Students will help assemble pipe organ at RFA music camp Aug. 5-9

RANGELEY — Organist Robert Ludwig will be leading students of the Rangeley Friends of the Arts music camp through assembling the KIB — “Kotzsch-in-a-box” — mini-pipe-organ based on the Kotzschmar organ located in Merrill Auditorium in Portland.
Ludwig holds a master’s degree in music from Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music, and during his life-long career in music has served as organist and choirmaster at St John’s in Bangor; as artistic director of the internationally traveled Bangor Area Children’s Choir; as director of vocal music and music theory at Garden City High School in New York; NY; organist and master of choirs at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, N.Y.; and he has studied privately in Haarlem, the Netherlands and Vienna, Austria.
Ludwig worked with Brooke Hubner, executive director of Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ to get the KIB for the music camp. Through a donation from Richard and Elisabeth Rowlands and the Portland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, FOKO was able to commission the building of the organ, which comes in 133 pieces, and when assembled, is a two-octave, two-rank mechanical-action pipe organ with bellows that are easy to “pump” using two hands.
Kotzsch-in-a-box will be assembled and explored by all students at camp from Aug. 5 through 9, will be available to play and will be presented at the finale performance 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at RFA Lakeside Theater.
RF Music Camp is for students age 8-18. For registration forms and complete info, visit or call the RFA at 207-864-5000.

PHOTO: Robert Ludwig (Submitted photo)