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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...
Thursday, August 4th 2016
The 2016 Chapter showcase is now available for viewing. https://www.atos.org/2016-chapter-showcasemore...
Friday, July 22nd 2016
By Ken Double I had the privilege of being in the Chicago area and spending the better part of two days during the recent ATOS Summer Youth Adventure (the “SYA”). It is hard to believe that this event just celebrated its 10th Anniversary! This year’s staff included SYA director Jonas Nordwall; Donna Parker; Jelani Eddington; Martin Ellis and Chris Elliott. They were kept busy over a week-long...more...
Friday, July 22nd 2016
A smooth transition; a new Board of Directors; a “calming of the storm;” a great convention; and two other major events are an indication that the American Theatre Organ Society is back to conducting its business well, and is moving forward. The Cleveland Convention was a great success and you will read all about it in the upcoming September-October issue of the journal. In making the transition...more...
Thursday, July 14th 2016
Andy Crow, the well-known organist, organ builder, and restorer, passed away on July 12 at the Panorama Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Lacey, Washington. Andy had been living with Parkinson's Disease; he was 83. Andy Crow started piano lessons at the age of eight and began to study the organ at age 12. After achieving educational degrees in music, Andy spent two years in the Army...more...
Monday, July 11th 2016
The ATOS Board of Directors and Officers (the Board) held three separate sessions last week in Cleveland, OH during the 2016 ATOS Annual Convention. The Board held its annual meeting on July1, 2016 and elected new officers for each of the leadership positions. The topics included a review of this year’s staff and committee reports, the election of new officers, adoption of an annual budget and an...more...
Saturday, July 9th 2016
ATOS Convention Day 5 - July 7 Pictures of the day. Overture Day: https://www.atos.org/atos-convention-overture-day Day 2 - July 4: https://www.atos.org/atos-convention-day-2 Day 3 - July 5: https://www.atos.org/atos-convention-day-3-july-5 Day 4 - July 6: https://www.atos.org/atos-convention-day-4-july-6-0more...
Friday, July 8th 2016
ATOS Convention Day 4 - July 6 From Christopher: ATOS Day 4 - Wednesday: What a long day!! First we started of to see John Lauter at Sandusky State Theatre which is a lovely small town theatre opened in 1928. I have never seen a theatre design like this before and it's a quaint little place. I love the four seasons murals. The organ is a 3/8 Page; this was the first Page organ I have heard...more...
Thursday, July 7th 2016
ATOS Convention Day 3 - July 5 From Jared: The exhaustion is setting in and I REALLY want to sleep, but nevertheless I'll power this blog entry out quickly! Today was amazing!!! Congratulations to Seamus for winning the YTOC, and to Richie and Luke for being finalists! Quite prestigious! I hope to do that next year. Not sure what to play though, I'll definitely have to expand my repertoire......more...