Monthly Archives August 2014

AGO Convention a Big Hit

The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ (KO) in Portland City Hall’s Merrill Auditorium will open its second century on September 27. Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) wanted to make sure that the news of this major event had the widest possible spread. What better way to get this information out than visiting directly with over 2000 organists, musicians and organ lovers from all over the globe at one time and in one place! FOKO partnered with David E. Wallace and Co. to share a display booth at the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Convention in Boston for a week this past
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From the Executive Director — Fall 2014

FOKO was well represented at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Boston this year. Ray Cornils served as chair of this massive event, Elsa Geskus chaired the workshops and John Bishop, Ray, David Wallace and I presented workshops. This was my first AGO Convention and I wore several hats; one as FOKO’s Executive Director, as an exhibitor for FOKO, another as a voice instructor presenting a workshop about the importance of healthful vocal production for church choirs and yet another as mover of FOKO education materials, keyboards for workshops and hauling K.J. home after his week in Boston.
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From the President — Fall 2014

We are approaching the end of the dark period for the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ (KO). In September, after 2 years away, and a complete renovation, our remarkable instrument will be back in Merrill Auditorium prepared to astound and uplift audiences for another 100 years. I think back to the first time I heard a great pipe organ. I was a freshman at Columbia in New York in 1956. A senior music major on my dormitory floor asked me if I were going to hear Virgil Fox inaugurate the great organ at Riverside Cathedral. I was clearly interested in music, having
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Portland’s Mighty Kotzschmar Memorial Organ Prepares for Comeback

Sept. 27 will mark the historic organ’s triumphant return to its home in Merrill Auditorium. In September, the mighty Kotzschmar Organ in Portland’s Merrill Auditorium will make its triumphant return to its home after a two-year out-of-hall renovation costing $2.5 million. It will be a historic, joyous occasion. The Kotzschmar was donated to the city of Portland in 1912 by Cyrus H.K. Curtis, in honor of his music teacher Hermann Kotzschmar, and was at the time the largest concert organ in the Western Hemisphere. One of the first municipal organs, it was followed by hundreds more in American cities large
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