Through a generous donation from Richard and Elisabeth Rowlands and the Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, FOKO was able to commission the building of this organ.
The organ comes in 133 pieces, and when assembled, it is a two-octave, two-rank mechanical-action pipe organ with bellows that are easy to “pump” using your two hands. All the parts fit in a custom-built trunk with cushioned compartments to protect all the pieces. While the case plus organ pieces weighs about 90 pounds, there are wheels on the trunk help with mobility.
The original program, called Orgelkids, is based in the Netherlands and incorporates the building of a small, portable organ with various musical events and workshops. David Wallace discovered the information online, and presented it to the FOKO Education Committee several years ago.
Orgelkids, USA is a non-profit organization that was established in 2009 in Oregon and is directed by Erin Scheessele. They worked with Wim Janssen, a retired organ builder, who adapted the original plans from the Netherlands to the current model. FOKO’s “Opus 1e” is only the fifth of these types of organ kits to be found in the United States.
Kotzsch-in-a-box is available for exploration for children through adults. If you have an event that Kotzsch-in-a-box would add to the excitement please contact us for details.
Where is Kotzsch-in-a-box going to be next?
- At your next event, please contact us for details
Come see what all of the excitement is about for yourself!
The parts and pieces
Art Outta the Park at Hadlock Field, Portland, ME, June 29, 2018
Mini Maker’s Fair, Camden, ME, September 9, 2018
Victoria Mansion, September 13, 2018