Volunteer for FOKO

As a nonprofit arts organization, FOKO relies on the help of volunteers to help with various functions, particularly as docents to aid in tours and occasionally other special events. If you are interested in volunteering for FOKO, please send us an email and we will let you know if there any opportunities to get involved.


Employment Opportunities

Municipal Organist, Portland, Maine

Posted on January 3, 2017
 

Description

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO) offers a part-time position as the 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.
 
About FOKO & the Kotzschmar Organ

Founded in 1981, FOKO is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Kotzschmar Organ. Each year the organization presents 16–18 concerts, engaging renowned organists and guest artists from around the world. FOKO is responsible for the care and maintenance of the organ and provides funds to produce and promote concerts, lectures, organ demonstrations, and tours, as well as supporting a growing education program to bring awareness and understanding of this musical instrument.

The Kotzschmar Organ celebrated its 100th anniversary on August 22, 2012. Immediately following that evening’s concert, a two-year renovation began. The entire organ was removed from Merrill Auditorium, and every pipe and action component restored to original condition at the shops of Foley-Baker, Inc. in Tolland, Connecticut. The renovated Kotzschmar Organ made its début on September 27, 2014.
 
Responsibilities

Duties of the Municipal Organist include concerts, selection of guest artists, membership on committees, and other responsibilities as outlined in the job description. There are administrative duties involved in tandem with FOKO’s Executive Director.
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Qualifications

Only highly qualified applicants will be considered. Audition repertoire should demonstrate great facility and a mastery of disparate styles of literature and expressive character. FOKO is looking for an innovative and engaging performer, and commitment as an ambassador for the Kotzschmar Organ to the public.
 

Application Requirements

Applicants are invited to submit:

  • A letter of interest.
  • Curriculum vitae and/or resumé.
  • A sample concert program to be considered as the applicant’s inaugural recital on the Kotzschmar Organ. (The audition winner may elect to play alternative pieces in the actual inaugural concert.)
  • Three (3) professional references.
  • A performance by video recording of reasonable quality. Well-managed “phone recordings” are acceptable. The performance should include a major work by J. S. Bach, a Romantic work of significant scope, a transcription of a small-scale orchestral work (such as an overture, sketch, or dance movement), and one additional piece chosen to demonstrate a variety of interests and abilities. The recorded performance should not be longer than 45 minutes.
  • Any supplemental information or recordings as desired.


Receipt of applications will be closed on February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after that time.

 

Auditions and Interviews

Five (5) finalists will be chosen, and notified personally before April 1, 2017. The chosen finalists will be announced on the FOKO website simultaneously.
 
Finalists will be invited for live auditions and interviews, to be held on May 24, 2017 and June 12–13, 2017.

  • Finalists will be interviewed in person by the Search Committee, to be scheduled during the audition visit to Portland.
  • Finalists will present a live audition performance on the Kotzschmar Organ. Only members of the FOKO Search Committee will be present for auditions.
  • Audition programming will include a significant work of Baroque literature, a significant work of either Romantic or Contemporary literature, a transcription of a large-scale orchestral work (such as a movement from a symphony), and at least one additional piece selected to demonstrate versatility and imagination. The live audition performances will be limited to 50 minutes, including intervals between pieces. Applicants are invited to address the committee about the pieces to be offered — such spoken notes must be included within the 50-minute limit. (Transcriptions may be original to the applicant or from other sources.)
    • The Kotzschmar Organ is a large and complete classic concert organ, with many additional registration possibilities from the tradition of the Theatre Organ. Audition selections should include the use of at least a few of the “novelty” effects.
      A list of stops is available on our website.
  • Applicants will be provided with two (2) hours of private practice time on the Kotzschmar Organ within 24 hours of their live auditions. Applicants will be allowed 30 minutes to warm up on the Kotzschmar Organ immediately prior to the audition. Members of the Search Committee may or may not be within hearing distance during the warm-up periods.
  • The Search Committee will provide an able and qualified assistant for turning pages during the live audition. The page-turner should not be expected to assist with registrations.

 
The winner of the auditions will be selected by July 1, 2017, and will be notified personally. The winner should be prepared to visit Portland during August 2017 by agreement to meet the Board of Directors, to be introduced to the audience of a summer concert, and to discuss the transition and beginning of the new tenure.
 

How to Apply

Please send information/records (as desired) to:

 
Timeline

  • Applications will be accepted through February 28, 2017. Please send all material in electronic format.
  • Finalists will be notified by April 1, 2017.
  • Auditions are May 24, 2017 and June 12–13, 2017.
  • It is hoped that the 11th Municipal Organist will begin in January, 2018.