James Kennerley, 33, who dreamed about playing on the city’s organ while growing up in England, was named to the position by the City Council on Monday.
“In the world of organ music, the job of Portland municipal organist is coveted because of the opportunity to practice and perform regularly on the Kotzschmar Organ, one of the grandest and most famous pipe organs in the world, and the job of municipal organist is highly coveted, [James] Kennerley said. ‘It’s one of those positions we dream about as teenagers,’ he said. ‘When I heard the position was open, I knew it was a fantastic opportunity that only comes along once every 20 or 30 years.’
Kennerley is the city’s 11th municipal organist in the instrument’s 105-year history. [Ray] Cornils has held the post 27 years…”