Summer Youth Adventure

The Summer Youth Adventure

This year, 2021, will feature Virtual Events at NO COST to participants. The Summer Youth Adventure (SYA) is a week-long event designed for young theatre organ enthusiasts who are interested in learning, developing, or refining their skills with the theatre organ. During the week, students will attend a variety of instructional sessions, master classes, and open console time designed to improve their theatre organ knowledge and skills. In addition to the invaluable instruction and learning opportunities, students will forge lifelong friendships with other young enthusiasts who share their passion for the theatre organ.


2021 Paper Application Form
2021 Online Application Form

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2021 Virtual Summer Youth Adventure. This year we are delighted to offer a full‐ride tuition scholarship to each student who participates in our virtual adventure!

The Summer Youth Adventure begins on Sunday, July 11, at 6:00 PM, EDT with a Get Acquainted Zoom meeting. Daily Zoom sessions will continue Monday through Thursday, beginning at 12:00 PM (noon), EDT and concluding by 4:30 PM EDT. Each of the sessions will feature a combination of instructional material from our teaching staff as well as individualized coaching for the participants.***

On Friday afternoon at 4:00PM, we will have a closing mini concert featuring each of participants. Prior to the event, there will be some additional preparation time available between 12:00PM and 3:00PM EDT. Students are encouraged to invite their family and friends to join them for this special event.

We recommend that each student have a piece to play that they are comfortable with. We will work on that piece throughout the week during our instructional sessions and will feature it during the final concert.

If students do not have access to an organ or a device (smartphone and/or camera) to participate in the Zoom sessions, please contact Jonas Nordwall at jgnordwall [at] or Jelani Eddington at rj.eddington [at] directly for additional assistance.

We are looking forward to a unique and productive experience for everyone!


All interested students are welcome to attend. Keyboard/organ playing skills at various levels are necessary.


This year - ONLINE!


Virtual events: July 11 - 16
See details above


Each year, a core teaching faculty plans and develops the SYA curriculum. The material presented at each SYA changes from year to year, and care is taken to ensure that topics presented are relevant and interesting to students at all levels of study.
The SYA core teaching faculty consists of Jonas Nordwall, Donna Parker, Jelani Eddington, and Martin Ellis. In addition, the SYA invites one or more visiting instructors each year to present topics related to their areas of expertise.


For 2021, the Tuition Fee is being waived.


N/A this year


No payment is necessary for 2021.
2021 Paper Application Form
2021 Online Application Form


Read a review of the 2017 Summer Youth Adventure from GSTOS President Michael Cipolletti.
Review - 2017 Summer Youth Adventure