From the Municipal Organist — Summer 2018

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] It was a beautiful spring day on June 13 of last year. I awoke to the lilting sounds of seagulls and the salty aroma of the ocean. As I made my way to Merrill Auditorium early in the morning I wondered what I was actually getting myself into. In a couple of … Read more

From the Executive Director — Summer 2018

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] One of the fun parts of my job is discovering what I have come to think of as “Kotzschmar Connections”: the stories of how the Kotzschmar Organ has touched the lives of the people of Portland, and beyond, in sometimes unexpected ways. A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from … Read more

From the President — Summer 2018

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] The renaissance of the Kotzschmar Organ continues! Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better than the September 2014 re-dedication of the refurbished organ, we recently experienced our new organist, James Kennerley, who brought a level of thoughtfulness and energy that exceeded all expectations (and we had high expectations). So after … Read more

Meet Opus 1e

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] 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 a “puzzle” 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 … Read more