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the kotzschmar organ

The Kotzschmar Organ, dedicated in 1912, is one of only two municipal organs in the U.S. with a Municipal Organist. Housed in the historic Merrill Auditorium in the Arts district of Portland, Maine, the Kotzschmar typically offers an annual concert series featuring guest artists from around the world.

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fiddles
& pipes
7PM

fiddles
& pipes

Merrill Auditorium
DIGITAL CONCERT - 
Fiddles and
Pipes

DIGITAL CONCERT - 
Fiddles and
Pipes

cosmic
kotzschmar
7PM

cosmic
kotzschmar

Merrill Auditorium
the hunchback
of notre dame
7PM

the hunchback
of notre dame

Merrill Auditorium
spooktacular
songs & storytime
10AM

spooktacular
songs & storytime

Merrill Auditorium
An Evening with
olivier latry
6:30PM

An Evening with
olivier latry

Merrill Auditorium

about the
kotzschmar organ

Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ maintains and preserves the organ, in addition to producing and promoting concerts and managing the Kotzschmar Memorial Trust Scholarship.

Founded in 1981, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO), is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that supports the Kotzschmar Organ.

Since its inception, it has been important to use the Kotzschmar Organ to enrich the lives of those that live in and around our community of Portland, Maine. In the early days, this included free concerts, discounted tickets for those who wanted to experience the organ but may not have had the resources to, low cost “open console hours” for new and young organists to practice on the organ, and back stage tours to show the public the nner workings of this complex and fascinating instrument. Many of these opportunities are still available today. However, with the advent of social media platforms, FOKO is committed to reaching out to our ever-widening audience to promote and share the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ.

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donation

Each year hundreds of enthusiastic people give to the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ showing their appreciation for the great music and events surrounding the Kotzschmar Organ. Their generous gifts account for over 30% of money raised each year. Together with concert admissions, concert sponsors, foundation grants and investment income, these vital contributions support concert expenses, guest artists, organ maintenance, and administrative costs. Please join us in supporting the Kotzschmar Organ, Portland’s own municipal organ.

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