Manasota Chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society

J. Tyson Forker Memorial Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ

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We continue to monitor Covid-19 as it relates to auditorium availability and will update this space if a 2021 Show Season is scheduled.

Society Meetings

Our Manasota Theatre Organ Society is a chapter of the American Theatre Organ Society. In addition to our show-season (January through March) our chapter holds several Society Meetings. They are in October, November, December, and April of each year. We begin at 2:00 PM with light refreshments and socializing. Afterwards, we assemble in the auditorium for a short business-meeting. During this time we discuss theatre pipe organs, performers, and technical aspects. After our meeting we enjoy a free performance by a well-known artist from here in the USA. Because of the more intimate society-meeting setting you can expect to hear more detailed information about the various pieces of music being performed. A real learning experience not to be missed!

Many Thanks to our Featured Artists, and Guest Performers in 2018-2019

That gorgeous instrument up there on stage in the Grace Auditorium (and in the pipe-chambers) is a million dollar mechanical and technical wonder in its own right, but it takes a masterful organist to make it sing. Check out images of artists from previous performances, and also learn some biographical info about each.

Theatre pipe organs are immensely complex. They each require constant maintenance of their components, and vigilance about their ‘voice’.  This one has more bells and whistles (we really have bells and whistles!) than you can shake a stick at. Get an inside-look at how it all works and listen to some sample music.

This modern church was built with the intention of housing a fine pipe organ. So it seems fitting that Grace Church would agree to host our Wurlitzer. We have had a long relationship with this congregation. Have a look around their auditorium.

Support the Theatre Pipe-Organ Art-Form

A great way to support the theatre-organ art-form is through membership in the American Theatre Organ Society. Click the ATOS logo for more info, or visit

You can also choose to support your local ATOS chapter by joining MTOS. A one-year membership is $25 and specifically goes toward our 4-manual, 32-rank Tyson J. Forker Memorial Wurlitzer theatre pipe-organ.

Join us on the third Sunday of each month at 2:00 PM from October through April to hear theatre pipe organ music at its best.  January, February, and March feature paid-concertizing by international organists.

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