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Saturday, February 18th 2017
Former ATOS Board Member, longtime ATOS member and supporter, and pipe organ owner John DeMajo recently wrote a post to the Theatre Organ-L chatroom. It posed the serious issue of the growing number of instruments needing homes, and what ATOS is doing about this problem.more...
Saturday, January 28th 2017
Dear Friends in ATOS: By now I know many of you have received the news that I have tendered my letter or resignation as President/CE of ATOS to Chairman Richard Neidich. The effective date is March 31, 2017. I know you know because I have received dozens and dozens upon dozens of phone calls, text messages and emails on the topic. I will answer you all eventually, but there are two reasons for...more...
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, September 1st 2016
David is well-known to theatre organ audiences throughout the world and has served as resident organist at the Clemens Center in Elmira, NY since its opening. Hearing theatre organ music even before he was born, he was fortunate to grow up in a home packed with a modest theatre organ and all sorts of automatic musical instruments. Like so many child prodigies, Dave began taking piano lessons at...more...
Monday, August 15th 2016
Convention 2016 Blog Read about each day through the eyes of some of our younger visitors - the George Wright Memorial Fellowship winners. Read Moremore...
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...