The First Congregational Church of Marion has an active music program, with an adult choir and a children’s choir under the direction of organist/choirmaster Beverly Peduzzi and the Meetinghouse Bells under the direction of Karen Sanborn. Guest soloists are engaged throughout the summer months and often during the rest of the year.
The church is blessed with an historic two-manual, tracker-action organ, built in 1883 by George S. Hutchings (read more about Hutchings here) (view the organ stop list here). Purchased with the help of a donation from philanthropist Elizabeth Taber, it replaced a smaller, one-manual chamber organ placed in the balcony. This was played for a number of years by Joseph H. Hatton, who was trained at the Perkins School for the Blind (read biography here). A series of public recitals is presented regularly on the Hutchings organ.
Click here to read an article from the Andover Organ Company 2017 Newsletter mentioning our organ, as well as other work the company has completed.
Do you enjoy the church chimes on Sunday mornings?
Then thank Benjamin Dunham!
A carillon according to the New Oxford American Dictionary is "a set of bells in a tower, played using a keyboard or an automatic mechanism". Read an informative description of our carillon system in the Carillonneur Report found here.
The Senior Choir rehearsals are held every Wednesday night at 7pm in the sanctuary. Those interested in singing are welcome to join throughout the year. If you feel you cannot commit to every Sunday, please consider joining for seasonal programs. Please contact Bev Peduzzi at email@example.com with questions.