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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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From the Municipal Organist — Summer 2016

This May, over 600 fourth through sixth grade students came to Merrill Auditorium for our annual Meet the King of Instruments Concert. Students heard a variety of music and genres from Bach’s Little Fugue in g minor and Vierne’s Carillon de Westminster to Nigel Ogden’s Penguin’s Playtime (with accompanying videos which captured the antics of those furry arctic creatures) and John Williams’ Theme to Jurassic Park. Two high school students, Sophie Blair and Seamus Gethicker, were also featured organists in this 45-minute exploration of the organ. The use of a video screen, a camera on the console, and a number
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From the President — Summer 2016

As of this writing, I am still President of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ but you will probably read this after I have stepped down and Tom Cattell will have been installed as my successor. After three years as president, I am glad to turn the reins over to an able compatriot. But I am leaving with some wistfulness. This has been a remarkable run for me. The organ represents, for me, the highest exemplification of musical performance in the development of western culture. I recently visited the Harvard Museums with the Portland Museum of Art and while there,
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From the Executive Director — Summer 2016

As FOKO celebrates its 35th year, I reflect on the time that I have spent in Maine and with this organization. My first Kotzschmar experience was John Scott’s performance on a blustery winter evening in 2003. I had had the privilege of working with John while I was employed by VocalEssence and singing with the Ensemble Singers in Minneapolis, under the direction of Philip Brunelle. There were over 700 people in the audience and I was astounded by the support and caring of this instrument — not to mention that I was blown away by its grandeur and beauty. Peter and
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Young FOKO Docent Wins ATOS Competition

Seamus Gethicker was announced today as the winner of the American Theatre Organ Society’s (ATOS) Young Theatre Organist Competition: Seamus is currently a student of Ray Cornils for classical organ and Jonathan Ortloff for theatre organ. He has received numerous scholarships from the Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Young Organist Collaborative and is an active member of the Pine Tree and Eastern Massachusetts Chapters of the American Theater Organ Society. He also leads tours of the mighty Kotzschmar Organ as a docent for FOKO. Seamus, a student at Morse High School in Bath, Maine, was one of three finalists chosen to compete
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Open Executive Director Position – June 2016

Employment Opportunity: Executive Director Position – June 21, 2016 Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and ChoralArt embarked on a collaboration for the benefit of both organizations in 2014. As agreed by their respective Boards, FOKO and ChoralArt share an Executive Director (as well as Administrative Assistant, office space and equipment, and generally work with the same outside consultants). Click the link below to navigate to the FOKO Employment page to access the full job description and application details. FOKO Employment Page
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