Morel & Associates, Inc.

 
 
 

History of Morel & Associates, Inc.

Founded by Fred H. Meunier in 1921.  Meunier began his career with the Knight-Campbell Music Co. in 1908 as a 16-year-old elevator operator.  He quickly moved up to technician status working on pianos, player pianos, automatic musical instruments, and pipe organs.  In 1919 he moved on to the Charles E. Wells Music Co. and then, in 1921, formed his own company specializing in pipe organs only.  In those days, pipe organs were found not only in the traditional church setting, but also in theaters, where they were used to accompany silent films, and in private homes.  During the period from 1921 to 1960, Mr. Meunier installed 90% of all of the pipe organs in the rocky mountain region, representing such companies as Wurlitzer of North Tonawanda, New York, Robert Morton of Van Nuys, California (Theater organs) W.W. Kimball of Chicago, The Reuter Organ Co. of Lawrence, Kansas (Church organs) and the Aeolian Co. of New York (Residence organs).  Some of the more notable instruments installed and maintained by Mr. Meunier were: Denver Municipal Auditorium, St. John's Episcopal Cathedral, Denver, First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, and Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver.


Fred Meunier retired in 1960 and sold the business to two key employees, Hugh R. Turpin and Ivan P. Morel.  Mr. Turpin received his early training in England with the firm of Hill, Norman and Beard, Ltd.  Mr. Turpin was trained as an organ voicer and after leaving England, worked for the Standaart and Austin Companies in the U.S. before coming to work for Meunier in 1953.  Mr. Morel was a second-generation organ builder from Boston specializing in installation and service work.  The Morel family had been associated with Casavant Frères Organ builders in Canada since the 1890's.  The name of the firm was changed to Fred H. Meunier & Associates.  The firm continued its association with the Reuter Organ Co. and was responsible for the sales and installation of new organs in such locations as Central Presbyterian Church, Denver.  Colorado Woman's College, Denver, (now Johnson and Wales) and American Lutheran Church, Billings, Montana. 


In addition to new organ installations, major restorations/renovations were carried out on the four manual Austin organ in Macky Auditorium, University of Colorado, Trinity United Methodist Church, Denver, and Grace Episcopal Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Following Mr. Turpin's retirement in 1972, the name of the company was changed to Ivan P. Morel & Associates in order to better reflect the current and future management of the firm. 


Throughout the 1970's and until 1985, the firm continued its association with the Reuter Co. of Lawrence Kansas, culminating with the installation of the four manual, 60 stop, Reuter Organ at Augustana Lutheran Church, Denver, in 1985.  At that time the firm ended it's relationship with Reuter in order to concentrate on building new instruments under it's own name as well as continuing work in the area of restoration/renovation. 

A sample of the projects completed Morel & Associates, Inc.:

Phase I restoration of the 1920 Austin Organ in Memorial Hall, Pueblo, Colorado.  4 manuals, 58 stop.

Two manual, 7 stop organ for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Denver.

Two manual, 11 stop organ for The United Methodist Church, Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Renovation and installation of Aeolian-Skinner opus 1000 for St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish in Boulder, Colorado.  Two manual, 10 stops.

Removal, renovation, and installation (including new three manual console) of Moller Organ opus 9475.  (Relocated from Church of the Redeemer, Boston, Massachusetts, to St. Jude Catholic Community, Lakewood, Colorado.) 3 manual, 28 stops.

Mechanical and tonal renovation with tonal additions and in 2003, a new three manual console, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Amarillo, Texas.  3 manuals, 28 stops.

Restoration and tonal completion of the 1912 Kimball Organ, (including new three manual console) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Denver.  3 manuals, 37 stops.

Two manual, 12 stop organ for the United Methodist Church, Alliance, Nebraska.

Two manual, 17 stop organ for St. Paul United Methodist Church, Pueblo, Colorado.

New Three manual Console for the Welte-Tripp organ, Shove Chapel, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colorado 

New Two manual console for the Reuter organ, First United Methodist Church, Longmont, Colorado. 

New Three manual console for the Reuter organ, First Presbyterian Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

New Four manual console and tonal Additions for the Reuter organ, Montview Presbyterian Church, Denver, Colorado. 

New three manual console, Great and Pedal divisions for the Austin organ, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Boulder, Colorado

New four manual, 52 stop organ for Polk St. United Methodist Church, Amarillo, Texas.

 

4221 Steele St. • Denver, CO 80216 • 303-355-3852 • e-mail: morelpipeorgans@mac.com


Serving the Rocky Mountain Region since 1921!