Meet the King of Instruments

How many pipes does the Kotzschmar Organ have? How can it possibly sound like a symphony orchestra?
Join Portland’s municipal organist, James Kennerley, for Meet the King of Instruments. This program is designed for 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. Come learn about the pipe organ and hear some of the magnificent sounds it can make! Teachers will receive materials to prepare their students for the program. Organ tours after the performance are available for a limited number of students. For more information download the brochure or contact us. Financial assistance is available. For more information please contact us at 207.553.4363 or

What: An opportunity for your students to experience the many sounds of Portland’s historic Kotzschmar symphonic pipe organ and to explore how it works.

Music Teachers …
… introduce students to the sounds and music of a concert pipe organ.

Science & Math Teachers …
… the construction of the organ and its pipes provides novel ways to introduce basic concepts of acoustics, sound wave energy.

History & Social Studies Teachers …
… learn how the 101-year-old organ in Portland’s historic City Hall has impacted the lives of Mainers for over a century.
We have a wealth of materials we are willing to share. There is something for everyone.

There will not be a Meet the King of Instruments concert in 2018. We can come visit your school in our Kotzschmar 4 Kids program. Want more information on the Kotzschmar’s concerts and other educational events? Download the education brochure!