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Ray Cornils Retirement Announcement

Ray Cornils Announces His Retirement as Municipal Organist and Minister of Music of First Parish Church Ray Cornils will be retiring from his position as Minister of Music of First Parish Church, UCC in Brunswick, ME on August 31, 2017 and as Municipal Organist for the City of Portland effective December 31, 2017. During his career, Mr. Cornils has been an exemplary champion of the transformative power of music through his enthusiasm for arts education, music appreciation, and performance throughout Southern Maine. As Minister of Music at First Parish Church for over 30 years, Mr. Cornils built an extensive multi-generational
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Ray Cornils last summer concert on Kotzschmar Organ

Organist Ray Cornils ready for last official summer concert on Kotzschmar Organ Others scheduled to perform this summer at Orgelfest 17 include Monica Czausz, Nathan Avakian and Mormon Tabernacle organist Richard Elliott. “As Portland’s municipal organist for the last 27 years, Ray Cornils has taught thousands of people about the power of the mighty Kotzschmar Organ. He’s demonstrated the incredible range of its 7,101 pipes by playing it, and he’s explored its 105-year-history hundreds of times through pre-concert lectures and with periodic organ tours. But the whole time Cornils was teaching Mainers about their treasured Kotzschmar Organ, the impressive instrument
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Photos from Kids & Kotzschmar 2017

Thank you… …to our performers — Ray Cornils and youth organist guests: Seamus Gethicker and Marshall Joos and all of the FOKO docents and volunteers that helped make the pre-concert activities happen  — also to all who explored, experienced and encountered the Kotzschmar Organ! Please enjoy these wonderful photos from this year’s event, courtesy of Russ Burleigh and Elsa Geskus. March 5, 2017    
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11th Municipal Organist Search Begins

On January 3, 2017, FOKO announced the part-time position of 11th Municipal Organist for the City of Portland, Maine. The Municipal Organist serves as the ambassador of the Kotzschmar Organ for the greater Portland, Maine, community and is one of only two municipal organist positions in the United States. The application deadline is February 28, 2017. Five finalists will be chosen by April 1, 2017, and will then be invited for live auditions and interviews. The winner of the auditions will be selected by July 1, 2017. Duties include concerts, selection of guest artists, membership on committees, some administrative duties,
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Photos from Christmas with Cornils 2016

Thank you… …to our performers — Musica de Filia, Jaye Churchill, the Parish Ringers, Kotzschmar Festival Brass, and of course, Ray Cornils — and our patrons for another amazing concert! Please enjoy these wonderful photos from this year’s event, courtesy of Russ Burleigh.   Mark your calendars now for next year’s Christmas with Cornils: December 19, 2017  
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