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Registration EXTENDED extended to Sept. 1, 2016
ATOS Technical Experience

Hosted By
Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations
September 12 - 15, 2016

Indianapolis, Indiana

ATOS is pleased to offer the 7th Annual Technical Experience for participants 18 years of age and older. This year the Technical Experience will be presented again as last year; at the working theatre organ restoration workshop of Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations. There will be several subjects presented over the four days. Among this year’s topics will be relays and switching system for theatre pipe organs. The last day will consist of a field trip to the Hilbert Circle Theatre 3/24 Wurlitzer, and the Warren Performing Arts Center 3/18 Barton.

Carlton Smith, Justin Nimmo, Allen Miller and Dick Wilcox will be the primary instructors, with additional teaching assistance from special guests.
The official hotel is again the Comfort Inn, where we have a special rate of $90/day (single or double) for a king or double, which includes a continental breakfast. When making your reservations ask for group rate “ATOS.”
Registration EXTENDED extended to Sept. 1, 2016

Tuition for the experience is $385.00 per person
Space is limited to 15 persons

For more information contact Carlton Smith – (317) 697-0318 – c.smith(at)

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Seamus Gethicker performs on Spreckels Organ
Seamus Gethicker was the first place winner of the 2016 American Theatre Organ Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition at the Cleveland convention..Through the generosity of San Diego’s civic organist, Dr. Carol Williams and the Spreckels Organ Society, Seamus performed on the Spreckels Organ at the Spreckels International Summer Organ Festival Concert on August 15th.

Watch the live video stream of Seamus Gethicker’s performance here:

Dr. Carol Williams performs concerts every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Monday evenings in summer from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. These performances can be seen live on ustream.

Seamus Gethicker
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David Peckham named Theatre Organist of the Year
David is well-known to theatre organ audiences throughout the world and has served as resident organist at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY since its opening. Hearing theatre organ music even before he was born, he was fortunate to grow up in a home packed with a modest theatre organ and all sorts of automatic musical instruments. Like so many child prodigies, Dave began taking piano lessons at age eight, then moved to the pipe organ when he was 11. He studied liberal arts and music at the Eastman School of Music, then returned to his home in Horsehead, New York, to work at his family’s pipe organ repair shop, L.A. Peckham and Son Pipe Organ Service. He credits his parents with giving him a musical background. ’’I was going to concerts, apparently, before I was born,’’ he said.
David Peckham

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Convention 2016 Blog
Read about each day through the eyes of some of our younger visitors - the George Wright Memorial Fellowship winners.
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Welcome to the American Theatre Organ Society. If you are one of our thousands of members, welcome back and enjoy the new site, with more information, more music and more fun. If you are new, we hope you will take some time to discover one of the music world's unique gems - the Mighty Theatre Organ. It's been more than 100 years since Wurlitzer created its first theatre organ, and Barton, Robert-Morton, Kimball, and dozens of other companies created thousands of instruments, made to accompany silent films, and fill majestic movie palaces with glorious music. ATOS is proud to work with more than 70 local chapters across the U. S. and around the world, promoting the instrument, presenting concerts and silent films, developing young artists and technicians, providing scholarships, and most of all, having a lot of fun in the world of music.

So take a moment. Find an instrument near you. Listen to some wonderful music. Be introduced to an artist; or explore our art form's fascinating history. We are delighted you found us. If not a member, we hope you will join us. Everything you need to do so is right here. Be prepared for what we like to call a musical "WOW!" moment. Get set for the Mighty Theatre Organ and ATOS. Welcome!

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