The third annual ''Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer'' concert was held on Thursday, December 13, 2012, in the Music Hall Ballroom. Mark Herman, the American Theatre Organ Society's prestigious ''Organist of the Year'' award - the youngest person to have received the honor - performed holiday favorites for an appreciative audience.
Herman was joined by the School for Creative and Performing Arts Children's Chorus. This acclaimed youth choir has performed in each of the Wurlitzer Holiday concerts, as well as with the Cincinnati Pops and Symphony Orchestras.
Herman started playing the piano at the age of four, but switched to the organ when he was five years old. ''I saw that the organ had more keyboards, more buttons and a bigger sound than a piano,'' he said, ''(so) the pipe organ simply had to be even more fun than the piano.'' His talents were recognized in 2004, in competition against organists from the U.S. and England, when he won the ATOS Young Theatre Organist Competition. Herman has performed across the United States and internationally. His specialty has been the Great American Songbook and he likes to incorporate jazz and blues influences in his music.