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Tuesday, July 11th 2017
Alex Jones was named overall winner of the 2017 Youth Theatre Organ Competition, after performing with the other finalists at the 2017 ATOS National Convention in Florida. Originally from London, Alex is currently studying for a Masters in Organ Performance Literature at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York in the studio of Prof. Edoardo Bellotti. In 2009, he gained a scholarship...more...
Tuesday, July 11th 2017
Jerry Nagano (na-GA-no, not NA-ga-no) was born and raised in the Los Angeles area where he began his musical training at age ten. From the very beginning the movies played a major role in his musical life. It was because of attending a silent movie show accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer that Jerry took an interest in the organ. After instruction on electronic organ for a period, he had a chance...more...
Wednesday, July 5th 2017
The 2017 Convention in Tampa, Florida has now concluded. Hundreds of ATOS members enjoyied a week filled with wonderful music and musicians. Read daily updates here, and see what all the excitement is about. Reports and photos by Richard Neidich. Day One Day Two Day Three Day Four Encore - Day One Encore - Day Twomore...
Sunday, July 2nd 2017
The first phase of the project to digitize more than 60 years of the American Theatre Organ Journal begins with the Oklahoma University's Thousands Strong crowd-funding campaign: Help OU Students Preserve the History of American Organs! This campaign will fund the first phase of our project to digitize the American Theatre Organ Journal - a more than 60-year-old publication, filled with...more...
Sunday, May 21st 2017
This year's Young Theatre Organist Competion had six (6) applications. Three (3) made it! Our three YTOC finalists, who will be performing at the 2017 Tampa Convention at the YTOC competition are… (in alphabetical order…) Ryan Hardy Alex Jones Nicholas Renkosik This year the competition was tough! We are very proud of this group of young organists and can’t wait to hear them at the 2017...more...
Saturday, March 25th 2017
By now you may have been wondering about a ballot in order for members to make their selection of three new Directors for the ATOS Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee Chairman Bob Evans received only three valid candidates for this year’s election, the same number of open three year terms. The ATOS By-Laws allow for the Board of Directors to suspend the mailing of the election ballots...more...
Friday, March 17th 2017
Presented by the "FRIENDS OF THE ORGAN OF CINEMA COLLEGE CLAPARÈDE," created in November 2012 in order to bring attention on an exceptional instrument installed in the Aula (concert hall) of Claparède College, a festival runs March 31 - April 8. The association was created at the instigation of Mr. Nicolas Hafner and Vincent Thévenaz, organists and Madeleine Rousset Grenon, Director of Claparède...more...
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...