Walt Strony

Walter Strony is one of America's Premiere concert organists. He made his public debut in 1974 at the age of 18 and has since established himself in both theater and classical organ circles. Mr. Strony has performed hundreds of concerts from coast to coast in the United States and in Japan, Australia, England and Canada. In addition, he has performed at many conventions of the American Theater Organ Society and the American Guild of Organists. In 1991 and in 1993, he was given the honored title, "Organist of the Year" by the American Theater Organ Society, the first and only organist ever to twice receive this award.

He has made many recordings which have received rave reviews. As an author, he is well known in organ circles for his recent book entitled, "The Secrets of Theater Organ Registration", which has already become the standard reference book on this subject. In addition, Mr. Strony is a consultant in the design and the tonal finishing of both pipe and digital organs. Walt spent three days regulating the Plummer Organ, that is, making sure that the loundess of the ranks of pipes from the quietest to the loudest are uniformly incrementally lounder from quietest to loudest. He is also a composer of organ and choral music.

Walt Strony was born in Chicago in 1955 and began music lessons at the age of seven. His theater organ teacher was the famous Chicago organist, Al Melgart, who, for many years, was the staff organist at the Chicago Stadium. His classical studies were with Herbert L. White and Karel Paukert. This well-rounded musician brings a wealth of experience to any organ console which has brought to him the reputation of being one of America's most origial and interesting sounding concert organists. One reviewer noted that "While looking respecfully backwards to the masters of the theater organ tradition, he manages to look forward with a refreshing approach in all of his musical arragements. It is a style that is inventive, harmonically interesting and, above all, right for today."

Last Update: October 24, 1998

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