Kotzsch-in-a-Box at Mini Maker Faire

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Mini Maker Faire rolls out hands-on fun projects and a Trashion Fashion Show Approximately 20 makers, artists, engineers, coders and designers engaged a mostly young crowd on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Mini Maker Faire, held under a tent in the Amphitheatre of the Camden Public Library. “One of the biggest “puzzles” … Read more

Photos from James Kennerley and Brass, Port City Organ Expo 2018

James Kennerley gave an existing and memorable concert with Kotzschmar Festival Brass. Here are some photos from the concert and the promo video. Photos courtesy of Russ Burleigh. Mark your calendars for next year’s Port City Organ Expo, it will look a little different. We will be featuring four consecutive days of concerts, workshops, activities, … Read more

Article: Out and About Port City Organ Expo

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Out and About: Port City Organ Expo He wowed us in April, and I expect that he’ll repeat in August. That’s my prediction for James Kennerley’s concluding performance in the Aug. 28 finale of the Port City Organ Expo. “Kennerley, who was appointed Portland’s official municipal organist – one of only two … Read more

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