Workshop around the restoration of the famous Boardwalk Organs in Atlantic City
Nathan Bryson, curator of the gigantic Midmer-Losh organ, is inviting ISO organbuilders to a workshop of discovery and hands-on restoration of the famous Boardwalk Organs. The large organ (main auditorium) is the world’s largest musical instrument, the smaller instrument (Adrian Phillips Theater) is one uniquely suited to the interpretation of silent film. This is a unique opportunity to plunge in the world of the early 20thC American organbuilding.
Because some of the attendees will travel from Europe, it was felt that that the workshop would need to be substantial enough to justify the time commitment. Hence the workshop extends to a full week, from Sunday September 29th to Saturday October 5th. The days will alternate between restoration work sessions and visits of nearby relevant organs.
Cost: $400 per attendee which includes transportation, meals as noted and all materials. For keeping people's travel more flexible hotel is cost is treated separately. The workshop organization was able to secure a $89/night.rate at the local Sheraton hotel
Please register your interest as soon as possible with Patricia Reul at email@example.com
If you would like to participate but are unable to make these dates, please let us know.
Arrival at the Sheraton Hotel. Breakfast will be included on the room rate.
Rate will be dependent upon number of registrants but should be within $100-$140 US Dollars per night, single occupancy.
Late morning welcome at Boardwalk Hall
Lunch at Boardwalk Hall
Tour of both organs in small groups
Work day in the organ restoration shop. Small groups will work at various stations (including working in organ
chambers, the organ workshop, demonstration of unusual pipes, double languid pipes and other curiosities).
The intent is practical, hands-on experience with organ pipes and mechanisms, involvement in the actual projects
the restoration team is working on at the time.
• 10:30 AM - Christ Church Fisk: http://cbfisk.com/instruments/opus_150
• 1:30 PM - St. Mark’s Church – 1936 Aeolian-Skinner organ
• 3:00 PM - Tour of Wanamaker organ and restoration shop
• 5:00 PM - Dinner on your own
• 7:00 PM - Evening concert at the Wanamaker organ: https://www.wanamakerorgan.com
Transportation to and from Atlantic City will be by train from Atlantic City to Philadelphia 30th Street station. Train tickets will be purchased in advance and are included in the registration. Taxi fare within the city will be on your own, several venues are also within easy walking distance.
Work day in the restoration shop
• 10:00 AM Longwood Gardens: https://longwoodgardens.org/events-and-performances/musicperformanceand-
theater/our-resident-instruments/longwood-organ - Admission to Longwood is included
• Presentation by Jonathan Ambrosino and concert by Peter Richard Conte
• 2:00 PM - Stoneleigh: https://organhistoricalsociety.org/stoneleigh/
• 5:00 PM - Fred Haas residence: 1926 E. M. Skinner organ
Transportation will be by van and is included in the registration.
Optional travel day to American Institute of Organbuilders Convention in Richmond, VA
which starts the following week. (Transportation is not included)