Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ has announced this year’s winners of the annual Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Scholarship, which provides financial aid for Greater Portland-area students who demonstrate exceptional musical ability.
Resident students aged 10–25 studying voice, piano, organ or an orchestral instrument may apply for a scholarship each year. Every applicant is carefully considered by a scholarship awards committee on musicianship, age-appropriate technical skill level, musicality and deportment. The committee is comprised of renowned musicians from organizations based in the area.
“Every year the committee is astounded by the talent of these young musicians,” said Kathleen Grammer, executive director of Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ. “FOKO is so proud to help support these budding artists in their musical education and immersion. They are making the music of today and tomorrow.”
Hermann Kotzschmar, who died in 1908, taught piano and organ to hundreds of students in the Portland area. He and his wife, Mary Ann, managed the Kotzschmar Piano School in the 1890s. Kotzschmar also composed music and conducted instrumental groups throughout Maine.
The recipients of the 2014 Hermann Kotzschmar Memorial Scholarship are:
• Hannah Flanagan, 15, of Yarmouth, violin
• Morgan Flanagan, 13, of Yarmouth, piano
• Seamus Gethicker, 15, of Bath, organ
• Grace Lee, 14, of Falmouth, viola
• Cormac Quinlan, 10, of Biddeford, violin
• Marcos Pérez Edgar, 14, of Portland, piano
• Amanda Nicole Raymond, 19, of North Waterboro, piano
• Mark Rossnagel, 24, of Scarborough, piano
• Christopher Staknys, 17, of Falmouth, piano
In addition there were three honorable mentions:
• James Brown, 19, of Gorham, voice
• Morgan Peppe, 11, of Westbrook, violin
• Ava Seid, 15, of Yarmouth, violin
As part of the celebration of the return of the renovated Kotzschmar Organ, all students who auditioned received a ticket voucher to the Grand Opening Concert, September 27th.
The Kotzschmar Organ was a gift to the City of Portland by publishing magnate Cyrus Curtis. It is named in memory of Hermann Kotzschmar, a German musician, who lived in Portland from 1849 until his death in 1908. He is remembered for leading the city in its musical awakening and development. For details about the concert, the Kotzschmar Memorial Scholarship or Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, visit foko.org or call 207.553.4363.