Young FOKO Docent Wins ATOS Competition

Seamus Gethicker was announced today as the winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) Young Theatre Organist Competition:

Seamus is currently a student of Ray Cornils for classical organ and Jonathan Ortloff for theatre organ. He has received numerous scholarships from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Young Organist Collaborative and is an active member of the Pine Tree and Eastern Massachusetts Chapters of the American Theater Organ Society. He also leads tours of the mighty Kotzschmar Organ as a docent for FOKO.

Seamus’ interest in pipe organs began at age 9, when he attended a Magic of Christmas concert at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine and first witnessed the mighty Kotzschmar Organ played by Ray Cornils. It was love at first sight.American Theatre Organ Society Website

Seamus, a student at Morse High School in Bath, Maine, was one of three finalists chosen to compete at the ATOS 2016 Annual Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The other finalists were Richie Gregory and Luke Staisiunas.