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BLOGGING ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST WEEKS IN THE MODERN HISTORY OF THEATRE ORGAN CONCERTS! What do London, England, St. Louis, Missouri and Auckland, New Zealand have in common? Singularly great theatre organ concerts, with huge audiences, putting the...
GOOD LUCK AT THE TROXY, AT THE ST. LOUIS FOX, AND EVERYWHERE ELSE! As I write this from hot, humid, rainy Atlanta, I realize I shouldn’t complain. I heard on this morning’s news that some parts of California are literally sinking because so much water is...
The new 2016 Endowment Fund Application and Procedures are now available on the ATOS website at: http://www.atos.org/programs-awards/applications There are significant changes in the Application and review procedures so please examine and implement the...
CLEVELAND 2016 Home of the “IN-THEATRE” sound! July 3 – 8, 2016 Convention Hotel: Renaissance Cleveland Hotel Tower City Center, 24 Public Square Cleveland, OH 44113 Built in 1918, the Cleveland Hotel has been a downtown landmark for almost a century. Our...
Greetings! Let me begin by saying I consider it an honor and privilege to serve as Chairman of the Board for the American Theatre Organ Society. It is a responsibility that is humbling and one I don’t take lightly. Let me also add my sincere appreciation to...
From ATOS President/CE Ken Double My goodness, what a week in Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Bob Dilworth and his Convention Committee are to be congratulated for staging one of the more memorable ATOS Annual Conventions in a long time. I hope you have...
The final convention day had arrived at last and the excitement in the air was palpable. It's a divinely ordained rendezvous: that special moment in the life of every organ votary when a holy longing wells up deep within the soul, calling one to go on...
The final board meeting was concluded today, allowing us board members to shift more focus on the lighter side of the convention, garnering a few extra hours of rest in the process. The goodie-packed schedule has been tight, so sleep has become a rare...
The morning saw me up bright and early with bells well affixed to my toes. Today was the day of the silent film! Being a silent film fanatic, I knew the day to come would be special. On the relaxing bus ride to East Greenville, I caught up with some good...
Dan Minervini was announced winner of the 2015 ATOS YOTC. He will receive over $2000 in cash prizes, as well as an opportunity to perform at the "Rising Star" concert at the Balboa Park Summer International Organ Festival in San Diego on July 20. He also...
Great and manifold were the beautiful sights and sounds that I basked in today! After the members forum was completed, I leisurely strolled down the Avenue of the Arts toward the Wanamaker building. Wanamaker's most famous organ gracefully bowed out of the...
To my utter delight, the morning board meeting proved brief enough to allow me a few precious hours of free time so that I could explore the grand city of Philadelphia. This would only be the first of many fortunate events that occurred today! (Old man...
Daily Convention Reports from ATOS 2015 in Philadelphia by Joshua Dill, ATOS Board Youth Representative What a prelude! It could be aptly described as an overwhelming exhibition of what a bit of money in the right hands can accomplish. The DuPonts and the...
Your ATOS Board of Directors and Staff arrived early to Philadelphia for the Annual ATOS Board Meeting. In addition to the regular business of the organization, the board also elected a new officers and installed new directors. Elected as Chairman was...
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...
Hi to all, and I hope wherever you are, you are surviving the wintry weather. I’m in Atlanta, and our immediate future forecast predicts lows in the teens, highs to barely reach 30. At least we are not shoveling out from under the many feet of snow that has...
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...
It was an experiment that proved successful. After many years of the popular Summer Youth Adventure, once again ATOS was asked by the adult players among our members, “Hey, where’s our program like that?” With Jonas Nordwall leading the way, ATOS organized...
I am home, getting ready to enjoy Thanksgiving with friends in Atlanta, and reflecting on the better part of the past 30 days spent on the road. Lots of things to reflect on, including: One new Chapter (Old Dominion, Richmond VA) going strong and one...
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...
(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...
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  ...
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....
Ken Double’s Blog January 7, 2014 Hello New Year – Good-bye Pounds!! So have you written any checks yet, and put “2013” on the date line? And have you dared to venture on to the scale so soon after the holidays? And for the 187 million of us humans stung by...
Ice cold and snow, but hot music in a hot location. That's one way to describe my latest wanderings, this time back to Indiana. Dick and Linda Wilcox, the owners of Uniflex 3000 relay systems, moved to delightful Union City, IN, so named because the state...
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...