Kotzschmar Organ at Merrill Auditorium. Photo Credit: Friends of Kotzschmar Organ
Live Performance at Merrill Auditorium. Photo Credit: Lauryn Hottinger
Kotzschmar Organ. Photo Credit: Richard Sawyer
Tour of Kotzschmar Organ. Photo Credit: Sarah Sullivan
Tour of Kotzschmar Organ. Photo Credit: Sarah Sullivan
Organ. Photo Credit: Sarah Sullivan
Crowd Applauding at Merrill Auditorium. Photo Credit: Tim Greenway
Live Performance at Merrill Auditorium. Photo Credit: Tim Greenway

Friends of Kotzschmar Organ

Experience the awe-inspiring Kotzschmar Organ, a must-see attraction at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium. This historic and grand symphonic organ hosts performances by world-renowned organists, including James Kennerley, captivating audiences with its rich, powerful sound. Known for his dynamic interpretations and engaging performances, James Kennerley adds a unique flair to the organ’s repertoire. Enjoy a variety of concerts and special events featuring classical music, modern hits, and more. Immerse yourself in Portland’s vibrant arts scene and discover the unforgettable music of the Kotzschmar Organ, a true gem of the city.

Visit > Friends of Kotzschmar Organ

20 Myrtle St
Portland, ME 04101

P. (207) 553-4363

About Us

Welcome to the home of the Kotzschmar Organ, a cultural gem nestled in Portland, Maine. Our journey began in 1981 with the establishment of the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ (FOKO), a non-profit dedicated to preserving and promoting this historic municipal organ. Housed within the majestic Merrill Auditorium, formerly known as the City Hall Auditorium, our venue seats 1900 guests and serves as a hub for musical diversity, featuring jazz, classical, and pops concerts throughout the year.

James Kennerley was appointed the Municipal Organist of Portland, Maine, in 2017, joining a lineage of distinguished concert organists dating back to 1912. FOKO continues its mission to maintain, enhance, and celebrate the Kotzschmar Organ. We present a rich program of concerts annually, showcasing world-renowned organists and guest artists from around the globe. Beyond concerts, FOKO supports educational initiatives, lectures, demonstrations, and tours, fostering a deeper appreciation of this iconic instrument.

Whether you’re drawn to the history of the organ, the excellence of our musical performances, or the educational opportunities we offer, we invite you to explore the Kotzschmar Organ. Tickets for our events are conveniently available through the PortTIX office at (207) 842-0800. Join us in celebrating and preserving this musical treasure of Portland, Maine.

For more information about tours or to get involved, please visit our website foko.org or contact us directly at tours@foko.org.