Young Theatre Organist Competition


The American Theatre Organ Society (ATOS) is pleased to announce its Young Theatre Organist Competition (YTOC) for 2022. Founded in 1985, the YTOC has aided in the career advancement of many theatre organists who perform internationally today. The immense success of the competition makes it a forerunner program, sponsored by the ATOS.

YTOC is open to young organists between the ages of thirteen and twenty-five. (as of July 2020). Entering is free, and the rewards can be immensely gratifying! The top three entrants will proceed as finalists in the live round of the competition--ATOS will award $500 to each of the finalists, and pay the convention and travel expenses of the finalists to the 2022 San Diego Convention. There, the finalists will present their talents to the three judges, who will then pick a first place winner.

Successful competitors are eligible to win $500 from ATOS, a trip to the 2023 Annual ATOS Convention in Chicago, Illinois, and the opportunity to perform live before the Annual ATOS Convention Audience in the Young Theatre Organist Showcase.

The first place winner of the competition will be awarded an additional $500, plus $1000 from the Garden State Theatre Organ Society (GSTOS). Other ATOS chapters may also offer additional prizes. Take advantage of this opportunity to present your talents to the theatre organ community at the convention by entering the 2022 YTOC!

To contribute specifically to this program, please visit our Donation Website. (opens in new page)

  • Previous Winners
  • Application Materials

    UPLOAD Required Material Here:

    • Find the 2022 Application and rules at the bottom of this page
    • Any questions should be directed to Luke Staisiunas, competition chair.

    2019 Winner, Aaron Hawthorne

    2018 YTOC First Place Winner, Luke Staisiunas

    2018 Winner, Luke Staisiunas

    2017 Winner, Alex Jones

    2016 Winner, Seamus Gethicker

    2015 YTOC First Place Winner, Dan Minervini

    2015 Winner, Dan Minervini