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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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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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