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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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Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship 2016

2016 Scholarship Recipient Announcement: The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) are pleased to announce that the following young musicians have been awarded with the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship after auditions on Saturday, March 5, 2016: Josie DiPhilippo, 18, of South Portland studying piano with Naydene Bowder Jordan Dube, 20, of Gorham studying clarinet with Thomas Parchman Erin Leach, 18, of East Waterboro studying flute with Kysia Tripp Grace Lee, 15, of Falmouth studying viola with Kimberly Lehmann Emily Licholai, 20, of Brunswick studying flute with Jean Roseblum Morgan Peppe, 13, of Westbrook studying violin with Robert Lehmann Christopher Staknys,
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Concert Review: Metropolis Film with Peter Krasinski 3/6/16

Thanks to everyone who came out to see the epic Metropolis last Sunday with organist Peter Krasinski at the Kotzschmar. We had a great turnout and it is always so exciting to see the support for such a unique art form. (What’s not to love about classic cinema paired with a live, improvised soundtrack by a remarkable organist?) Allan Kozinn reviewed the event for the Portland Press Herald: “[Metropolis is] so intense and action-filled that, apart from an intermission, a player has scant opportunity to regroup between scenes. But Lang’s vivid imagery is packed with cues that Krasinski turned into
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Carol Williams Nov. 17 Concert Press Release

Carol Williams is Ready to Rock the Kotzschmar: San Diego’s Civic Organist Visits Portland’s Municipal Icon (Click here for PDF version of article) Portland, Maine — From Mozart to Al Jolson, “Greensleeves” to “Phantom of the Opera,” organist Dr. Carol Williams is fluent. The British-born concert organist is San Diego’s Civic Organist (the first woman in the world to ever hold that title), and is returning to the Kotzschmar Organ for the first time since its two-year-long, $2.6 million renovation. On Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30pm, Williams will be bringing an invigorated and inspired collection of classics, contemporary tunes, and original compositions
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