Ray Cornils, organ
Ray Cornils is the Municipal Organist for the City of Portland. During the Kotzschmar’s Centennial Season Mr. Cornils presents a diverse schedule of concerts, educational programs and tours of the great Kotzschmar Organ. He is also Minister of Music at Parish Church, UCC in Brunswick, Maine where for the past 25 years he has led an extensive music program of five vocal and two handbell choirs. A member of the music faculties of Bowdoin College and the University of Southern Maine, he teaches organ, harpsichord and related classes. Mr. Cornils graduated from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory of Music. He studied organ with Robert Reeves, Fenner Douglas, William Porter, Yuko Hayashi and Dame Gillian Weir. Ray has concertized throughout the United States and in Germany, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Spain, Russia, Ecuador and New Zealand. He has performed at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia’s famed Wanamaker Organ. He has been a featured recitalist for conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society. He performs regularly with the Portland Symphony and will be the featured soloist in the PSO’s performance of Saint Saens’ Organ Symphony No. 3 and Jongen’s Symphonie Concertante next May.