From our friends at The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma comes this online, public database of their extensive collection.

The digitizing of the collection is a work in progress, but there are already valuable resources available, such as David Junchen’s papers and Jesse Crawford’s manuscripts, among other items.

Online, free, and available to the public!

Here’s your time travel link. You can relive the 1998 ATOS regional at the Pipedreams Website. The entire program is available for your listening enjoyment. The Barton, the Wurlitzer and the 1928 Skinner at Coe College are featured. Performances by Clark Wilson, Ron Rhode, John Seng, Walt Strony, Dave Peckham and Barry Baker.

What a great night of epic music making, marking the return of our Mighty Wurlitzer to the stage!

Saturday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.  Paramount Theatre


Janice Chandler Eteme, Soprano
Julie Boulianne, Mezzo-Soprano
Chorale Midwest
Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble


WALTON Coronation Te DeumMAHLER Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”)


After the immense damage it suffered during the 2008 flood, “The Mighty Wurlitzer” organ makes its victorious homecoming. The program features Walton’s splendid Te Deum and Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony, which is said to have initiated his lifelong quest to see and portray beauty in the afterlife. With two choruses, two soloists and full orchestra, this colossal performance brings together the largest ensemble ever to appear at the Paramount Theatre.

Learn about the music of each Classical program during Insight, an informative, informal discussion presented by the Orchestra forty-five minutes prior to each concert. Held at the performance venue, Insight welcomes scholars, performers, and special guests who guide patrons through the historical, cultural and personal issues related to that program. 

Insight is free and open to all patrons in attendance. Insight will be held at 6:30 PM.
 - See more at: http://www.orchestraiowa.org/Events/20140301/273/Resurrection-Signature-Symphonic.aspx#sthash.KwOb2FCp.dpuf

Our Rhinestone Barton is featured on the Wikipedia page about Theatre Organs!  We like our consoles with just the right amount of sparkle:

The Rhinestone Barton in December 2013

The Wurlitzer console off house left, ready to blast forth “Joy to the World” with Orchestra Iowa.

The Paramount Theatre’s newly restored Wurlitzer has a cameo this weekend during the Holiday Spectacular concerts.  The console remains hidden but the organ sounds forth along with the full tutti of choir and Orchestra Iowa.  

There’s still time to secure the best seats in the house for the official “Resurrection” of the Paramount’s Mighty Wurlitzer!  And it’s not your typical theatre organ genre - Billie Nalle maybe, but Billy Walton?  We’ll take it!

Something WONDERFUL happened tonight at the Paramount Theatre! This was a private event, just minutes after the re-installation of the organ was completed, and it sounded INCREDIBLE with Clark Wilson showing us what we’ve been missing since 2008!

Something WONDERFUL happened tonight at the Paramount Theatre! This was a private event, just minutes after the re-installation of the organ was completed, and it sounded INCREDIBLE with Clark Wilson showing us what we’ve been missing since 2008!