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American Theatre Organ Society

The American Theatre Organ Society is dedicated to the preservation of a unique American art form, the theatre pipe organ and its music. Organized in 1955, ATOS has grown into an international society of more than 2,000 members. There are over 75 chapters in the United States and other countries.

The goals of ATOS, to preserve, restore, maintain, and promote the theatre pipe organ, are being accomplished by members working at the chapter level. Presenting concerts, silent film programs, and special events for the general public are but a few of the regularly scheduled chapter activities.

Another goal is to encourage young musicians to become proficient theatre organists. An annual Young Theatre Organist Competition is sponsored by ATOS. The winners receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform at the annual ATOS convention. In addition, ATOS provides annual scholarships to aspiring young theatre organ students.


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Members receive the acclaimed bimonthly ATOS journal, THEATRE ORGAN, which contains articles of interest to all theatre pipe organ enthusiasts. Join the ATOS now and support the important work of this nonprofit organization.

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Sierra Chapter, ATOS

The heart of the American Theatre Organ Society is its local chapters where the goals of ATOS are accomplished by dedicated members. Sierra Chapter serves the Sacramento Valley and east to the Sierra Nevada. Members receive the monthly chapter newsletter, attend concerts, watch silent films, and participate in many other educational and social activities.

Sierra Chapter owns and maintains the 3/13 George A. Seaver Memorial Theatre Pipe Organ at Fair Oaks Community Clubhouse which is available to regular members for practice on a scheduled time basis.

Sierra Chapter has a permanent Scholarship Fund. The annual dividends from this fund are used to award grants-in-aid to aspiring young theatre organ students. The chapter Vice President is Chairman of the Scholarship Committee.

American Theatre Organ Society membership is a requirement for all regular Sierra Chapter members. Anyone who is not a member of the American Theatre Organ Society may support the chapter by joining as a Friend of Sierra Chapter. Friends receive the chapter newsletter and attend chapter meetings but do not enjoy other benefits of regular membership.

Sierra Chapter, American Theatre Organ Society was organized as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation on October 17, 1968 and is recognized as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and Section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.

Donations made to Sierra Chapter are tax deductible and greatly appreciated.


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