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We at ATOS hope you will make a decision to join us in Philadelphia, Wilmington, Phoenixville, East Greenville, the Allen Organ factory, and points beyond. If you have never been to a convention, what a way to be introduced to the fun we have. Registration...
This weekend, I will be in EMCATOS-land with ATOS Secretary Bob Evans, along with board members Don Phipps and Bill Coale. We will be taking on a very important task. Our goal is to make contact with the chapter leaders of all 62 of our groups, preferably...
Despite snow on the ground in Durango, CO where my guitar-playing-teaching brother Terry lives (and snow a LOT of places), my experience is Spring has indeed sprung, and my packing the suitcase now involves all kinds of other clothes. But always the tux with...
Congratulations to the three finalists for the Young Theatre Organist Competition! They will complete the competition at the American Theatre Organ Society’s annual convention this year to be held in Philadelphia. The first place winner will also travel to...
Greetings to you all, I am writing from lovely San Diego where I will meet with chapter officials of the Theatre Organ Society of San Diego later today, and then prepare for a Sunday concert on the Wurlitzer at Trinity Church. The main reason for my message...
An excellent news article on NBC News. Follow this link to see the video: http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/theater-organ-making-small-com...
Attendance for the Redford Theatre's (Detroit) latest silent film presentation was more than double the last film, encouraging the Motor City Theatre Organ Society (MCTOS) to 'stay the course' and keep the program growing. "Pandora's Box", a 1929 German...
The finest teacher of theatre organ style playing, with a list of students who rose to the highest level of concert playing, has died. John Ferguson passed away in Indianapolis Monday morning at the age of 79. He died peacefully in his sleep following some...
Do you live (and bank) outside the United States? If so, this is important news. United States banks have begun changing the manner in which foreign checks are handled, including substantial increases in costs for processing those checks. In some cases, the...
As has been reported in the pages (three articles) in the current issue of Theatre Organ, and also on this ATOS website, the organization is beginning to take the first steps toward reorganization following the September retreat in St. Louis. A recent...
Following the ATOS retreat in September, the organization is now embarking on several tasks as it moves forward implementing the recommendations from the event. ATOS Chairman Bob Dilworth has appointed the first two committees. The Finance Committee, headed...
Jack Moelmann has updated the Theatre Organ Journal Index. Wanna find an article on Ann Leaf. View or download the 2015 edition here. If you appreciate Jack's work, let him know.
An Overview of the ATOS Retreat Twenty representatives of the American Theatre Organ Society spent nearly 14 hours over two days in a corporate retreat, held September 20-21 at the Hilton Hotel at the St. Louis airport. Attendees: Board: Chairman Bob...
If you are sending materials to the Convention Music Shop for sale, please use the address and phone below: Bill Church 196 Deer Valley Ln Wilmington, DE 19807-1912 302.656.8195 haychur [at] comcast [dot] net Please include a list of what is in the package...
Parking around the 2015 Convention Hotels in downtown Philadelphia is expensive. Expect that hotel area parking will run $25 to $50 per day or more. Whether you're driving or flying, you may find the following hints helpful. Parking alternative ($6.75 per...
(updated April 3rd) The Doubletree Hotel has no more rooms available for any dates. The alternate hotel is the Residence Inn. There are rooms available at $129 per night plus tax which will include a hot breakfast and free WiFi in the rooms. The Residence...
Quick Links *** Note: Advance Rate Registration and Hotel Discounts end June 1st *** 2015 Convention Registration Website Philadelphia Tourism Information Philadelphia Airport Parking & Ground Transportation...
A native of Detroit, Frederick C. Bruflodt, 72, died on December 9, 2014. He lived most of his adult life in his adopted home town of East Lansing, and was a tireless supporter of the arts community of the greater Lansing area. Hardly a day went by that he...
Awards Due to an printing error, page 21 was omitted. It will be reprinted in the next issue, but until then, here is the full Awards story:      
We've heard you!! You've asked, "If the young people get the Summer Youth Adventure, what about us older players?" STEP UP YOUR PLAYING is ATOS' answer to an adult-level teaching experience. Jonas Nordwall, Donna Parker and Ken Double will provide tips...
To all who love the theatre organ, and especially Mighty Mo at the Atlanta Fox: There have been some comments, statement and, written reaction to a video production that was recently released on the great Moller organ, and other items erroneously indicating I...
The ATOS 2014 Board of Directors election results are in and can be seen in the attached document by Bob Evans. Here are the results of the 2014 ATOS Board Election:   Total ballots received – 1013. Results per nominee as they appeared on the ballot  ...
ATOS is pleased to offer the 5th Annual Technical Experience for participants 18 years of age and older. The ATOS Techincal experience is a one-week seminar that provides hands-on training for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the theatre organ....
Mar 3 TO Radio is up and alive. There was a problem with the DJ software being used to schedule the music. Its database became corrupted and needed to be rebuilt. Because of all the Shoutcast problems we experienced, we looked at a lot of other issues...
Doris Edwards Stovall (1934-2014) As a General Manager of a major theatre, she might have been the best friend ATOS and a great theatre organ ever had. Doris Edwards Stovall, former general manager of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the Embassy Theatre in...
Lakeside High School of the Ashtabula Area City School District is located in Ashtabula, Ohio and opened in 2006. The campus consists of High School, Junior High School, Performing Arts Center and an Athletic complex. With enrollment of 1100 students,...
(from Garden State Theatre Organ Society page at http://www.gstos.org/Jeff_Barker.htm) We are sad to report that local theatre organist Jeff Barker passed away suddenly on December 31, 2013. A native of Manchester, England, Jeff began piano lessons at age 5....
Despite his quiet and genteel nature coupled with the fact that he was a relative “late-comer” to the world of the theatre organ, Lafayette, IN native Robert F. (Bob) Mertz, who passed away November 24, 2013, had a major impact in the theatre organ world in a...
As I write, I am wrapping up yet another batch of travel. Spent my birthday, Nov. 6, flying to LA for meetings there. The 10th, off to New Zealand for two concert dates, providing some “pinch-hitting” for Rob Richards and Alex Zsolt who had to beg...
A major piece of the cultural and arts history of the City of New Orleans is back, and back in a big way. Not long after Hurricane Katrina devastated that city, officials began to explore all avenues of rebuilding the city, including restoring one of its...
The Saenger Theatre, the most opulent and famous theatre in New Orleans, re-opened with a splash last week after a $52 million renovation. Fund raising is underway to restore the singular 4/26 Robert-Morton pipe organ. And the man most responsible for...
ATOS Radio is now featuring Half Hourly Webcasts of Steve Ashleys' Hot Pipes, a new show will broadcast every week at the following times - Tuesday 2pm, Wednesday 9pm, Thursday 4am - all times Eastern US. Click to listen to ATOS Radio. More Information...
Dr. William Coale Will Write Definitive Bio of Legendary Organist The American Theatre Organ Society is excited to report the announcement by longtime ATOS member Dr. William Coale of his commission to write a scholarly biography of legendary theatre organist...
The 2013 Young Theatre Organist Completion is in the books and the winner is eighteen year old Justin LaVoie from Canton, Michigan. Justin currently studies theatre organ with Jelani Eddington, and classical organ with Rick Cucchi. He is a featured artist at...
NYTOS Awards Dan Minervini Scholarship, Concert Date At the just-concluded ATOS Annual Convention, attendees were treated to one of the best Young Theatre Organist Competition performances ever, as all three candidates performed brilliantly. Detroit native...
ATOS Awards for 2013 Hall of Fame: Allen Miller (ATOS Charter Member) Honorary Member: Don Near (Orange County, California) Organist of the Year: Len Rawle (United Kingdom) Member of the Year: Bob Markworth (Omaha, Nebraska) Award of Special Merit: Joe...
Dan Minervini, of Massapequa, NY, has been selected as the 2013 ATOS Theatre Organ Student of the Year. A student of Jelani Eddington since 2009, Dan has demonstrated significant talent, interest, and improvement as an organist. He participated in the 2009...
I am pleased to announce that Peter Shilliday and Joshua Dill have been selected as the 2013 George Wright Memorial Fellowship winners. Peter Shilliday is 24 years old and lives in Olathe, Kansas. He first heard the theatre organ on YouTube in 2007, and his...
The ATOS promotional posters features in Theatre Organ magazine are now available for free download to Chapters. You can download them here: http://www.atos.org/chapters/resources/promotional-print-materials
The 2013 ATOS Technical Experience is open for registration. The ATOS Techincal experience is a one-week seminar that provides hands-on training for anyone interested in the technical aspects of the theatre organ. The experience covers a variety of subjects...
The Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society (EMC-ATOS) annually offers a scholarship to the ATOS Technical Experience in the amount of $500. Interested applicants should send a letter to the address listed below. Applications due...
If you are a computer-literate person and have a little time, I'm looking for someone who can update the Theatre Organ locator list. We have a good PDF list, but a lot of organs haven't yet been put into the online version. Right now, the entry is pretty...