Young Theatre Organist Competition


The Young Theatre Organist Competition is the flagship competition of the American Theatre Organ Society. It is the premier showcase for young theatre organ musicians and is an essential part of ATOS’s role in assuring the future of the organization and the entire theatre organ movement. Most of the current performing theatre organists under the age of 45 have entered and placed in the YTOC.

The competition is open to any young person between the ages of 13 and 25 who plays the organ…be it classical or theatre…or just for your own amusement. It doesn’t cost anything to enter and the rewards can be immensely gratifying…plus if you place in the top three, ATOS, in addition to awarding you $500.00, will pay for your transportation, housing and registration to attend the 2018 Annual Convention, to be held in Pasadena, California June 29 - July 3 of 2018. There you will be able to present your talents to the convention attendees and be adjudicated by three judges who will select the first place winner. The first place winner will receive an additional $500 award and the opportunity to present your talents to the 2019 ATOS Convention to be held in Rochester, New York! In addition, the 2017 winner was invited to play a cameo performance on the world's largest outdoor organ, The Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park, San Diego, California in August 2017. GSTOS offers the winner a $1,000.00 prize and the opportunity to perform a concert for GSTOS in New Jersey. The two runners up will each receive a $500.00 prize from GSTOS. Other ATOS chapters may also offer additional prizes.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to present your talents to the theatre organ community at the California Convention by entering the 2018 YTOC!.

To contribute specifically to this program, please visit our Donation Website. (opens in new page)
We have our 2018 finalists! They will compete at the ATOS Convention in Pasadena on Saturday, June 30 at Barnum Hall in Santa Monica. Also performing on the 3/17 Wurlitzer will be Alex Jones, the 2017 overall winner.
In alphabetical order...
Ryan Hardy, 21 years old from Sioux Falls, SD

Ryan Hardy

Brett Miller, 16 years old from Ottsville, PA

Brett Miller

Luke Staisiunas, 21 years from West Chester, PA


  • Previous Winners
  • Application Materials

    • Applications materials can be found at the bottom of this page, when published.
    • Any questions should be directed to Denise Andersen, competition chair.

    2017 Winner, Alex Jones

    2016 Winner, Seamus Gethicker

    2015 YTOC First Place Winner, Dan Minervini

    2015 Winner, Dan Minervini