Dear Friends,

At the FOKO Board of Directors Annual Meeting, June 7, there were several announcements of change.

First of all, President Larry Rubinstein passed the baton to Tom Cattell. Larry has been a tremendous leader through the Capital Campaign, the renovation of the KO and its return; FOKO was in good hands and is in good hands with Tom at the helm.

Secondly, John Bishop left the board after serving ten years. His expertise and second hat of “Clerk of the Works” during the renovation was vital to the success of the project. John will join the Advisory Board and still serve as a member of the Organ Committee, even if conferencing in from NYC!

Lastly, it was with deep regret that the Board of Directors accepted the retirements of Executive Director Kathleen Grammer and Municipal Organist, Ray Cornils. Kathy, who has led FOKO for ten years, will conclude her work after FOKO’s August 2016 concerts. Ray will retire as of December 31, 2017. He has served as Portland’s 10th municipal organist since 1990. His long tenure with the Kotzschmar Organ has brought him great musical and personal satisfaction.

A Search Committee for the Executive Director’s position, chaired by Richard van Bergen, has been formed and a job description has been finalized and will be posted on the website very soon. The FOKO board will be considering its next steps in the coming months regarding the search for the 11th Municipal Organist and will keep everyone informed of its timeline and process.

With change comes opportunity and the chance to grow.
 

The Board of Directors

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ