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The Windline.

Here is a page devoted to the first home of our theatre organ!

In 2007 Videographer James Plumlee of the Tulsa World made a nine-minute video tour of our organ. You can view it here.

Welcome to the website of the Sooner State Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. We are headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and have our monthly meetings at the Broken Arrow Campus of the Tulsa Technology Center, 129th E. Ave (Olive) and 111th St. Our meetings are at 7:00 on the third Friday of the month, (unless circumstances dictate another date).

In December 2014 we elected our officers for the next two years. They are:
  Bill Rowland, President
  Rudy Geissler, Vice President
  Phil Judkins, Vice President
  Wes Eaton, Vice President
  Paula Hackler, Secretary
  Phil Gray, Treasurer
  Carolyn Craft, Program Chairman
  Joyce Hatchett, Editor/Publisher of the Windline and Membership Chair

(left to right, Gray, Craft, Rowland, Hatchett, Judkins, Hackler, Eaton)

Our chapter owns a 1927 Robert-Morton 3-manual theatre pipe organ (see picture top of page) that we use for our programs. It was originally installed in the Capitol Theatre in Steubenville, Ohio, then by a circuitous route found its way to Tulsa, where we acquired it and got it installed in the new campus at TTC in the 1980s. We also have a rebuilt 1903 Kimball grand piano, donated to us by Don and Dee Miller, that used to preside in the Mayo Hotel in downtown Tulsa.
Our members have also restored the 1927 four manual, forty-five rank Kilgen pipe organ at the Performing Arts Center of Tulsa Central High School. At right is the Central High School console.

Our programs feature some artists from out of the Tulsa area as well as local organists and usually give time for "Open Console" where members and non-members alike can try out the organ.

Please feel free to come by and enjoy our programs, there is no admission charge but donations for organ maintenance and program expenses are appreciated! And, if you would like to subscribe our monthly e-mailed newsletter, the Windline just drop us an email at sscwindline@gmail.com.

Click here to visit the national website for the American Theatre Organ Society.


2014 Sooner State ATOS Events

(Scroll down for newer and upcoming events!)


Our programs on July 15th and 18th were at the historic Circle Cinema movie theater in Tulsa. Our Chapter was asked to put together a special program to help them celebrate their 86th anniversary and the reinstallation of their original Robert-Morton two manual, eight rank theatre pipe organ. Under the leadership of Rudy Geissler, Phil Judkins, Phil Gray, Bill Rowland, and the staff of the Circle Cinema, an outstanding program was developed that included visuals, audio, and the pipe organ accompanying a short silent film and sing-a-long and several organ solos.

Great turnout and fantastic variety music program on August 15th at the German American Society in Tulsa featuring their original installation 1928 Geneva pipe organ and vintage Baldwin grand piano as well as the GAST Blaskapelle band. Thanks to all who participated!

 

On September 19th our program was once again at the Tulsa Technology Center, Broken Arrow campus where we were entertained by local artists Phil Judkins, Sandi Sulander, Bruce Wilkins, Bill Rowland, Carolyn Craft, and Joyce Hatchett, playing our pipe organ and vintage grand piano.

On October 17 we featured Dr. Marvin Faulwell in concert on our pipe organ. Faulwell is an excellent organist from Kansas City who has performed here before and was a big hit with his wonderful playing and repertory.

  

Our November program on the 21st was our Silent Movie Night again, this time featuring the 1927 movie "It" featuring Clara Bow and accompanied our our theatre pipe organ.

 

December was, as always, our Christmas Party for our members and invited guests.

2015 Events!

 

On January 16th we again screened a great silent movie, the 1925 classic "The Freshman" starring Harold Lloyd with Bill Rowland providing the accompaniment on the the mighty theatre pipe organ.

Our February 21 program was quite a treat, also, as we again celebrated our annual Gospel Music Night, with renditions of our favorite Gospel music performed by some of our local performers on the organ, piano, and other instruments.

On March 13, we had another fantastic program as our guest organist was Bob Heil, who thrilled everyone with his wonderful arrangements on the organ and his fascinating history in many endeavors including the only pupil/substitue organist that Stan Kann ever had at the St. Louis Fox!

Our April 17th program was SPRING IS IN THE AIR!
This program featured our local artists playing your
favorite spring songs.  Pictured l to r:

Joyce Hatchett, Paula Hackler, Wes Eaton, Lynda Ramsey, Phil Judkins, Carolyn Craft, and Bill Rowland

 

 

And, in May, you will be able to enjoy our Carolyn Craft Annual Concert on the 15th. Always an enjoyable program, we look forward to hearing what selections she chooses from her vast repertoire.

And on June 19th our annual "Summer Silent Shorts" will feature three two-reel films from the silent era accompanied by Phil Judkins, Bill Rowland, and special guest Dennis Scott who will be visiting from Chicago. Free popcorn and lemonade as always!.


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