Rosales Organ

Upcoming Organ Events:

  • Organ Recital: Oboist Alicia Chapman (North Carolina) & Bruce Neswick
    May 02, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Livestream
    Guest musicians from around the globe play the stunning Trinity Rosales organ on the first Sundays of the month at 4:30 pm, immediately prior to Evensong at 5:00 pm.
  • Messiaen: L'Ascension
    May 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Livestream
    Join us Ascension Thursday for L'Ascension, the next installment in our series of sacred concerts featuring the music of Olivier Messiaen, marking the church year and exploring five of the major organ works by this great French organist-composer.
  • Messiaen: Messe de la Pentecôte
    May 23, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Livestream
    Join us Pentecost Sunday for Messiaen's Messe de la Pentecôte, the latest in Trinity Music's series of sacred concerts, which feature Olivier Messiaen's major organ works marking the Church Year.
  • Messiaen: Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité
    May 30, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Livestream
    Join us Trinity Sunday for Méditations sur le Mystère de la Sainte Trinité (Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity), the final installment of Trinity Music's series of sacred concerts, which feature Olivier Messiaen's major organ works marking the Church Year.
  • Organ Recital: Kai Krakenberg (Husum, Germany)
    Jun 06, 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
    Livestream
    Organists from around the globe play the stunning Trinity Rosales organ on the first Sundays of the month at 4:30 pm, immediately prior to Evensong.
  • Catharine Crozier Organ Recital: Stephen Buzard
    Apr 16, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM PDT
    Livestream & in-person (limited)
    Renowned concert organist Stephen Buzard plays Trinity's annual Catharine Crozier Memorial Organ Concert.

Trinity Cathedral is home to the Rosales Organ, Opus 11, one of the finest pipe organs in America. This 54-stop tracker organ was dedicated in 1987 and has gained a national reputation through recitals and recordings by a number of the world's most prominent organists including David Craighead, David Hill, Catharine Crozier, Kimberly Marshall, George Baker, Simon Preston, Olivier Latry, James O‘Donnell and John Scott. The Rosales Organ is in the main sanctuary.

History

During the late 1970s, a fortuitous decision was made to undertake the redesign of the interior of the sanctuary and nave of then Trinity Church. During the early architectural consultations it became apparent that with such a comprehensive renovation, particularly in the chancel and sanctuary areas, the existing organ located in a closed chamber along the south wall of the chancel would either need to be moved or replaced. Here then was an opportunity to emphasize the increasingly prominent role of the organ in the musical heritage of Trinity, with a fine new instrument as the centerpiece.

A generous gift from philanthropist Beatrice Gerlinger made it possible for the dream to come true. Canon Dr. John Strege, Director of Cathedral Music at Trinity Cathedral, assisted by the late Douglas Butler as consultant, envisioned a large instrument along classical lines. Manuel Rosales, a young, innovative Los Angeles organ builder who was developing a national reputation as one of the foremost organ builders in the United States, was approached. Rosales had for some time wanted to attempt such a concept and the meeting of the minds that followed led to a contract with the firm of Rosales Organ Builders, Inc.

Tonal characteristics were defined by John Strege, Douglas Butler and Manuel Rosales to fit the needs of standard liturgical music as well as the demanding musical literature of a recital organist. The tonal concept of the organ, thus, is eclectic, with the intention of making possible the idiomatic performance of a great variety of music while providing in particular for the demands of the Classic and 19th century French repertoires.

Construction of the organ was begun in 1981, and six years later, in September, 1987, it was dedicated by John Strege, with Douglas Butler and David Craighead also performing in the inaugural series.

Other Instruments

Trinity's chapel is home to the small unit organ built by G. Donald Harrison (Aeolian-Skinner) for Catharine Crozier and Harold Gleason. Ms. Crozier, who was Artist-in-Residence at Trinity, left the organ to the Cathedral as part of a generous bequest.


Trinity also has a four-stop continuo organ by Manuel Rosales (Opus 19)

and a harpsichord (Italian; Owen Daley, builder, Salem, OR).

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