St. Luke’s Has a New Church Musician
Jacob S. McLaughlin has been hired as the new church musician at St. Luke¹s Episcopal Church in Chester. Jacob began his duties playing the organ, keyboard and leading the choir on Sunday, December first.
Through a committee search process Jacob was hired to follow Martha Stretton who accepted a position at the First Congregational Church in Springfield. Jacob grew up in Chester, home schooled by his mother, and musically trained first at eight by the late Helen Donnis. At. St. Joseph¹s the piano teacher would engage the young boy in the organ and he began playing under her tutelage. Jacob commuted to Castleton State College (his siblings as well), having auditioned for piano studies. He also wanted to study voice, having worked with other vocalists, hoping to develop his own instrument. His senior recital included both piano and vocal works. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a second major in Communication, and another concentration in Mass Media.. He has been the organist at Gethsemane in Proctorsville since age 17, and learned about the St. Luke¹s opening through a member there. Gethsemane has changed its worship schedule so that Jacob can fill both positions.
His work history includes playing dinner music on piano for restaurants and providing music for weddings and funerals, playing in school and musical ensembles. With great mentors and admirers, he accompanies choirs. He shared his passion in a poignant way. ³I enjoy being the instrument to help to drive the music for all.² His belief is that it is his role as our liturgical musician to compliment the readings and sermons, and he works with Rev. Carole Wageman to integrate these components. Already the voices are rising as we welcome the Christmas season, especially with the service of Lessons and Carols at St. Luke’s on Sunday, December 22 at 4 p.m.
Bonnie & Lew
—Lew and Bonnie Watters Publicity St. Luke’s Church 313 Main St. Chester, VT 05143 802-875-2114 (home) 802-875-6000 (church office) Www.stlukesepiscopalvt.org
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