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Tuesday, July 11th 2017
Alex Jones was named overall winner of the 2017 Youth Theatre Organ Competition, after performing with the other finalists at the 2017 ATOS National Convention in Florida. Originally from London, Alex is currently studying for a Masters in Organ Performance Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the studio of Prof. Edoardo Bellotti. In 2009, he gained a scholarship...more...
Tuesday, July 11th 2017
Jerry Nagano (na-GA-no, not NA-ga-no) was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where he began his musical training at age ten. From the very beginning the movies played a major role in his musical life. It was because of attending a silent movie show accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer that Jerry took an interest in the organ. After instruction on electronic organ for a period, he had a chance...more...
Sunday, July 2nd 2017
The first phase of the project to digitize more than 60 years of the American Theatre Organ Journal begins with the Oklahoma University's Thousands Strong crowd-funding campaign: Help OU Students Preserve the History of American Organs! This campaign will fund the first phase of our project to digitize the American Theatre Organ Journal - a more than 60-year-old publication, filled with...more...
Tuesday, May 9th 2017
If your email address has changed or you are not receiving regular ATOS announcements, please send your correct email address to Donna Parker at: d.parker [at] atos.org Get all the current ATOS news delivered right to your inbox!more...
Saturday, March 25th 2017
By now you may have been wondering about a ballot in order for members to make their selection of three new Directors for the ATOS Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee Chairman Bob Evans received only three valid candidates for this year’s election, the same number of open three year terms. The ATOS By-Laws allow for the Board of Directors to suspend the mailing of the election ballots...more...
Friday, March 17th 2017
Presented by the "FRIENDS OF THE ORGAN OF CINEMA COLLEGE CLAPARÈDE," created in November 2012 in order to bring attention on an exceptional instrument installed in the Aula (concert hall) of Claparède College, a festival runs March 31 - April 8. The association was created at the instigation of Mr. Nicolas Hafner and Vincent Thévenaz, organists and Madeleine Rousset Grenon, Director of Claparède...more...
Saturday, February 18th 2017
Former ATOS Board Member, longtime ATOS member and supporter, and pipe organ owner John DeMajo recently wrote a post to the Theatre Organ-L chatroom. It posed the serious issue of the growing number of instruments needing homes, and what ATOS is doing about this problem.more...
Saturday, January 28th 2017
Dear Friends in ATOS: By now I know many of you have received the news that I have tendered my letter or resignation as President/CE of ATOS to Chairman Richard Neidich. The effective date is March 31, 2017. I know you know because I have received dozens and dozens upon dozens of phone calls, text messages and emails on the topic. I will answer you all eventually, but there are two reasons for...more...
Friday, November 25th 2016
Boy, is our face red! In the November/December issue of the Journal, we ran a review of a CD from John Clark McCall, entitled Florida Fanfare – Your Packard Hit Parade 5th Edition. Reviewer Doug Grant referred to it as a two-CD compilation with a price of $25.00. Wrong on two counts. First, it isn’t a two-CD set. There is a second CD entitled Florida Fanfare, which is a separate recording. Doug...more...
Thursday, August 4th 2016
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 99th birthday. She and her husband, who was one of the founders of ATOS in the early 1950's, created an extraordinary home that overlooked the private Toluca Lake enclave in North Hollywood, CA. It was in this home that a...more...