Aaron Doyle, Morgan Byrd, and Toby Washburn arrived recently on Kaua`i and began installing our Rosales Opus 41 Pipe Organ on December 1. A glance in the sanctuary will tell you this is no small task. We are pleased to present these short biographies of the crew members to learn how they gained their organ building expertise.
Aaron's introduction to the world of organs and organ building began with a love for music and a dedication to craft. He studied classical saxophone graduating with a degree in music performance from the University of Texas, El Paso in 2006 after which he moved to Los Angeles where he helped launch a digital organ manufacturing company. Aaron spent the next 7 years getting an advanced degree in "all things manufacturing" with a Minor in organ. In early 2019 Manuel Rosales reached out to Aaron with an offer to join his team and in May of 2020 Aaron and Kevin Cartwright partnered to purchase Rosales Pipe Organ Services Inc. from Mr. Rosales.
Morgan Byrd studied organ at the University of Michigan, graduating summa cum laude in 2015. Even before graduation the organ building fever had taken hold; he departed his native southeast Michigan for Tennessee to build organs, and among other things studied as a voicer under Brad Jones. In very early 2020 Morgan moved to Los Angeles, where he is currently the foreman at Rosales Pipe Organ Services.
Tobias Washburn became entranced with the organ after an early experience with the Paramount Iceland organ in Paramount CA (home of the Zamboni). He first started his career in the pipe organ industry back in high school where he volunteered his time at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse releathering note actions. He became a docent at the Nethercutt collection in Sylmar, CA in 2015 to gain a more in-depth experience with the workings of these musical machines. In 2017 Tobias was invited to work with Rosales Pipe Organ Services.