The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ and ChoralArt, formerly the Choral Art Society, have hired a Fulbright Scholar as their new executive director. Brooke Hubner, who worked as administrative coordinator for the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce, replaces Kathleen Grammer, who left the organizations this summer.

Hubner brings a musical background to the job. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music and English from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. She studied organ performance, and sang in choirs. “I have always wanted to be involved in supporting music and the arts in some capacity,” she said in a prepared statement. “As executive director for both FOKO and ChoralArt, I get to promote the artistry of two things I love, pipe organ and choir music.”

As a Fulbright Scholar, she applied her scholarship toward earning a master’s in Atlantic Canada Studies with a focus on Acadian music from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. After her academic career, she sang in choirs and served as a board member for the Lincoln Arts Festival Chorus, assisting with concert planning and promotion.

She wants to use her position to reinforce the music education for children, particularly as it relates to the organ. “As a kid, I thought it was magical that this one instrument could produce so many different sounds,” she said. “I would like to give young children the same experience. Teaching children about the organ and fostering in them an appreciation of organ music will build our audience for the future.”

 


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