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Sunday, June 26th 2016
The American Theatre Organ Society will be holding its annual Young Theatre Organist Competition this coming July 5 in Cleveland. The initial competition has yielded three finalists. They are: Seamus Gethicker, Richie Gregory and Luke Staisiunas. Please plan on attending this event to support our extraordinary young talent. Seamus Gethicker is a junior at Morse High School in Bath, Maine. Seamus...more...
Thursday, June 23rd 2016
GENERAL INFORMATION Since 2001, the American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) has reserved a seat on its Board of Directors for a Youth Representative. The purpose of this position is to create a two-way avenue for dialogue and the expression of ideas from a youth perspective. The Youth Representative should be involved in as many ATOS events and activities as possible, and should encourage new...more...
Monday, June 13th 2016
Registration is now open for the 2016 ATOS Technical Experience Hosted By Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations September 12 - 15, 2016 Indianapolis, Indiana Read more here: https://www.atos.org/program/technical-experience-0more...
Saturday, June 4th 2016
The 2016 International Youth Silent Film Festival is currently underway in Portland, Oregon and is featured in a nearly 17-minute segment on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s (OPB) “State of Wonder” program this weekend. The OPB website has the segment available online: http://www.opb.org/radio/article/international-youth-silent-film-festiva... Theatre Organist Nathan Avakian has created some new...more...
Monday, May 23rd 2016
Dear ATOS Members and Friends, For all of the reasons explained in the attached letter, in my role as Chairman of the Board, I am taking the following actions. 1. In accordance with the authority granted to me in Section 3.2 of the Bylaws and California Corporate Code § 5510(e), I am hereby calling a special meeting of the membership to take place on July 4, 2016 at 1:15 P.M. EDT at the ATOS...more...
Thursday, May 19th 2016
As I write this, I am at a quick stop in Seattle before flying on to Spokane following a 4-day stop in Portland. Keeping the folks at Delta busy again. Met with Columbia River Chapter leaders and members and played a short chapter program at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland. The fine 3-manual digital will soon start to transition to the long-awaited pipe organ. Exciting especially for a venue...more...
Sunday, May 8th 2016
As provided in Section 5.2 of the Bylaws, the Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting at the Renaissance Hotel, Cleveland, OH, on July 2, 2016. Any person at least 18 years of age with continuous ATOS membership for the last two years is eligible to seek an office. Candidates may submit written or digital résumés to Michael Fellenzer, ATOS Chairman. Nominations or supporting materials...more...
Thursday, April 7th 2016
Joe Patten, also known as the “Phantom of the Fox” and a person often singled out as the key individual in the effort to save the Atlanta Fox Theatre, died Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Patten had recently suffered a massive stroke, and had been hospitalized. Born in Lakeland, Florida in 1927, Joe Patten grew up with a love of fast cars and theatre pipe organs. He moved to Atlanta and worked...more...
Tuesday, April 5th 2016
April 1, 2016 Greetings all, and despite the date, please note everything here is legit! We have much to chat about including a couple of important items. First, regarding elections. From the Chairman of the Nominating Committee comes the following message. Doug Powers’ note is timely as the ballots will be arriving in your mail very soon. Doug states: "Please note that the ATOS Board nomination...more...
Saturday, April 2nd 2016
California Zephyr Railcar Charters presents KING OF INSTRUMENTS TOUR August 14 –27 Two week tour One week tours also available: Aug 14 Northbound and Aug 21 Southbound. The King of Instruments! We’ll visit some of the finest examples of this most grand and complex of musical machines on our round trip tour from San Diego to Seattle. We will visit concert organs, church organs, and theater organs...more...