This Week.

Busy, busy, busy!  I’m enjoying these three days at home before my next venture.  I’ll be leaving soon for a professional commitment at the annual A.T.O.S. (American Theatre Organ Society) convention in Providence, R.I. Actually, it’s a beautiful part of the country to visit this time of year.  However, most of my hours will be spent indoors at the Westin Hotel.  That’s the location for the event although folks travel by bus daily to various venues in the general area listening to wonderful organists perform on great theatre organ installations.
The people attending are in quite a unique group…completely enthralled with the vintage sound of the theatre pipe organ.  It’s their life!  Needless to say, nostalgia abounds at these shows.  I sometimes feel I’m part of a movie setting from the turn of the last century at these things.  But all participants are respectful to the artists and quite caught up with the magic of the moment.  They are always an exceptionally appreciative audience.
I also will be playing on a digital….yes, I said digital….console organ, the Roland Atelier 900.  Now this might sound a bit absurd, but the reality is simple.  The vast majority of theatre organ aficionado’s (most of whom are musicians themselves) can only dream about the prospect of owning the real thing.  Frankly, the best they can hope for is the opportunity to participate in an “open console” session at a local theatre housing a credible instrument.  But an electronic home version of this scenario is doable.  Here is where technology saves the day.  Through digital sampling, Roland is able to capture the typical theatre organ voices and make them a viable option for the organist.  The realism of the sound quality is quite impressive….and of course, tuning is never an issue. 
For these reasons, it is appropriate to display an alternative to the fabulous theatre pipe organ.  It strikes me that it is time for the traditionalists to learn about and perhaps accept the fact that they can retrieve their favorite theatre organ effects on a digital organ.  I plan on presenting an informative short program on the Roland which introduces this concept to the participants.  I feel that this revelation will be well-received and appreciated.  My posture with the group will be one of entertainer and instructor.  But most of all, my goal is to establish an atmosphere of product understanding and acceptance from the attendees.  As the saying goes, “information is the key to success”.  Whether a digital organ would suit the musical needs of those attending the convention is not the issue…….being knowledgeable about the subject is.  And that is my goal.
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Look forward to seeing you in Providence, RI
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Volare!  It’s more than a song title from the ’60s.  Now it’s also a music learning program!  Actually, the name came to me after thinking about the intent and substance of the program I’ve created.  You know, after traveling for so many years as part of the promotional aspect of major organ manufacturers, I realize there are a number of amateur and semi-professional musicians out there who are looking to improve their skills.  Some of them want to enhance their playing ability…give it a fresh feel.  Others seem to want genuine revision to what they have been playing for many years.  But everyone has one thing in common.  They seek an avenue, a game plan, that will make their music sound better.  For most musicians, including me, this desire in never-ending.
Soon I will be departing for northern CA to begin the Volare seminar tour.  We begin in Santa Rosa on June 8+9, then San Jose on the 10+11.  The data that will be covered is meant to enhance one’s performance capability through expanding knowledge of harmonic and melodic techniques making them sound more advanced.  Also being presented will be extra playing tips I’ve acquired through the years which will be passed on to the participants.  Plus, I promise the interaction between the attendees will be a lot of fun!
The beauty of Volare is that regardless of whether you are playing Pipe Organ, Theatre Organ, an older manual organ, electric organ or a new state of the art digital organ, you will benefit from the knowledge you gain from this program.  We even anticipate members of the American Theatre Organ Society, ATOS to be in attendance at some of the seminars.
After completing the west coast engagements, the Volare tour progresses to other locations throughout the U.S.  If you’re interested in knowing more, please e-mail me at  I’d love to hear from you.  In the meantime, visit my website at
Bye for now…..Rosemary
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Good news!  I have been confirmed as an artist at the 2011 American Theater Organ Society national convention.  My role is to provide insight and demonstration of the Roland digital organ.  This annual function will be held in Providence, RI. at the downtown Westin Hotel.  The dates are June 30th — July 4th.  For many years the volunteers and contributors of ATOS have worked tirelessly to maintain theater pipe organ installations throughout the country.  The effort is huge in that many of these instruments are either vintage or have not been serviced adequately through the years.  So the necessity of having a small army of dedicated technicians who spend a copious amount of time making sure the console, wiring and pipes themselves are in working order is absolutely crucial.


The chapter hosting the event is EMCATOS (Eastern Massachusetts chapter of ATOS) and the four-day convention will feature various famous theater organists performing in the general area.  Reservations show some 600 people attending ready to listen to their favorite players.  So you may ask what pertinence the Roland Atelier organ has in this environment.  Good question…..


With the passing of time, traditional theater organs have seen their hay day being integrated into some of the most prestigious venues in the world.  Their sound is utterly unique, created by thousands of vertical pipes being activated by the rely system emanating from the organ console.  Acquiring the organ itself is a very costly undertaking plus maintenance issues are sometimes prohibitive.  However, though rare, these complex, elaborate installations do appear in large homes.  There is truly no substitution for a situation of this caliber but there now is a “second best”, more doable solution for those folks craving theater organ instrumentation.  It is the Roland Atelier organ which features digitally sampled theater organ ranks.  Although these registrations are only one facet of this instrument, the variety and combination of theater organ sounds make the Atelier organ a satisfying more practical replacement for the real thing.


My mission at the convention will be to present and educate the attendees on technology that makes it possible to virtually replicate voicing typical of the theater pipe organ.  I’ll also be performing at their gala banquet on Sunday evening.  This will be fun.  I anticipate the majority of people interested in knowing more about this subject will be genuinely impressed with the realism emanating from the Roland organ.


I can’t wait.  For more information about this year’s ATOS convention, please log onto


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Some understanding about Organs

I use the term Theatre Organ or Pipe organ on a regular basis.  I have been asked recently what the differences are between the two or if there are differences.  There are a occasions that I do performances on both types of organs as well as the new Roland Atelier among others.  I hope that this explanation helps you understand the different types of organs on the market and the different types of organs I play on a regular basis around the country.

“theater pipe organ”; “theatre pipe organ”; “theater organ”; “theatre organ”===originally meaning a multi-manual organ powered by bellows powering the organ with leads to large chambers housing various sizes of pipes, usually high up to the right and left of the console.  These are connected by relay wires attached to the various rows (ranks) of pipes.  The shorter and more slender the pipe, the higher and thinner the pitch.  The problem is tremendous maintenance and venue issues.  After the “talkies” came in, folks wanted to view movies, not just listen to organ music so the installations…with few exceptions…went silent and neglected for a number of years.  However, gradually enthusiasts volunteered to resurrect the organs, even enhancing the tonal variety by combining ranks from different instruments.  In other words, those that were in utter disrepair became part of other more sustainable situations.

The bottom line is that today there are some 150 theater organs in working order….many in the Bay area (Redwood City, the Castro, etc.)  There is a group of followers who travel for hours to attend an event involving an artist playing a theater pipe organ.  Their national association is the ATOS, American Theater Organists Society.  These folks are exuberant in their desire and devotion to the theater piped organs still in existence.  Nowadays, some of the sound creation is actually retrieved from electronic means.  For example, the Fullerton (CA) Theater console has integrated a small Roland bank of sound tablets into the registration area…very unobtrusive, but still it’s there, I’ve played on it.  For many years this would be a sacrilege but people are beginning to understand that the life span of these organs is growing near its end and preservation of the sound they love is crucial.

I am going to go on to more information in the following blogs about how I became involved in this industry and how each organ is different. 


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