Text by Janice Parkinson-Tucker
Images from Maine Historical Society, First Parish in Portland, Friends of Kotzschmar Organ, and Portland Public Library
Hermann Kotzschmar solidly established Portland as a center for music excellence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
A German immigrant who arrived in Portland in 1849 at age 20, Kotzschmar was a young man with a passion for music.
At his death in 1908, he left a city well endowed with a rich musical heritage.