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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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Photos from Orgelfest16

Orgelfest16 concluded last night… …and though we’re sad to see summer ending we can’t wait for the opening of our 2016-17 season on Tuesday, September 20, 2016! But before we go Krazy ‘Bout Kotzschmar, here are some photos of the four immense organ talents that graced the stage at Merrill Auditorium this past month: Aug. 2 — Frederick Swann Aug. 9 — Dave Wickerham, Theater Organist Aug. 16 — Katelyn Emerson Aug. 23 — Ray Cornils & Kotzschmar Festival Brass Aug. 24, 2016  
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The reviews are in for Orgelfest16!

Orgelfest16 opener showcases masterful playing of Frederick Swann Portland is one of the 85-year-old organist’s last stops before he ends touring. On the Kotzschmar, a local organist whose star is rising Katelyn Emerson of York plays a program on ‘War and Peace’ at Orgelfest. Organist Ray Cornils delivers power of many kinds The municipal organist shined on light-hearted works from Rawsthorne and Langlais.  
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A Brief History of the Centennial Renovation — Summer 2016

The Centennial Festival. In the days leading up to the Centennial Anniversary, FOKO hosted a spectacular week long festival of concerts, master classes, and exhibitions to celebrate the Centennial of the Kotzschmar Organ. The Festival concluded on August 22, 2012 with a Gala Dinner and Concert on the day of the Centennial. Merrill Auditorium was filled to the rafters with music lovers joining in the festivities, hearing performances by a procession of luminaries. At the close of the concert, the lights inside the organ were turned on, and the entire staff of Foley-Baker, Inc. marched onstage wearing hardhats and carrying
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FOKO’s New Board Members — Summer 2016

David Peter Kirstein, lives in Scarborough with Linda, his spouse. They have three grown children and two grandchildren who live in Portland. They enjoy international travel, gardening and photography. David is a retired biomedical research administrator. A graduate of Bates College (BS) and Villanova University (MS) he spent 27 years at the Trudeau Institute in Saranac Lake, NY, and 6 years at USM. He has served as a FOKO docent since 2010 and has volunteered in the FOKO office to support Kathy and the past three administrative assistants with clerical and editing projects. Other charities and activities have occupied David
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