Welcome to the Free State Theatre Organ Society's Web Site. Home of Theatre Organ information in the city of Baltimore, Maryland, and the surrounding areas. Please browse our pages and the links to other sites to learn more about the theatre organ.

Rice Auditorium, the home of our future Theatre Pipe Organ. This is the Wurlitzer console that will control the 19 rank organ. At present it controls a virtual pipe organ with resources of 50 ranks!
You can hear this organ from the organ story page.

Our Mission

The Free State Theatre Organ Society is working to preserve and perpetuate a class of pipe organ which was born out of the industrial revolution and the development and deployment of electricity, which resulted in an orchestral period of pipe organ building that began filling a need to provide music for the film industry and later part of live radio broadcast.  To meet this task we are restoring and installing a pipe organ in Rice Auditorium located on the campus of Spring Grove Hospital Center. We are sponsoring a concert series open and free to the public. We provide musical events for patients and staff of SGHC. We provide free and open access to the organ for the opportunity to experience the unique abilities of these instruments to make music. Nowhere in Maryland or the surrounding states is there this kind of access to one of these instruments.

Care to make a donation?

The Free State Theatre Organ Society is a 501 (C) (3) organization. Your gifts may be tax deductible. Please consider making a gift to the society. Gifts may be made to the General Fund or to a specific project. We plan to identify one of these soon. But for now you may mail your gifts to our Treasurer listed in the Contact information or present them to any of our officers at a concert or on our Tuesday work sessions. Donations should be made out to the Free State Theatre Soc., Inc.

We have also received bequest through people's wills. Please consider a donation in that form.

Thank you for your consideration.

Contact Information

Buddy Boyd
3212 Keswick Road
Balto. MD. 21211

Vice President
Jack Webb
8820 Walther Blvd.Apt 3314
Parkville, MD. 21234-9050

Bernie Kuder
13333 Redcoat Lane
Phoenix, MD 21131-2111

Charles Kokoski
4504 Maple Avenue
Halethorpe, MD 21227

Free State Theatre Organ Society, Inc.
4504 Maple Avenue
Halethorpe, MD 21227
Telephone (Tuesday only) 410-402-7811


Board of Directors
Buddy Boyd 410-369-6345
Pete D Anna 410-987-1334
Bernie Kuder 410-592-5785
Charlie Kokoski 410-247-1296
Don Niehaus 410-242-4244
Jack Webb
Hilar Ilves
Stan Hendricks


Committee Chairmen
Program - Pete D’Anna 410-987-1334
Hospital Liaison - Buddy Boyd 410-369-6345
Membership - Bernie Kuder 410-592-5785
Organ Crew Chief - Buddy Boyd  410-369-6345, Bernie Kuder  410-592-5785
Publicity -TBD
Newsletter -
Refreshments - Shirley Wolf
Library - Shirley Wolf,
Website Manager - Buddy Boyd 410-369-6345


410-402-7811 (Tuesdays only or for a recorded message)


Postal address

Free State Theatre Organ Society, Inc
4504 Maple Ave.
Halethorpe, Maryland


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Last modified: 02/24/14




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