Let me begin by saying I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of the Board for the American Theatre Organ Society. It is a responsibility that is humbling and one I don’t take lightly.

Let me also add my sincere appreciation to Bob Dilworth, Michael Kinerk and the entire convention planning team on a job well done. It was a sensational event which you can read about on our website at Full coverage will be in the next Journal.

From ATOS President/CE Ken Double

My goodness, what a week in Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

Bob Dilworth and his Convention Committee are to be congratulated for staging one of the more memorable ATOS Annual Conventions in a long time.

I hope you have had a chance to read the musings of Josh Dill, the new ATOS Youth Representative to the Board. His daily reports were beautifully written and captured the essence of each day’s activities.

The final convention day had arrived at last and the excitement in the air was palpable. It's a divinely ordained rendezvous: that special moment in the life of every organ votary when a holy longing wells up deep within the soul, calling one to go on pilgrimage to that most enigmatic of instruments: the Boardwalk Hall organ at Atlantic city. After a week of smaller conquests, today our Crusade would take Jerusalem! I was so darned keen on visiting the hall, an unexpected stop caught me totally off guard.

The final board meeting was concluded today, allowing us board members to shift more focus on the lighter side of the convention, garnering a few extra hours of rest in the process. The goodie-packed schedule has been tight, so sleep has become a rare commodity. I say sleep is for the weak! Today's events have been so exhilarating, a mere sip of hot tea and some adrenalin are all I required to be fully on point. I managed to find a few free hours for city exploration, and Philadelphia did not disappoint in providing a host of sites worth visiting!

The morning saw me up bright and early with bells well affixed to my toes. Today was the day of the silent film! Being a silent film fanatic, I knew the day to come would be special. On the relaxing bus ride to East Greenville, I caught up with some good friends I had previously met at the Atlanta convention. Our lively conversation meandered from Ambrotypes to Ektachrome and every odd subject in between. Such a rare and endangered species of conversation can only survive in the extraordinary habitat facilitated by an ATOS convention!

Dan Minervini was announced winner of the 2015 ATOS YOTC. He will receive over $2000 in cash prizes, as well as an opportunity to perform at the "Rising Star" concert at the Balboa Park Summer International Organ Festival in San Diego on July 20. He also received an invitation from Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Municipal Organist Steven Ball to perform on that instrument.

Great and manifold were the beautiful sights and sounds that I basked in today! After the members forum was completed, I leisurely strolled down the Avenue of the Arts toward the Wanamaker building. Wanamaker's most famous organ gracefully bowed out of the spotlight today so her little brother could have a go. In an alcove of the Macy's building, we were guided into the glowing aura that is Greek Hall. The room was lit by warm, vintage bulbs which romantically revealed tenderly inlaid oak paneling, carved to resemble Ionic columns, all adorned with the striking profiles of Greek heroes.

To my utter delight, the morning board meeting proved brief enough to allow me a few precious hours of free time so that I could explore the grand city of Philadelphia. This would only be the first of many fortunate events that occurred today! (Old man trouble must be on an extended sabbatical.) The entire city lay before me to conquer and subdue, so I set out with high spirits toward the Masonic Lodge for a guided tour! To the great regret of our unfortunate tour guide, two other ATOS conventioneers besides myself also attended the tour.

Daily Convention Reports from ATOS 2015 in Philadelphia by Joshua Dill, ATOS Board Youth Representative

Your ATOS Board of Directors and Staff arrived early to Philadelphia for the Annual ATOS Board Meeting. In addition to the regular business of the organization, the board also elected a new officers and installed new directors.


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