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Sunday, May 3rd 2020
Master pipe organ craftsman Ken Crome passed away on May 1. It would be difficult to find a corner of the theatre organ world that Ken didn't touch, from the original installation in the Jasper Sanfilippo home, to the recent acclaimed installation of the original Fox Studio Wurlitzer in the Bandrika studio of Nathan Barr. His stellar craftsmanship is seen the in the numerous consoles he...more...
Friday, April 17th 2020
Due to the current COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic, the Summer Technical Experience, originally scheduled for August, 2020, is cancelled. We plan to resume the STE next year. The dates will be announced in the Spring of 2021.more...
Wednesday, April 15th 2020
This evening, the Board of Directors made the tough decision to cancel this year's YTOC competition. At the same time, we voted to change the age requirements for the next two year's competitions so that those that would have aged out this year and next would have another opportunity to enter the competition. We look forward to resuming the competition next year at the convention in Indianapolis...more...
Sunday, March 22nd 2020
Video update from Dave Calendine on ATOS Issues, March 22, 2020. Hello! My name is Dave Calendine, Chairman of the American Theatre Organ Society. Today’s update brings some very important news regarding things with ATOS. Convention Rescheduled Due to the concern and seriousness of the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, this year’s convention in Indianapolis is being rescheduled to the summer of 2021. The...more...
Thursday, March 19th 2020
Dear Friends, All of us at ATOS recognize we are dealing with uncertain times. Last night your ATOS Board of Directors took what we believe is the appropriate step to reschedule the ATOS Annual Convention to July of 2021, in Indianapolis. We do not take these actions lightly and know everyone’s health and well-being need to be of paramount importance. The 2021 convention will follow this schedule...more...
Saturday, March 14th 2020
To our ATOS members, The American Theatre Organ Society, along with many other organizations, is monitoring the Corona Virus, or COVID-19 pandemic. While our passion of working on and presenting the theatre organ is there, we must also realize that gatherings are being highly discouraged, and in some places, banned outright, in order to slow the spread of the virus. We recognize that many of our...more...
Wednesday, February 12th 2020
2020 ELECTION OF DIRECTORS The American Theatre Organ Society announces its call for nominations to fill three (3) positions on the ATOS Board of Directors for the term 2020-2023. Any ATOS member who has maintained continuous membership in good standing for at least the last two years is eligible for nomination and may nominate themselves or be nominated by another member in good standing, in...more...
Thursday, February 6th 2020
Award Nominations As your vice chairman and chair of the awards committee, it is my pleasure to begin working on this year’s list of awardees. Anyone wanting to make a nomination should send that candidate’s nomination to t.gibson [at] atos.org as soon as possible so their name can be considered. The categories are: Hall of Fame. This is the American Theatre Organ Society’s highest award! It is...more...
Friday, January 31st 2020
The Sanfilippo family of Barrington Hills, Illinois announces the passing of their father, Jasper B. Sanfilippo, who died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Jasper Sanfilippo Former CEO and Chairman of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Jasper was also known World- wide for his Collection of Automatic Music Instruments, the World's largest restored Theater...more...
Thursday, January 16th 2020
The ATOS Endowment Fund assists ATOS chapters or other not-for-profit organizations engaged in theatre pipe organ programs or projects which will have a lasting impact on the preservation or presentation of the theatre pipe organ as a historically American instrument and musical art form; projects or programs of particular historical or scholarly merit; and other projects or programs as approved...more...