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 sixteenth 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 - Bradley Steinbauer
Secretary - Bill Carr
Treasurer - Hassell Moores
Statutory Agent - Pete Knobloch
Member-At-Large - Warren Bechhoefer
Member-At-Large - Ken Iversen