WALTER STRONY, one of America’s premier concert organists, made his public debut in 1974 at the age of 18 and has since established himself as one of few organists equally at home playing both theatre and classical organ. He has performed hundreds of concerts from coast to coast in the United States as well as in Japan, Australia, England, and Canada. He has performed at many conventions of the American Theatre Organ Society and the American Guild of Organists. He is the only living theatre organist to have been twice voted “Organist of the Year” by the American Theatre Organ Society – in 1991 and 1993.
In addition to his fine reputation as a concert organist, Mr. Strony is well known for his many recordings. His first CD, “Phoenix,” was awarded the highest rating ever given by CD Review. Similar acclaim has come from publications such as Theatre Organ, Keyboard World, and Cinema Organ for his other 24 CDs.
He is well known in theatre organ circles for his book “The Secrets Of Theatre Organ Registration.” As a pipe and digital organ consultant, he is in great demand across the country and around the world. His most recently completed pipe organ project is the 4/60 Wurlitzer in the Aveni Music Room in Gates Mills, Ohio, the fourth largest theatre pipe organ in the world!
Walter Strony was born in Chicago in 1955, and began music lessons at the age of seven. His theatre organ teacher was the famous Chicago organist Al Melgard, who for many years was the Staff Organist at the Chicago Stadium. His classical studies were with Herbert L. White and Karel Paukert. After living in the Phoenix area for 22 years, Mr. Strony relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1999. He was organist at Roxy’s Pipe Organ Pizzeria in the Fiesta Casino, Las Vegas during its entire run, and is currently organist at First Christian Church, Las Vegas.
His hobbies are traveling, fine dining, and collecting Art Deco items.