Clark Wilson
Silent Film Organist
Silent Film Scoring


"Master of silent film and showman of the first order." - Leonard Maltin

Clark Wilson and the Ohio Theatre's Mighty Morton Theatre Organ in WOSU Public Media's series "Broad & High"

First aired 7/8/2021


Thursday, August 8, 2024  
Friday, August 9, 2024  
Summer Movie Series - Silent Film Show
Ohio Theatre
Columbus, OH
Sunday, August 25, 2024   Film Show Embassy Theatre
Ft. Wayne, IN
Thursday, September 19, 2024   Film Show Lerner Theatre
Elkhart, IN
Sunday, September 22, 2024   Film Show Zion Lutheran Church
Sandusky, OH
Tuesday, September 24, 2024   Film Show Riviera Theatre
N. Tonawanda, NY
Sunday, September 29, 2024   Film Show Blackwood Arts
Blackwood, PA
Saturday, October 5, 2024   Film Show Capitol Theatre
Madison, WI
Saturday, October 19, 2024   Film Show Paramount Theatre
Anderson, IN
Wednesday, October 23, 2024   Film Show East Texas Pipe Organ Festival
Thursday, October 31, 2024   Film Show Disney Concert Hall
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, November 24, 2024   Film Show Lerner Theatre
Elkhart, IN
Friday, November 29, 2024  
Monday, December 2, 2024  
Christmas Carol - live on stage
Ohio Theatre
Columbus, OH


For printable biography and program photos please visit the PUBLICITY section.

A native of Ohio, Clark Wilson began his musical training at age nine. While growing up he accompanied numerous stage musicals and was organist at several churches. At this time he was listed in “Who’s Who in the Midwest” and “Men of Achievement”. He also holds Life Member status in the International Tri-M Music Honor Society and is listed in “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals”.

Following several years with the Schantz Organ Company as a reed voicer and tonal finisher, Clark’s professional playing career began with his appointment to the featured organist post at Pipe Organ Pizza in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has since been on the playing staffs at the Paramount Music Palace in Indianapolis, Indiana, Pipes and Pizza in Lansing, Illinois, and is currently associated with Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Arizona, where he has been on the organ staff as well as having assisted with the planning and installation of the world’s largest Wurlitzer organ.

Clark’s recording credits include seven albums. He has given all-transcription recitals for the AGO, played for the Organ Historical Society conventions, and performed at numerous National and Regional conventions of the ATOS, as well as giving a series of highly lauded workshops for young people’s Pipe Organ Encounters. Considered one of the finest practicioners of the art of silent picture scoring, he has also been a visiting lecturer on Theatre Organ and photoplay accompaniment for the Indiana University organ department. He developed curriculum and was appointed to the organ faculty at the University of Oklahoma's Organ Department, where he taught applied theatre organ lessons, silent film scoring, and the history of the American theatre organ. He has concertized in the United States, Canada, Australia, and England, and done extensive silent film accompaniment, including at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, the Packard Foundation’s Stanford Theatre, UCLA, and the Fox Theatre for the Atlanta premier of the restored “Metropolis”. He plays a silent picture annually on the organ series at LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, has scored for Kino International for commercial release, and has performed at both the Cinequest and San Francisco Silent Film Festivals, as well as for the Los Angeles Conservancy. Since 1992 Clark has served as Resident Organist and organ conservator at the famed Ohio Theatre in Columbus, Ohio (for the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts) and was chosen by them to repremier the renowned Chicago Theatre Organ on a bill that included him accompanying popular singer Michael Feinstein. He also headed the professional crew that began restoration on the Chicago’s landmark Wurlitzer for CAPA.

Along with a busy concert schedule, Wilson runs his own pipe organ business and is heavily in demand as a tonal consultant and finisher of both theatre and classical pipe organs; he has been given the singular honor of being brought to England multiple times for tonal finishing and consulting. He has received both the Technician of the Year and Organist of the Year awards from the American Theatre Organ Society, the first of only two people to have done so, and his time is now nearly equally divided between concert and technical work. He has been professionally involved with more than 100 organ installations throughout North America and England and has provided consulting and voicing expertise for several different organ companies.

Additional Program

In addition to scoring films, Clark Wilson offers a lecture program of (typically) up to 1 hour in length dealing in depth with the silent films, scoring, movie palaces, and pipe organs. This is a program that can be tailored as to detail and complexity and can be made available to any group of adults, young people, or film and music devotees. It offers an excellent addendum as a Q & A session surrounding a movie presentation or can stand on its own. Additionally, Clark can work to custom provide your audience with exactly what you would like to deal with. Please inquire for more information.

Performing for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Paramount Celebration - 100th anniversary

Clark and Tim Kopaceski (from Disney) at Paramount Pictures' preview of the new Blu-ray/DVD release of WINGS. Taken on the Paramount lot.

Accompanying the Silent Film Robin Hood

Getting ready for the taped interview about the scoring of "Robin Hood"

Some friends getting ready to enter the Academy for the "Robin Hood" presentation
Some links ©A.M.P.A.S.® . Photographs used with permission.

University of Oklahoma

The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma had announced the appointment of J.Clark Wilson to the Music Department staff. Professor Wilson was teaching applied theatre organ lessons, as well as classes in History of the American Theatre Organ, and Silent Picture Scoring. These courses were part of the American Organ Institute's far-reaching vision to cover all types of musical applications for the pipe organ. It was the first time since 1929 that Theatre Organ has been taught on the university level, and it the first time ever for these subjects to be offered as degreed courses.


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Clark Wilson has run a pipe organ business since the 1980s that has been responsible, in whole or in part, for numerous classical and theatrical installations throughout America. In addition, he has worked with other builders and taken on such tasks as the final tonal finishing, or the winding, layout and stop specifications of numerous other instruments. Involved professionally with over 200 pipe organs to date, the following is a partial listing of these jobs. Please inquire for more details.

Arlington Theatre 4/25 Morton Santa Barbara, CA
Auditorium Center 4/22 Wurlitzer Rochester, NY
Avalon Theatre 3/26 Wurlitzer Milwaukee, WI
Babson College 4/18 Wurlitzer Babson Park, MA
Bardavon Theatre 2/12 Wurlitzer Poughkeepsie, NY
Bazetta Christian Church 2/6 Kimball Cortland, OH
Berkeley Community Theatre 4/33 Wurlitzer Berkeley, CA
Casa Loma Castle 4/21 Wurlitzer Toronto, ON
Chicago Theatre 4/27 Wurlitzer Chicago, IL
Church of the Redeemer 2/26 Kimball Kingston, ON
Coronado Theatre 4/17 Barton Rockford, IL
Dickinson High School 3/66 Kimball Wilmington, DE
East Sussex National Golf Course 4/32 Wurlitzer East Sussex, UK
Egyptian Theatre Boise, ID
Eisenhart Auditorium 3/11 Wurlitzer Rochester, NY
Embassy Theatre 4/17 Page Ft. Wayne, IN
First Christian Church - Social Hall 2/12 Wurlitzer Phoenix, AZ
Fox California Theatre 4/20 Wurlitzer San Jose, CA
Fox Theatre - lobby 2/10 Wurlitzer San Jose, CA
Granada Theatre - Closed 3/12 Christie Walthamstow, London, UK
Grand Ledge Opera House 3/20 Barton Grand Ledge, MI
Hardman Studio 4/37 Wurlitzer Great Falls, VA
Houston Community College 3/21 Wurlitzer Houston, TX
Joe Koons Cycle Shop - Closed 3/30 Hybrid Long Beach, CA
Keystone Oaks High School 3/19 Wurlitzer Dormont, PA
London South Bank University 4/22 Wurlitzer London, England, UK
Mesa Organ Stop Pizza 4/80 Wurlitzer Mesa, AZ
Michigan Theatre 3/13 Barton Ann Arbor, MI
New Ritz Ballroom 3/8 Wurlitzer Brighouse, West Yorkshire, UK
Oakland Paramount Theatre 4/26 Wurlitzer Oakland, CA
Ohio Theatre 4/34 Morton Columbus, OH
Organ Piper Pizza 3/27 Wurlitzer/Kimball Greenfield, WI
Oriental Theatre 3/41 Kimball Milwaukee, WI
Paramount Music Palace - Closed 4/42 Wurlitzer Indianapolis, IN
Paramount Theatre 3/12 Page Anderson, IN
Paramount Theatre 3/12 Wurlitzer Cedar Rapids, IA
Private Residence 2/7 Wurlitzer Petersburg, IN
Private Residence 2/8 Morton Fredrick, MD
Private Residence 3/10 Barton Mesa, AZ
Private Residence 3/10 Morton , MI
Private Residence 3/12 Page Lexington, KY
Private Residence 3/12 Wurlitzer/Kimball Palm Springs, CA
Private Residence 3/13 Barton Niles, MI
Private Residence 3/14 Morton Cincinnatti, OH
Private Residence 3/14 Wurlitzer Levittown, PA
Private Residence 3/14 Wurlitzer Urbana, OH
Private Residence 3/19 Wurlitzer/Hybrid New Hope, PA
Private Residence 3/21 Compton Holbeach, UK
Private Residence 3/9 Wurlitzer Columbus, OH
Private Residence 4/26 Morton Wheaton, IL
Private Residence 5/21 Wurlitzer Phoenix, AZ
Redford Theatre 3/10 Barton Detroit, MI
Riverside Theatre 3/14 Wurlitzer Milwaukee, WI
San Gabriel Civic Auditorium 2/16 Wurlitzer San Gabriel, CA
Scottish Rite St. Louis, MO
Singing Hills Golf Club 3/23 Wurlitzer Albourne, East Sussex, UK
Stanford Theatre 3/21 Wurlitzer Palo Alto, CA
Tivoli Theatre 3/10 Wurlitzer Downers Grove, IL
Towe Auto Museum 3/16 Wurlitzer Sacremento, CA
Trenton War Memorial 2/16 Moller Trenton, NJ
Tywyn Town Hall 3/8 Wurlitzer Tywyn, Gwynedd, Wales, UK
Warren Performing Arts Center 3/18 Barton Indianapolis, IN
Ye Olde Pizza Joynt 3/14 Wurlitzer Hayward, CA

Silent Scores

All current scores are original, fresh and historically correct in style for each picture.  No music has been used in more than one score, and several scores are based on originals as released with the films.  In addition, any picture may be scored that you wish by Mr. Wilson.  Please contact for availability.
Mr. Wilson also has a large selection of shorts scored including favorites by Keaton, Arbuckle, Laurel & Hardy, Sennet, Pollard, Chaplin, and Edison.  Please Inquire.
Starring: Stan Laurel  Oliver Hardy 
Plot: Laurel & Hardy shorts 

Putting Pants on Phillip
Starring: Stan Laurel  Oliver Hardy 
Plot: Laurel & Hardy shorts 

That's My Wife
Starring: Stan Laurel  Oliver Hardy 
Plot: Laurel & Hardy shorts 

Two Tars
Starring: Stan Laurel  Oliver Hardy 
Plot: Laurel & Hardy shorts 

A Trip to the Moon (1902)
Directed by: Georges Melies 

Palace of the Arabian Knights (1905)
Directed by: Georges Melies 

Broken Blossoms (1919)
Starring: Lillian Gish  Donald Crisp 
Directed by: D.W. Griffith 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

Cabinet of Dr. Caligary (1920)
Starring: Werner Krauss  Conrad Veidt 
Directed by: Robert Wiene 
Genre: Horror 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
Starring: John Barrymore  Charles Lane 
Directed by: John S. Robertson 
Genre: Horror, Sci-fi 

Camille (1921)
Starring: Rudolph Valentino  Rex Cherryman 
Directed by: Ray C. Smallwood 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

Seven Years' Bad Luck (1921)
Starring: Max Linder   

The Kid (1921)
Starring: Charlie Chaplin  Jackie Coogan 
Directed by: Charlie Chaplin 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 

The Play House (1921)
Starring: Buster Keaton   
Directed by: Buster Keaton 
Genre: Comedy 

Beyond the Rocks (1922)
Starring: Rudolph Valentino  Gloria Swanson 
Directed by: Sam Wood 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

Blood and Sand (1922)
Starring: Rosa Rosanova  Rudolph Valentino 
Directed by: Fred Niblo 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

Nosferatu (1922)
Starring: Max Schreck  Gustav von Wagenheim 
Directed by: F.W. Murnau 
Genre: Horror, Thriller 

Robin Hood (1922)
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks  Wallace Beery 
Directed by: Allan Dwan 
Genre: Adventure, Romance 

Our Hospitality (1923)
Starring: Buster Keaton  Joe Roberts 
Directed by: Buster Keaton 
Genre: Comedy 

Safety Last (1923)
Starring: Harold Lloyd  Mildred Davis 
Directed by: Fred C. Newmeyer 
Genre: Comedy, Action 

The 10 Commandments (1923)
Starring: Theodore Roberts  Charles de Rochefort 
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille 
Genre: Drama, Epic 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Starring: Lon Chaney  Patsy Ruth Miller 
Directed by: Wallace Worsley 
Genre: Horror, Drama 

Three Ages (1923)
Starring: Buster Keaton  Margaret Leahy 
Directed by: Buster Keaton 
Genre: Comedy 

Why Worry? (1923)
Starring: Harold Lloyd   

$20 a Week (1924)
Starring: George Arliss  Ronald Colman 
Directed by: F. Harmon Weight 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 

Girl Shy (1924)
Starring: Harold Lloyd  Jobyna Ralston 
Directed by: Fred Newmeyer 
Genre: Romance, Comedy 

Sherlock, Jr (1924)
Starring: Buster Keaton   
Directed by: Buster Keaton 
Genre: Comedy 

The Last Laugh (1924)
Starring: Emil Jannings  Maly Delschaft 
Directed by: F.W. Murnau 
Genre: Drama 

The Theif of Bagdad (1924)
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks  Snitz Edwards 
Directed by: Raoul Walsh 
Genre: Adventure 

Ben Hur (1925)
Starring: Ramon Novarro  Francis X. Bushman 
Directed by: Fred Niblo 
Genre: Adventure, Epic 

Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Starring: Lon Chaney  Mary Philbin 
Directed by: Rupert Julian 
Genre: Drama, Romance, Horror 

Seven Chances (1925)
Starring: Buster Keaton  T. Roy Barnes 
Directed by: Buster Keaton 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 

Stella Dallas (1925)
Starring: Belle Bennett  Ronald Colman 
Directed by: Henry King 
Genre: Drama 

The Freshman (1925)
Starring: Harold Lloyd  Jobyna Ralston 
Directed by: Fred Newmeyer 
Genre: Comedy 

The Goldrush (1925)
Starring: Charles Chaplin  Mack Swain 
Directed by: Charles Chaplin 
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Adventure 

The Sporting Venus (1925)
Starring: Blanche Sweet  Ronald Colman 
Directed by: Marshall Neilan 
Genre: Romance 

Ella Cinders (1926)
Starring: Colleen Moore   

Kiki (1926)
Starring: Ronald Colman  Norma Talmadge 
Directed by: Clarence Brown 
Genre: Comedy 

The Scarlet Letter (1926)
Starring: Lillian Gish  Lars Hanson 
Directed by: Victor Sjostorm 
Genre: Drama 

The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
Starring: Gary Cooper  Ronald Colman 
Directed by: Henry King 
Genre: Drama, Western, Romance 

Upstage (1926)
Starring: Norma Shearer  Oscar Shaw 
Directed by: Monta Bell 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

IT (1927)
Starring: Clara Bow  William Austin 
Directed by: Clarence Badger 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 

King of Kings (1927)
Starring: H.B. Warner  Dorothy Cumming 
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille 
Genre: Drama, Epic 

Metropolis (1927)
Starring: Alfred Abel  Gustav Frohlich 
Directed by: Fritz Lang 
Genre: Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller 

My Best Girl (1927)
Starring: Mary Pickford  Charles "Buddy" Rogers 
Directed by: Sam Taylor 
Genre: Romance, Comedy 

Seventh Heaven (1927)
Starring: Janet Gaynor  Charles Farrell 
Directed by: Frank Borzage 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

Sunrise (1927)
Starring: George O'Brien  Janet Gaynor 
Directed by: F.W. Murnau 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

The Cat and the Canary (1927)
Starring: Laura LaPlante  Creighton Hale 
Directed by: Paul Leni 
Genre: Horror, Mystery 

The General (1927)
Starring: Buster Keaton  Marion Mack 
Directed by: Buster Keaton 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 

The Kid Brother (1927)
Starring: Harold Lloyd  Jobyna Ralston 
Directed by: Ted Wilde 
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance 

Wings (1927)
Starring: Clara Bow  Charles "Buddy" Rogers 
Directed by: William A. Wellman 
Genre: Adventure, Romance 

A Woman of Affairs (1928)
Starring: Greta Garbo  Douglas Fairbanks, Jr 
Directed by: Clarence Brown 
Genre: Drama 

Pandora's Box (1928)
Starring: Louise Brooks  Fritz Kortner 
Directed by: Georg Wilhelm Pabst 
Genre: Drama, Crime 

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Starring: Buster Keaton  Tom McGuire 
Directed by: Charles Reisner 
Genre: Action, Comedy 

The Cameraman (1928)
Starring: Buster Keaton  Marceline Day 
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick 
Genre: Comedy, Romance 

The Italian Straw Hat (1928)
Starring: Albert Prejean  Geymond Vital 
Directed by: Rene Clair 
Genre: Comedy 

The Man Who Laughs (1928)
Starring: Conrad Veidt  Mary Philbin 
Directed by: Paul Leni 
Genre: Drama, Horror 

The Patsy (1928)
Starring: Marion Davies  Orville Cadwell 
Directed by: King Vidor 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 

The Wind (1928)
Starring: Lilian Gish  Lars Hanson 
Directed by: Victor Sjostrom 
Genre: Drama 

Lucky Star (1929)
Starring: Janet Gaynor  Charles Farrell 
Directed by: Frank Borzage 
Genre: Drama, Romance 

Spite Marriage (1929)
Starring: Buster Keaton  Dorothy Sebastian 
Directed by: Edward Sedgwick 
Genre: Comedy 


Authorized biographies and photos to be used in publicity or programs.
Biographies (MSWord format - Updated March 2024)
Concert Biography
Silent Film Biography

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Ohio Theatre   Photo courtesy of CAPA

Atlanta Fox Theatre

Atlanta Fox Theatre   Photo courtesy of Atlanta Chapter ATOS

Keystone Oaks High School   Photo courtesy of P.A.T.O.S.

Grace Baptist Church

ATOS 2019 Riviera Theatre

Articles / Links

Improvisation in silent film scoring - by Clark Wilson - The American Organist, January 2012

Preservation, Pistons and Performance - by Clark Wilson - Printed in Theatre Organ Magazine


Carlton Smith Pipe Organ Restorations

American Theatre Organ Society

The Bioscope  Reporting on the world of early and silent cinema.

Featured Instruments

Fleisher Residence Wurlitzer

Hardman Studio Wurlitzer

Ohio Theatre's Robert Morton Theatre Organ  (Courtesy of Anthony Fabro)



Listen to "Beautiful Ohio" from Clark's "Intermission" CD.
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