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Organ Concert in Ellsworth
September 11 @ 2:30 pm
There will be an organ concert at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, UCC on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 2:30 p.m.
Local organists Gerald Wheeler, Peter Haynes, Debbie Riley and Lynn Hall will showcase the majesty of the church’s Hall pipe organ. The church is commemorating this gift from the Black Family of Woodlawn over 110 years ago.
Wheeler studied piano, organ, theory and composition at the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra domestically and internationally. He has served churches in London, Ottawa, Montreal, Washington, D.C., Buffalo, Boston and Blue Hill. He is presently the organist and choir director at the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill.
Haynes is a native of Ellsworth, and though his family moved away when he was 13, he has summered in Trenton on Union River Bay his entire life. He is a member of the board for the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ in Portland, and subs occasionally at the First Parish Church in Yarmouth.
Riley studied music at Boston University School of Fine & Applied Arts, receiving a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Church Music. She has been organist at several churches in Massachusetts and Maine, including Orono United Methodist and Blue Hill Congregational. Riley is presently the organist and choir director at Union Congregational UCC in Hancock.
After moving to Maine in 1998, Hall worked with Allen Fernald, the organist at the First Congregational Church of Ellsworth, and was a substitute when needed. She became the full-time organist at the First Congregational Church seven years ago.
For more information, call 667-8321.