New Municipal Organist for Portland, Maine
John Bishop was privileged to serve as Chairman of the Organ Committee and Clerk of the Works for the Centennial Renovation of the Mighty Kotzschmar Organ in Merrill Auditorium of CIty Hall in Portland, Maine. The renovation was completed in 2014 and the organ is in cracker-jack condition. Foley-Baker, Inc. of Tolland, Connecticut was chosen for that important project.
In the spring of 2017, Municipal Organist Ray Cornils announced his retirement, effective December, 2017, ending a 27-year tenure in the position.
John Bishop was again privileged to serve on the Search Committee to select Ray's successor. On September 18, 2017, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ announced, and the City Council of Portland approved the appointment of James Kennerley of New York City to be Portland's 11th Municipal Organist.
Here you see Portland attorney and FOKO founding president Peter Plumb presenting James before the City Council. Watch the website of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ for exciting new programming as James takes the helm in January of 2018.