News about ATOS and the world of Theatre Organ internationally.

Monday, August 24th 2015

The new 2016 Endowment Fund Application and Procedures are now available on the ATOS website at:

There are significant changes in the Application and review procedures so please examine and implement the changes.

A critical change is concerning the application submittal date.
It has now been moved to February 1, 2016.

Tuesday, August 4th 2015

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 nearly a century. Our secured hotel rate is $109 per night. There is subway service directly from the airport to the hotel. More information and a reservation code will be available later.

Convention Venues:

Thursday, July 9th 2015

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 had a chance to read the musings of Josh Dill, the new ATOS Youth Representative to the Board. His daily reports were beautifully written and captured the essence of each day’s activities.

Sunday, July 5th 2015

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 received an invitation from Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall Municipal Organist Steven Ball to perform on that instrument.

Tuesday, May 26th 2015

The Mighty Wurlitzer at Steubenville’s historic theatre, The Grand, is back in its home. Read this blog post Theatre Historical Society's website.

Wednesday, May 20th 2015

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 the red handkerchief in the breast pocket.

It will get a good workout June 6 at Long Center in Lafayette, IN where I will play my 33rd annual variety show concert on the 3/21 Wurlitzer. I’ll be sharing the stage with some wonderfully talented young people (details at

Tuesday, May 5th 2015

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 today is not so much what is going on with me now, but what I hope will be going on with you in July. In the next few days, you will be receiving your May-June issue of Theatre Organ, and you will find the information for our Philadelphia/Wilmington-based convention, dubbed “SOMETHING BIG!”

Thursday, April 16th 2015

An excellent news article on NBC News. Follow this link to see the video:

Sunday, February 15th 2015

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 devastated our friends in Chicago, Massachusetts, and all points in between and beyond.

Monday, January 26th 2015

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 health issues.

Born in Shreveport, LA in 1935, his piano studies morphed into organ studies, and he made a name for himself playing Hammond with piano at lounges and restaurants, including the famous Stan Musial's restaurant in St. Louis.