Tours – Backstage Pipes

Join FOKO docents and James Kennerley, our municipal organist (or an exceptional substitute when James isn’t available) for a behind the scenes view and demonstration of the magnificent Kotzschmar Memorial Organ.


How much do you know about pipe organs and how they work? We offer an experience that takes you on a journey to learn how the Kotzschmar Organ came to be in Merrill Auditorium with all of its capabilities. Enjoy a special demonstration concert during which you will hear the various sounds and colors of this Austin symphonic pipe organ.

Get up close to see and examine the state of the art console that is the “brain behind the instrument.” Highly trained docents take you on a unique tour where you actually walk inside the organ’s wind chest! Most organ wind chests are mere inches tall, but the Kotzschmar’s wind chest is large enough for you to walk comfortably through it and see its intricate inner workings.

Backstage pipes tours are scheduled intermittently throughout the year. Additional tours are possible to schedule, depending on group size (typically a 10 person minimum) and the availability of Merrill Auditorium around ongoing concerts and events across multiple organizations. to find out the next available time and let us know about your interest.

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Upcoming Tours

  • Monday, July 8, 2024 - FOR AGES 2-12!
  • 10:30 am - 11:30 am
  • Monday, July 8, 2024
  • 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm