Ray Cornils Reflects on Christmas with Cornils Past

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils Reflects on Christmas with Cornils Past Ray Cornils’ final performance as Portland’s Municipal Organist will be the Kotzschmar Christmas with Cornils concert on Tuesday, December 19 at Merrill Auditorium. This annual concert, which Mr. Cornils has presented for the past 28 … Read more

Hymnal Festival and the Joy of Communal Singing

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Hymnal Festival and the Joy of Communal Singing Few instruments are as impressive in their dexterity and sonic variety as the human voice. When many voices come together in song, it can be an exhilarating experience for both singers and listeners. The joining … Read more

The Magic of Christmas Camel

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine The Legend of Ray Cornils and The Magic of Christmas Camel Each December, Christmas music fans flock to Magic of Christmas, the annual holiday offering presented by the Portland Symphony Orchestra. While expecting to hear a fantastic night of holiday music, concertgoers hope … Read more

Sabbatical Study with Dame Gillian Weir

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Sabbatical Study with Dame Gillian Weir Dame Gillian Constance Weir is heralded as one of the most exceptional organists in the world. She has performed in countless international tours, is given credit for popularizing the music of Messiaen, and has been awarded numerous … Read more

Ray Cornils and the Portland Symphony Orchestra

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils and the Portland Symphony Orchestra Outside of its sacred origins, the pipe organ has come to serve many functions for secular music. One in particular was born out of economics. Before audio recordings existed, the only way one could hear the … Read more

Ray Cornils and the American Guild of Organists

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils and the American Guild of Organists’ 2014 National Convention Since 1896, the American Guild of Organists (AGO) has been promoting awareness and appreciation for organ and choral music and has fostered a thriving community of organists and choral singers throughout the … Read more

Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Celebrating 50 years of John Weaver Performing on the Kotzschmar Organ In 1956 organist John Weaver sat at the console of the Kotzschmar Organ for the first time. This began an unbroken 50-year run of John Weaver performances on the Kotzschmar organ, the … Read more

Ray Cornils, Pedagogy, and Music Education

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Ray Cornils, Pedagogy, and Music Education Successful teachers, regardless of their discipline, all have two things in common: they are passionate about teaching and passionate about what they teach. So it is with Ray Cornils, who retires from his 45 year-long music pedagogy … Read more

Renovation of the Kotzschmar Organ

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Renovation of the Kotzschmar Organ The renovation of the Kotzschmar Organ was a project that Ray Cornils remembers as one of his single greatest experiences during his 27-year stint as Municipal Organist for the City of Portland. In 2012, Portland’s Kotzschmar Organ was … Read more

Organ Music and In-school Curricula

[one_third] [/one_third] [two_third_last] Ray Cornils 12 Highlights from his work in Maine Organ Music and In-school Curricula For the past 27 years, Municipal Organist Ray Cornils brought the magic of organ music into classrooms throughout Southern Maine with a variety of educational programs. “In the first 10 years or so of my tenure as Municipal … Read more