As of 2011, Ron Rhode is beginning his 37th year as one of the most popular theatre organists. His recordings have received "Top Rating 10/10" from CD Review Magazine, and he was awarded Theatre Organist Of The Year 1989 by ATOS. He has played virtually every major theatre organ installation in the world.
Ron is a native of Illinois, where he began his musical career on the piano. He quickly advanced to classical pipe organ, and in 1968 held his first theatre organ job playing for roller skating. In 1973 Ron moved to Phoenix, Ariz., to start a long association with the Organ Stop Pizza restaurants.
In 1975 Ron moved to Mesa, Ariz., where he held the featured organist post and played for pizza patrons until November 1986. In July 1988, Ron again joined the staff as associate organist until his retirement in 2000. In Phoenix, he has been the featured organist for the Orpheum Theatre Silent Sunday Series since its inception in May 1999.
Since leaving the pizza parlor on a regular basis, Ron has completed a Bachelor of Education degree in Early Childhood Education at Arizona State University, and in 1995 earned a Master of Elementary Education degree from Northern Arizona State University. He is a Media Specialist at Roosevelt Elementary in Mesa, Ariz. In addition to teaching, recording and concertizing, Ron is the organist for the Church of the Beatitudes U.C.C. in Phoenix, Ariz.
Although Ron is held to the classroom through the week, he still finds time to maintain an active concert and recording career. He continues to perform professionally across the U.S., Canada, England, and Australia. He is a favorite at ATOSnational and regional conventions. He has more than 20 recordings to his credit.
1603 Palmcroft Dr. SE
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (480) 695-8568
E-Mail: azroxy [at] cox.net
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