Our Organ

Rosales Opus 33 / Parsons Opus 22

Manuel Rosales

The designer of the organ, Manuel Rosales, a native of Los Angeles, is a member of the International Society of Organ Builders and The American Institute of Organ builders. He is a founding member of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society.  Among Mr.Rosales’ many acclaimed works, the best known is the now famous Glatter-Götz/Rosales concert organ in the new Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.  In addition he has built or restored organs at 20 churches in the past 25 years, including ones at Emory University and Rice University.

Parsons Pipe Organ Builders

Located in Canandaigua, New York, Parsons Pipe Organ Builders use three-dimensional computer modeling to explore design propositions prior to creating working drawings for the construction of their pipe organs. Ten craftsmen currently participate in this merging of science and art known as organ building.


The organ is a freestanding, two manual and pedal, mechanical action (tracker) instrument.  Charles Clancy, of Walnut Grove, CA, completed the design of the casework and façade following the initial concept of an organ by Didier Grassin.  Pipe scaling and wind chest pipe placements were a collaboration with Manuel Rosales and Kevin Gilchrist, a Rosales associate.  Shop drawings using three-dimensional computer graphics were completed in Parson’s design department.  It required approximately 13,000 hours to design, build, and install.

The 30 rank organ has 1755 pipes, stands 25 feet tall and weighs approximately 21,000 lbs.  The interior metal pipes were made by the Fitzau Company in Portugal and are of various compositions of hammered lead, scraped tin, spotted metal and copper.  The façade pipes are 70% polished tin, fabricated by the Laukhuff Company in Germany.  The wood pipes, crafted in Parson’s workshop, are made from poplar and Douglas fir. 

The organ’s mechanical key action is referred to as suspended action; that is, the keys are suspended from the chest pallets with trackers that connect the key to the windchests.  There are 29 speaking stops.  A combination-preset system is possible through the use of electrically operated drawknobs and slider motors.  This allows the organist to accommodate quick registration changes that are so much a part of service playing.  There are 200 levels of memory available.  The wind system in this organ uses a 3/4 hp blower and a single wedge bellows to monitor the pressure and volume of air to the pipes.  The casework is entirely quartersawn white oak with an oiled finish.  The accent woods used throughout the organ are wenge and black walnut including the bookmatched, burled veneers used in the stop jambs and music desk.  The interior construction of the organ is made entirely of poplar.  


  • Great 11 stops
    • 16’ Prestant (façade)
    • 8’ Principal (façade)
    • 8’ Flute harmonique
    • 8’ Bourdon
    • 7’Gamba
    • 4’ Octave
    • 4’ Spire Flute
    • 2-2/3’ Octave Quint
    • 2’ Super Octave
    • IV Mixture
    • 8’ Trumpet
  • Swell 11 stops
    • 8’ Geigen Principal
    • 8’ Voix Celeste (from tenor C)
    • 8’ Gedeckt
    • 4’ Principal
    • 4’ Rohrpipe
    • 2-2/3’ Nasard
    • 2’ Doublet
    • 1-3/5’ Tierce
    • III Mixture
    • 8’ Hautbois
    • 8’ Cromorne
  • Pedal 7 stops
    • 16’ Principal (Gr.; low 6 open wood)
    • 16’ Bourdon (32 pipes)
    • 8’ Octave (32 pipes)
    • 8’ Bourdon (ext.)
    • 4’ Super Octave (ext.)
    • 16’ Trombone (32 pipes_
    • 8’ Trumpet (ext.)
  • Couplers & Accessories
    • Great to Pedal
    • Swell to Pedal
    • Swell to Great
    • General tremolo and wind
    • Stabilizer cut-out
    • Zimbelstern (8 bells)
    • 25 actual stops
    • 29 speaking stops
    • Attached keydesk
    • Compass 61/32
    • Mechanical key action
    • Electric stop action