Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:56

2021 ATOS Convention Is Virtual and Open To All

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The 2021 Convention of the American Theatre Organ Society will be virtual and livestreamed on the Internet July 8 - July 11.

Monday, 01 March 2021 08:37

ATOS Convention News

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The ATOS National Convention has been postponed for 2021 and re-scheduled for 2022.

Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:10

2020 ATOS Convention Postponed

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Convention postponed until 2021

Friday, 19 July 2019 07:37

Orpheum Honor

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The Friends of the Orpheum have placed a brick honoring Pete Knobloch in the Avenue of Stars courtyard outside of the Orpheum Theatre. 

Thursday, 30 May 2019 08:51

FCC Wurlitzer To Be Removed

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We received word last week that First Christian Church intends to remove the Wurlitzer pipe organ from their Fellowship Hall.

Sunday, 12 May 2019 06:52

Phoenix College Pipe Organ Auction

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Phoenix College will be selling the Wicks pipe organ in its Sessions Theatre at auction Saturday May 18 at the MCCCD Surplus Warehouse at 8 am.

Sunday, 28 April 2019 13:14

Pete's Celebration Video

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Here is the video shown at Pete's Celebration of Life.
Monday, 25 February 2019 15:15

Pete Knobloch Passes

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Pete Knobloch passed away the afternoon of February 25th, at the age of 67 due to complications following operations to remove arterial blockages from his legs last week.  

Monday, 09 July 2018 15:27

Why are these guys smiling?

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These VOTS members on the Orpheum stage look mighty happy, don't they?

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 13:41

Madeline's Legacy

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MadelineRedMadeline LiVolsi left us last year, but her dedication to young people and theatre organ lives on.

Sunday, 18 March 2018 07:51

Don Story Passes

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Don Story, a founding member of VOTS in 1963, passed away this week in Tucson at the age of 75.

Friday, 05 January 2018 11:41

Brett Valliant To Play Silent Sundays

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We're excited to announce that Brett Valliant will be taking over the Wurlitzer organ console for our next Silent Sundays.

Monday, 26 June 2017 10:18

Phx College Restoration

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Work is continuing on the Phoenix College Wurlitzer restoration project. 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 10:34

Convention Update

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Going to the ATOS National Convention in Tampa in July? 

Monday, 08 May 2017 08:22

Phoenix Boy's Choir Uses Organ

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Seeing the Phoenix Boy's Choir perform is always a treat, but the audience at their April 23rd Spring Pops Concert had the additional pleasure of hearing the Phoenix Orpheum Organ accompanying them. 

Monday, 20 March 2017 12:53

Bill Brown Photo Archives

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Last summer, the estate of Bill Brown donated many of Bill's organ related photos and documents to our chapter.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 13:06

Work days at Phoenix College

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Bill Carr, our Phoenix College Wurlitzer Project Crew Chief, has set up work days at the college for this and next month.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:16

It's True

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Last month we reported on Facebook rumors that the beloved Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa was up for sale.

Sunday, 22 January 2017 06:58

Madeline LiVolsi Passes

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Longtime VOTS member, Madeline LiVolsi died the afternoon of January 21st after a prolonged hospitalization. 

Thursday, 05 January 2017 08:00

Organ Stop Pizza Up For Sale

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A posting on that fair and balanced news source, Facebook, claims that Organ Stop Pizza

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 12:58

This & That

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Latest news tidbits

Saturday, 08 October 2016 18:21

Chapter Secretary Resigns

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Long time Valley of the Sun Chapter Secretary Madeline LiVolsi has resigned due to health problems.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 08:19

Blower Installation Progress

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Work on installing the upgraded blower for the Orpheum Wurlitzer continues.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016 13:38

Blowin' In The Wind

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The Orpheum Organ is two steps closer to being playable. 

Friday, 16 September 2016 07:40

Good News / Bad News

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The Bad News is that the Orpheum Organ is still awaiting the installation of its new blower and is silent. 

The membership meeting that was tentatively scheduled for Sunday September 18th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Monday, 15 August 2016 12:24

FilmBar Helps Sponsor Silent Sundays

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FilmBar, Phoenix's true indie film alternative, has agreed to help sponsor Silent Sundays by aiding in the promotion of the events.

Friday, 12 August 2016 15:30

Meet Our Newest Member

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Welcome Amelia Steinbauer, newborn daughter of Lauren and VOTS VP Bradley Steinbauer.

Monday, 08 August 2016 07:49

Tom Fizzell - RIP

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Longtime chapter member and organ crew chief Tom Fizzell passed away late Friday afternoon August 5th after a lengthy battle with PSP

Sunday, 03 July 2016 07:21

Work On New Blower Continues

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Although behind the anticipated completion date, progress is being made on the upgrade to the Orpheum organ's wind system. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 15:24

Phoenix College Contract Signed

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In 2004 our chapter entered into a contractual agreement with the Maricopa Community College District to restore and maintain the Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ installed in the Bulpitt Auditorium of Phoenix College.  Although a great deal of work was done including a beautiful restoration of the console (depicted), the agreement expired

Thursday, 24 December 2015 08:57

Happy Holidays

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From all of us to all of you


Here's Pierre Fracalanza playing The Christmas Song on the Paramount 341 virtual theatre organ through Hauptwerk.


Tuesday, 26 January 2016 18:29

The Year Ahead

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As we're a full month into 2016, this is a good time to talk about what's in store for the coming year.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 18:12

Bill Irwin Passes

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Bill Irwin, well-known organist, pianist, arranger, educator, and Mesa resident passed away February 1st following abdominal surgery. 

Sunday, 21 February 2016 17:23

Stunning Silent Sundays

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Nearly 450 people attended the Silent Sundays Valentine's Day showing of the classic silent film Mantrap.  This is an increase of roughly

Monday, 07 March 2016 13:04

Ch-Changes at the Orpheum

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It's hard to believe, but January 2017 will mark the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the beautifully restored

Friday, 01 April 2016 12:26

Chuck E Cheese's Chain To Install Organs

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Move over Organ Stop Pizza, you've got some competition.  According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal 

Tuesday, 05 April 2016 12:22

Orpheum Organ Relay Upgrade Progressing

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Pete Knobloch has been working diligently preparing to install our upgraded Uniflex relay system in our Orpheum Wurlitzer

Wednesday, 11 May 2016 12:11

Adrian Phillips, Jr - RIP

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Adrian Phillips, Jr passed away April 29th at the age of 92.  As a student at Atlantic City High School, he played the school's

About Us

The Valley of the Sun Chapter (VOTS) was formed in 1958. Our membership is made up of folks just like you, your friends, and family.  The chapter owns the beautiful organ in the Orpheum Theatre and maintains it and other theatre organs in the Phoenix metro area through the active participation and donations of its membership. In addition to the Silent Sundays silent film series, now in its twentieth year, the chapter reaches out to the community with events like our Orpheum Experience for young music students and by partnering with other valley arts organizations. The Valley Of The Sun Chapter of The American Theatre Organ Society is a recognized tax exempt educational and charitable organization under section 501-C-3 of the Internal Revenue Code and is a nonprofit corporation organized in the state of Arizona.


Chapter Officers

President: John Bittner
Vice President: Larry Lathom
Treasurer: Hassell Moores
Secretary: Marco Ramirez
Statutory Agent: Paul Sauerbrey
Member At Large: Ken Iversen
Member At Large: Warren Bechhoefer