Ray Cornils, Municipal Organist of Portland, Maine, and music director of Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, makes his debut CD with the first recording of the Kotzschmar organ after the renovation of Portland City Hall Auditorium into Merrill Auditorium, within the Portland City Hall complex.
Ray Cornils was appointed Portland’s Municipal Organist in February, 1990. He is the tenth organist to hold that post since 1912. He is also Music Director of First Parish Church, UCC in Brunswick, Maine, where he leads an extensive music program of four vocal and two handbell choirs. In addition, he is a member of the music faculties of Bowdoin College, the Portland Conservatory of Music and the University of South Maine where he teaches organ, harpsichord and related classes.
Born in Sterling, Illinois, Mr. Cornils received the B.Mus. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and the M.Mus. degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. He has studied organ with Robert Reeves, Fenner Douglass, William Porter, Yuko Hayashi and Gillian Weir, and harpsichord with William Porter, Lenora McCroskey, Rhona Freeman and Lisa Goode Crawford.
Ray has concertized extensively throughout the United States. He has performed recitals in Germany, France, Russia and New Zealand. He has been a featured perfomer at conventions of both the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society and has been a guest artist on Midnight Pipes. He performs regularly with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, he is a member of Musica Tricinia, a group of two trumpets and organ.