Monthly Archives September 2017

Ray Cornils and the American Guild of Organists

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils and the American Guild of Organists’ 2014 National Convention Since 1896, the American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been promoting awareness and appreciation for organ and choral music and has fostered a thriving community of organists and choral singers throughout the U.S. The AGO National Convention, occurring every two years, is the centerpiece of the organization’s work, which requires four years of planning by a team of dedicated AGO members. As part of his commitment to his craft, Ray Cornils has been an active member of the AGO since
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Introducing Portland’s 11th Municipal Organist

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: 19 September 2017   The Tradition Lives On: James Kennerley – Portland’s 11th Municipal Organist   Portland, ME — Municipal Organist is a phrase that symbolizes a strong relationship between government and the arts – a relationship that is becoming more scarce each year. It’s a title so rare, only two cities in the U.S. have such a position: San Diego, California and our own Portland, Maine. This year, the City of Portland renews its commitment to continuing the legacy of the Municipal Organist with the appointment of James Kennerley. Mr. Kennerley will be the City’s
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Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ In 1956 organist John Weaver sat at the console of the Kotzschmar Organ for the first time. This began an unbroken 50-year run of John Weaver performances on the Kotzschmar organ, the longest performance streak of any musician on Portland’s famed instrument. Ray Cornils, who retires from his position as Municipal Organist on December 31st of this year, remembers Mr. Weaver’s performances fondly. “John Weaver’s annual concert was always a highlight for me. He has a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to
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