Merrill Auditorium, Kotzschmar Memorial Organ


Job #:  C500

Location:  Portland ME

Organ Type: Pipe

Building Type: Theatre

Date: 2014 

Merrill Auditorium is home to one of America's premier concert organs. Originally built in 1912 and named after Hermann Kotzschmar, a 19th century Portland organist, it has grown in that past 100 years from 69 ranks  to 102. It has also had 4 different consoles.  

The instrument is supported by the group FOKO: Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, a group who promote the instrument through concerts and fundraising. They selected Foley-Baker to restore this grand instrument in 2012. Besides the usual cleaning and re-leathering, the two-year project included repairing the damage from previous moves and quick fixes that had happened. A whole new control system was provided by Classic Organ Builders.    



  • 102 ranks, 6,862 pipes, 5 manuals
  • 8 divisions, Swell, Great, Solo, Orchestral, Antiphonal, Echo Pedal, Percussion 
  • 4 independent Crescendo Expressions
  • 2 SFZ programmable on each memory level which may be additive or exclusive
  • Primary control panel mounted in drawer under left jamb with additional small numeric displays for Memory and Registration Sequencer levels for quick reference by organist
  • 6 MIDI stops, fully integrated into combination action and fully configurable, settable to be coupling or non-coupling at discretion of organist.
  • Build in MIDI Sequencer
  • 254 independent combination memory levels with SFZ configurable on each level
  • 254 step Registration Sequencer independent of memory levels with dedicated Next & Last pistons
  • Traps, Train Whistle, Fire Gong, Door Bell etc
  • Manual Transfer, All Swells to Swell, All Pistons Next, Pedal Divide, Ventils
  • Bargraphs for expression shoes
  • 12-step Transposer via UP/DOWN pistons



  • Console:  CCC-6C, CCU/CCIO-5, CTRL-3, ND-3, PBM-81
  • Chamber: 5xPCU/PCIO, PCC-1E, CDB-5A



Merrill Auditorium

Kotzschmar Memorial Organ

Portland ME





Foley-Baker Inc

42 North River Rd

Tolland CT USA 






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