, and of course to Manuel Rosales for building such a stunning work of art!

"Instructions on how to play this CD: 1) Close all your windows and doors. 2) Check your house for structural issues. 3) Alert local seismologists about your plans. 4) Crank up the volume and gasp in amazement at organist Daryl Robinson's flawless technique and solid musicianship, and bask in this magnificent instrument's power. 5) Go around your house and check all the windows for cracks. 6) Look outside to see if your neighbours have moved away.

The disc opens with the impressive Scherzo symphonique by Pierre Cochereau, one of those rare pieces that imposes severe demands on the performer's technique and stamina, whilst maintaining an extremely musical momentum and dénouement. It also brings out a pipe organ's character by alternating between full stops to only one or two. It's easy to understand why Daryl Robinson won first prize in the 2012 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance when you hear his thrilling reading of this work of gargantuan proportions. And at the other end of the sonic spectrum lies Sigfrid Karg-Elert's Harmonies du soir which highlights this versatile instrument's gentler side. I've heard thousands of recordings in my life, and very rarely have I heard anything as beautiful as the quality of sound this pipe organ produces on the soft, goosebump inducing, final chord of this work. The Tanz-Toccata again allows you to marvel at Robinson's agilities, while the piece by Jean-François Dandrieu brings out his attention to style and period performance. And if you thought that you had heard this organ's full force in the Cochereau, wait 'til you hear the "monster" exposed during the Prelude and Fugue on BACH by Franz Liszt. The final chords alone will make you glad to be alive.

The recording engineers at Pro Organo have very well captured this organ's power as well as the space it occupies. With impressive stops including a 32' Contre Bombarde, this instrument moves great volumes of air. Enjoy! Hope you're on good terms with your neighbours."

Jean-Yves Duperron - February 2014

St. Paul's, Richmond VA, Calls New Minister of Music

David Sinden has been called as the new minister of music for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. The organ at St. Paul's is Rosales Opus 22. Click for an article on the church's website.

Opus 11: Trinity Cathedral, Portland OR - 20th Anniversary

The year 2007 marked the 20th anniversary of Rosales Opus 11 at Trinity Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. The event was observed by a recital featuring John Scott on October 29. Jonathan Ambrosino writes of this instrument:

It has been now eighteen years since I first saw that organ. I still have my handwritten notes and impressions from that visit (three years before my first laptop!). It was David Junchen who urged me to see it most of all, and Grahame Davis ... and seemingly countless others. Sometimes it's difficult to think back to those far more unyielding times, when its fusing of the supposedly unfusable reflected the culture as much as the instrument itself. It was a clear watershed, amplified by so many people understanding that very fact right from the start.

See more about this landmark organ, including John Scott's recital program. Also see an article about the retirement of John Strege after 37 years as organist and choirmaster at Trinity.



Opus 32: First Lutheran Church of Venice CA

A new page has been added to this website for the organ at First Lutheran Church of Venice, California. The instrument was a collaboration with Parsons Organ Builders. Click for more information.



David Britton Memorial Website

A website in memory of Dr. David Britton (1942-1992), concert organist and recording artist, has been established by Manuel Rosales. Anyone with material to contribute for the site may contact Manuel by email. Visit the site at



Opus 37: St. Edmund's, San Marino CA

We are honored to have been chosen to rebuild the historic Aeolian-Skinner organ at St. Edmund's Episcopal Church in San Marino, California, in the San Gabriel Valley near Los Angeles. The 31-rank instrument was designed by Joseph Whiteford, who was then President and Tonal Director of the Aeolian-Skinner Organ Company of Boston. It is the firm's Opus 1323 from 1957 and was dedicated with a recital by Irene Robertson on April 13, 1958.

Click for more on this organ, including the stoplist and photos.






Opus 33: St. Stephen's, Monona WI

The new Rosales Opus 33 at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Monona, Wisconsin, was played for the first time in services on Christmas Eve 2005. The dedication recital was played on David Schrader on June 2, 2006. This 29-stop organ with mechanical action is a collaboration with Parsons Organ Builders of Canandaigua, New York. Click for more on this organ, including the stoplist and photos.



Photo © 2006 Bruce Fritz   




Recent Publications

Murray M. Harris and Organ Building in Los Angeles, 1894-1913 was recently published by OHS Press. Based on research by the late David Lennox Smith, the book has been edited by Orpha Ochse with the collaboration of Manuel Rosales, Kevin Gilchrist, Jim Lewis, and Jack Bethards.  More

Also from OHS Press comes Litterai Organi: Essays in Honor of Barbara Owen, published in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Organ Historical Society. This volume includes an essay by Orpha Ochse entitled "Manuel Rosales and the Los Angeles Organ Renaissance."

Both of the above publications are available from the Organ Historical Society.






Rosales Pipe Organ Services, Inc.   3020 East Olympic Boulevard  ▪  Los Angeles  CA  90023-3402
Manuel Rosales: 213.925.8633    Office: 323.262.9253    Fax: 323.262.8018