Archives for Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine

Ray Cornils and the Portland Symphony Orchestra

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils and the Portland Symphony Orchestra Outside of its sacred origins, the pipe organ has come to serve many functions for secular music. One in particular was born out of economics. Before audio recordings existed, the only way one could hear the great Classical and Romantic orchestral works was to attend a concert – a not-so-cheap concert. To offer a more affordable option in early 20th century America, municipalities placed organs in public auditoriums, instruments which incorporated pipes that would emulate the sounds of orchestral instruments. This gave venues the
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Ray Cornils and the American Guild of Organists

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils and the American Guild of Organists’ 2014 National Convention Since 1896, the American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been promoting awareness and appreciation for organ and choral music and has fostered a thriving community of organists and choral singers throughout the U.S. The AGO National Convention, occurring every two years, is the centerpiece of the organization’s work, which requires four years of planning by a team of dedicated AGO members. As part of his commitment to his craft, Ray Cornils has been an active member of the AGO since
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Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ In 1956 organist John Weaver sat at the console of the Kotzschmar Organ for the first time. This began an unbroken 50-year run of John Weaver performances on the Kotzschmar organ, the longest performance streak of any musician on Portland’s famed instrument. Ray Cornils, who retires from his position as Municipal Organist on December 31st of this year, remembers Mr. Weaver’s performances fondly. “John Weaver’s annual concert was always a highlight for me. He has a straight-forward, no-nonsense approach to
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Ray Cornils, Pedagogy, and Music Education

Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils, Pedagogy, and Music Education Successful teachers, regardless of their discipline, all have two things in common: they are passionate about teaching and passionate about what they teach. So it is with Ray Cornils, who retires from his 45 year-long music pedagogy career on August 31. His passion for music education begins with his love of the organ and expands with his natural interest in educating musicians. “Growing up, I fell in love with the organ through listening to performances at my church and decided that was what I wanted
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