A Builder for the Ages
All Saints’ is grateful to be working with Rosales Pipe Organ Services, Inc. of Los Angeles, California. Manuel Rosales and his team bring an impressive background to this extraordinary project. Manuel has restored organs throughout the United States and is a leader in the preservation of historic organs; he is considered by his colleagues to be one of the best in the industry. Rosales Pipe Organ’s signature project is the world-renowned organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles (pictured at bottom). The unusual and innovative façade of the Disney Hall organ was designed jointly by architect Frank O. Gehry and Manuel Rosales.
Manuel Rosales is a member of the International Society of Organbuilders (ISO) and the American Institute of Organbuilders (AIO). He is also a founding member of the Pacific Southwest Chapter of the Organ Historical Society (OHS), and a past national councilor for the Organ Historical Society. Manuel has taken a deep interest in the All Saints’ organ project because of its uniqueness, and because of the historical and cultural implications of rebuilding Kaua‘i’s only pipe organ.
“Organs are living things—they breathe, they use air to make sound, just like a human. A pipe organ’s music is alive.”
A Discussion with Manuel Rosales
Why did you choose
to partner with
The whole project is attractive.
I am excited by the challenge of experimenting with Hawaiian sounds, like the conch shell and the ukulele, as well as the challenge of designing the organ to be more resistant to humidity and the elements, by using treated wood, and brass and stainless steel screws, for example.
Why are organs considered controversial investments by some?
When Judas complained about using the best oil for Jesus, Jesus responded by teaching us to bring our best to our church, and our God. Organs are living things—they breathe.
If it doesn’t breathe, the music is not alive. Electric organs are much less of an investment, but they don’t last as long, and their digitally produced notes do not bring the true beauty of sound.
Why do you love the sound only a pipe organ can produce?
It’s a very human experience the way an organ breathes and thinks. The notes produced by the organ have a sustaining quality that embraces the listener, and makes singing easier. It gives both listener and singer a sense of community with the sound.
Singing gets better when people have a good organ.
The King of Instruments
For centuries, the pipe organ has been referred to as The King of Instruments, and rightly so, because it lifts up all the sounds of creation and gives resonance to the fullness of human emotion, from joy to sadness, and from praise to lamentation. By transcending the human sphere, music evokes the Divine. In some way, the manifold possibilities of the pipe organ remind us of the immensity and the magnificence of God, leading us into greater holiness.
Thus, the music of the pipe organ wonderfully expresses the new song that Holy Scriptures tell us to sing to the Lord. To sing this new song is to live in harmony with God’s will and to follow Christ’s commandment to love God and one another.
All Saints’ Corophone pipe organ was built with four sets of pipes (ranks) by Austin Organs of Hartford, Connecticut in 1925. By the grace of God, and with the generous support of the congregation, friends of All Saints’, the people of Kaua‘i, and the community of faithful throughout the world, the newly reconstructed and transformed organ is scheduled for installation by Easter 2018.
Senior Project Leader and Organ Consultant
Morris Wise, a former colleague of Manuel’s and a member of the All Saints’ ‘Ohana, is volunteering his time to serve as the Senior Project Manager and Organ Consultant for All Saints’. His leadership and expertise has and will be invaluable for the congregation moving forward with this project.
“Over the last 90 plus years, the Austin organ has helped countless souls on their spiritual journey. Recognizing the legacy of this precious gift, All Saints’ has made the bold decision not only to re-build and renew the organ, but also to enhance the instrument and make it better and larger, including cultural aspects never before considered for a pipe organ such as dual ‘Olelo Hawai‘i and English language nomenclature.”