Mark Herman is one of America’s busiest theatre organists, performing over 30 concerts and silent film presentations each year across the US and abroad. In 2012, he was named the American Theatre Organ Society’s Organist of the Year and is the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious honor. Previously, he was overall winner of the Society’s Young Theatre Organist Competition in 2004.
He studied theatre organ with the late John Ferguson of Indianapolis, who was recognized worldwide for his skills teaching the art of the theatre organ. His classical piano studies were with Christine Freeman of Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts/Management from DePaul University in Chicago.
Mark has been featured on several episodes of American Public Media’s Pipedreams program, and has performed for countless conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society, American Guild of Organists, and Organ Historical Society. On the international stage, he has toured in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he is President and Tonal Director of the Los Angeles Organ Company, the Allen Organ dealer for the Greater Los Angeles Area. He is in demand as a voicing specialist and tonal consultant for Allen Organs and is proud to be an Allen Artist, showcasing new Allen Organs in the US and beyond. He oversees the care of several notable theatre pipe organs and consults on instruments nationally. Los Angeles Organ Company oversees the installation and care of organs with hundreds of institutional and private clients throughout the west coast.
Clark Wilson, a native of Ohio, began musical training at age nine. Growing up, he accompanied numerous stage musicals, was organist at several churches, and listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest and Men of Achievement. He has Life Member status in the International Tri-M Music Honor Society and is listed in Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals.
Following several years with the Schantz Organ Company as a reed voicer and tonal finisher, his professional playing career began at Pipe Organ Pizza in Milwaukee, WI. He has been on the playing staffs at Paramount Music Palace, Indianapolis, IN and Pipes and Pizza, Lansing, IL. He is on the organ staff at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, AZ where he assisted with the planning and installation of the world’s largest Wurlitzer organ.
Clark has recorded seven albums, played for the 1990 Organ Historical Society convention, and several ATOS National and Regional conventions. He has given a series of highly lauded workshops for young people’s Pipe Organ Encounters. He is one of the finest practitioners of the art of silent picture scoring and is a visiting lecturer on theatre organ and photoplay accompaniment at Indiana University organ department, and is working with the Oklahoma University, setting up a picture scoring program.
“2011 American Theatre Organ Society Organist of the Year”
Dave Wickerham has performed at our Manasota Theatre Organ Society concerts many times. At the end of each concert we are pretty sure that he pulled every stop, hit every key, and tap-danced atop every foot-pedal on our famous Wurlitzer. Unlike the man behind the curtain in Oz, this Wizard knows exactly ‘how this thing works’! And his repertoire is so vast that he can endlessly play delightful medleys from just about any list of songs you can come up with.
Dave also enjoys recording and has recently “sold out” his fourth CD “Sounds of Music” recorded on the famous 5 Manual, 80 Rank Theatre Organ at the Sanfilippo Residence in Barrington, IL. There are several NEW recording projects that are soon to be completed and released.
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 Community 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
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.