Latest ATOS News

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 Doubletree Hotel has no more rooms available for June 30 or July 1. If you are planning to arrive before July 2, Please book your room for those two days at the Residence Inn (listed below). You may book the rest of the convention at the Doubletree if you...
Now is the time to submit your application for a grant from the ATOS Endowment Fund. Since its beginning, the Endowment Fund has paid out over $172,000 in grants. Preference will be given to ATOS Chapter-owned organs and sponsored projects. For further...
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...
Our current youth representative/director’s term expires at the convention this year. Many thanks to Dan Minervini for his work as the current youth representative. We need to begin looking for candidates for the 2015-2017 Youth representative. If you know of...
I write to remind you that the 2015 Young Theatre Organist Competition (YTOC) application deadline is April 15. YTOC is a flagship program of the ATOS, encouraging our younger artists in their performance development. Winners become our "Rising Stars" with...
Quick Links 2015 Convention Registration Website Video Preview Hotel Booking Update Note: Due to strong convention registration, The Doubletree has no rooms available for June 30 or July 1. Please book your room for those two days at the Residence Inn below...
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...
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...