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.
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.