Nathan Avakian is the 2009 overall winner of the ATOS Young Theatre Organist Competition. He began formal organ studies with Donna Parker at age 11 and has been frequently coached by Jonas Nordwall, his fascination with the theatre organ began at age 4. His mission is to showcase the versatility of the theatre organ by playing music from a wide variety of eras and styles. Nathan hopes to promote interest in the theatre organ among people of all ages to ensure that the instrument is preserved and kept alive for future generations. In addition to his experience as an organist, Nathan is a skilled theatre technician and musical theatre performer. He is currently the Youth representative on the ATOS Board.