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Wondering where your Journal is?

Us too. We know you look forward eagerly to receiving each issue of the Journal. We take that as the highest compliment you can give, and it is very deeply appreciated by all in the chain of people who put it together.
Every year we warn you ahead of time that the September/October issue will be later than usual. We explain that we have to give time for our reviewer to write the review, we need time to select the best pictures from the hundreds (sometimes thousands) submitted by you, and for our team of graphic designers need time to make the beautiful product you’ve come to expect – which, by the way carries double the number of color pages as a standard issue, all so that we can give you the best and most interesting recap of the convention and the Summer Youth Adventure.
That becomes complicated by the Labor Day holiday coming into play about the same time we’re preparing to give the issue to the printer. In the past two years, the pandemic has played a role as well, extending our typical six-working-days in production to closer to 12.
We didn’t expect it to run this late, though. The delay is due to all the factors we’ve already described many times, but with the addition of a production issue at our printer. Our printer has told us it is scheduled for mailing by September 30 (tomorrow, as I write this). And we still have the Postal Service to contend with.
So, please be patient and don’t jump on Donna Parker because your Journal is late. First, she has nothing to do with the printer, the production, or the United States Postal Service. If you want to jump on someone, my e-mail address is on the masthead of every issue. If you send me an e-mail asking about it, I’ll tell you what I know and remind you that it is the “September/October” issue, not the “End of August/First part of September” issue.
Finally, if you live in Florida and were impacted by Hurricane Ian, there is a fair chance that unless you receive your Journal by first-class mail, it may not arrive at all. If you haven’t received it by the first week in November, we’ll do our best to get another copy to you. We did not anticipate Ian when we placed the print order, so we have a very limited number of copies available, and it will be first come, first served. When we run out, we’re out. That’s it. Full stop.

As always, thank you for your support and understanding.

Mike Bryant

Greetings to all

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You will see our journey, from our humble beginnings at a home meeting among friends, to having chapters across the world. If you’re new to ATOS or theatre organs, we can help you find a local chapter’s contact information so you can connect with like-minded individuals to empower you in your theatre organ journey.

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News & Articles
  • September 17
    Detroit, Michigan was the site of the 2022 ATOS Summer Youth Adventure (SYA). Venues included the large Detroit Fox 4-manual, 36-rank instrument, and the very unique Detroit Theatre Organ Society’s Senate Theatre (former Fisher Theatre) 4-manual, 34-rank instrument. Students also visited the Redford Theatre (3-manual, 10-rank Barton), Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theatre (3-manual, 13-rank Barton), The... more
  • August 19
    ATOS has been notified that the Central Indiana Chapter has withdrawn their application for the 2024 convention. We are currently seeking another chapter to host 2024 as well as a host chapter for the 2025 convention. Please contact Michael Kinerk (m.kinerk [at] atos.org) if interested and for more information. more
  • August 2
    Greetings, We are addressing the issues and concerns that were brought up at the recent membership meeting. Our financial processes and procedures are being reviewed and they will be updated based upon those findings. Once the review is completed, we will contract with a Certified Public Accountant that has expertise with non profits and have a complete audit of our books done. Should you have... more
  • July 21
    Awards that were presented at the 2022 annual convention in San Diego, July 2022. Organist of the Year: Zach Frame Hall of Fame: Jonas Nordwall Honorary Member: Bob MacNeur Member of the Year: Catherine Oliver Special Merit Award: David Rhodes Industry Achievement: Organ Stop Pizza more
  • July 21
    Zach Frame Zach received the award at the annual convention in San Diego in July. He is the resident organist at Organ Piper Pizza, where he can heard almost nightly. Zach owes his interest in the theater pipe organ to his parents, and also to a visit to Organ Piper Pizza when he was 5 years old (in 1992). In addition to performing, Zach is a pipe organ technician and maintains the Organ Piper's... more
  • July 7
    Theatre organ friends, again it has fallen on me to relay the news that we have lost another valued member of our community. Stanley “Stan” Zimmerman passed away today after a period of rapid decline. Stan was born in Moline IL in farm country. He became interested in the organ and its music at an early age. Stan became a part of the Chicago Theatre Organ scene in the early 1960’s, palling around... more