Greetings to you all, as I write to you from Arlington, MN, and the magnificent farm country west of Minneapolis-St. Paul. About the time you read this message, Mike Bryant, Don Feely and Dannielle Stark will have put the finishing touches on the September/October issue of THEATRE ORGAN, the convention issue. The journal will have the full report and lots of pictures from the WRTOS-hosted event, which was simply sensational. Because of the crunch/deadline to get all of the convention info into the journal, it might arrive a day or two later than normal, but it will be worth the wait, for sure!
Also, Mark Renwick is working with Steve Worthington and the convention artists to get the highlights CD into production just as soon as possible. More to come on that very soon.
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.
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.
Read about each day through the eyes of some of our younger visitors - the George Wright Memorial Fellowship winners.
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Helena Simonton, the widow of the late Richard Simonton (d. 1979), passed away peacefully July 31 in California after a brief decline in health. October 31 would have been her...more...
The 2016 Chapter showcase is now available for viewing. https://www.atos.org/2016-chapter-showcasemore...