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Opus 132

Kobe International University

Kobe, Japan

Ranks: 31
Independent Voices: 26
Pipes: 1758
Created: 2006

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Kobe International University is a school of economics founded by the Yashiro Gakuin Educational Foundation, an arm of the Episcopal Church of Japan. In 2002 a new campus was built on the waterfront of Rokko Island, a large man-made tract in Osaka Bay. At the heart of the campus, designed by Toshiya Masuda of the Takenaka Corporation, stands All Saints’ Chapel, the spiritual center of the school.

Our shop, well known in Japan for our large concert hall organ at Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama, was brought into the project when the chapel was still in its design stages. Our initial discussions revolved mostly around acoustics, which from the start were meant to support congregational singing and the sound of the organ.

Charles Nazarian’s design for Opus 132 reflects the architecture of this striking modern chapel. The mahogany case imitates the multiplicity of angles found throughout the chapel while visually anchoring the organ to the only surfaces at right angles – the floor and the rear wall. Accents of brushed aluminum in the case catch the light of the silvery windows that look out on the bay. The arrangement of the mouths of the hammered, polished front pipes evokes the image of a seagull, also found in our instrument at Yokohama. This element of the nautical world symbolizes the importance of the sea in our homeport, Gloucester, and in the homes of two of our organs in Japan, Yokohama and Kobe.

Opus 132

Bourdon 16′
Prestant 8′
Spire Flute 8′
Harmonic Flute 8′
Octave 4′
Chimney Flute 4′
Mixture IV
Dulcian 16′
Trommeten 8′

Swell, enclosed
Violin Diapason 8′
Voix céleste 8′ from C0
Bourdon 8′
Principal 4′
Traverse Flute 4′
Nasard 2 2/3′
Doublette 2′
Flute 2’
Tierce 1 3/5′
Mixture III
Trompette 8′
Hautbois 8′

Prestant 16′
Bourdon 16′     Great
Octave 8′
Spire Flute 8′     Great
Superoctave 4′
Posaune 16′
Dulcian 16′     Great
Trommeten 8′     Great


Swell to Great
Great to Pedal
Swell to Pedal
Swell Super to Pedal



Balanced Swell Pedal

Key action: Direct mechanical (tracker)
Stop action: Electric with a modern multi-level combination action
Keydesk: Built into the case, two manuals and pedals; manuals 61 keys CC9c4, naturals of grenadil,
sharps of rosewood capped with cowbone; pedalboard 32 keys CC9g1.