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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 2012 we elected our officers for the next two years. They are:
  Phil Gray, President
  Bill Rowland, Vice President
  Phil Judkins, Vice President
  Wes Eaton, Vice President
  Paula Hackler, Secretary
  Joyce Hatchett, Treasurer
  Carolyn Craft, Program Chairman

(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. We promote the school's organ teaching program and concerts, which are open to the public. Our educational outreach includes bringing school children to Central High or TTC for a theatre organ experience. 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 let us know.

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


Past, Present, and Future Sooner State ATOS Events


Here's what we are doing !


On January 17th we again screened a great silent movie, the 1923 classic "Safety Last" 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 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 28 we once again featured our own Carolyn Craft with one of her signature showcase programs. Carolyn is a very accomplished theatre organist and provided a pleasing program for our patrons. She also featured pianist Dr. Joyce Bridgeman of Oral Roberts University in some great duets.

 

And on April 18th, Bill Rowland returned to provide duets with the mighty 1928 theatre pipe organ and a player piano with rolls helping to re-live the great old sounds of the 1920s and earlier.

 

Our "Silent Movie Night" was May 16th. We showed three "two-reelers" from the silent film era, two comedies and a Western, accompanied by Lynda Ramsey, Bill Rowland, and special guest organist Dennis Scott on our vintage piano and mighty theatre pipe organ. And as always, we had a sing-a-long with lyric slides of well-known songs from that era.
 

 (We did not have a meeting in June due to the cancellation of a guest artist.)

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 will be our Silent Movie Night again, this time featuring the 1927 movie "It" featuring Clara Bow and accompanied our our theatre pipe organ.

 

December is, as always, our Christmas Party for our members and invited guests. Watch your mail for details!


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