Renowned theatre organist Jim Riggs passed away on October 3, 2022. He will be remembered for his vintage theatre organ stylings and his congenial manner towards everyone he met. During his long career he served as house organist at many different venues, including 20 years at the Oakland Paramount.
News about ATOS and the world of Theatre Organ internationally.
Detroit, Michigan was the site of the 2022 ATOS Summer Youth Adventure (SYA).
ATOS has been notified that the Central Indiana Chapter has withdrawn their application for the 2024 convention. We are currently seeking another chapter to host 2024 as well as a host chapter for the 2025 convention. Please contact Michael Kinerk (m.kinerk [at] atos.org) if interested and for more information.
We are addressing the issues and concerns that were brought up at the recent membership meeting.
Awards that were presented at the 2022 annual convention in San Diego, July 2022.
Organist of the Year: Zach Frame
Hall of Fame: Jonas Nordwall
Honorary Member: Bob MacNeur
Member of the Year: Catherine Oliver
Special Merit Award: David Rhodes
Industry Achievement: Organ Stop Pizza
Zach received the award at the annual convention in San Diego in July.
Theatre organ friends, again it has fallen on me to relay the news that we have lost another valued member of our community. Stanley “Stan” Zimmerman passed away today after a period of rapid decline. Stan was born in Moline IL in farm country. He became interested in the organ and its music at an early age.
Covid Policy Update
A change was made to the ATOS event attendance policy effective May 5, 2022. Here is the revised policy:
ATOS will follow the COVID policy in effect in the venue at the time of the event.
During the 2022 convention, masks will not be required unless the venue specifically requires such.
The theatre organ world lost a monumental leader and benefactor when Jack Moelmann passed away on Dec. 30, 2021. Jack was a member of ATOS since 1967, served on their Board of Directors in one capacity or another continuously for 23 years (1983-2006), chaired several committees, and was the ATOS President from 1985 until 1988.