Renowned organist and choir director Diane Meredith Belcher will lead the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hanover, NH, parish music program starting in September.
As music director, Belcher will be St. Thomas’s principal organist and choir director, as well as providing leadership for music within the parish, and leadership in music as mission outreach to the larger community. She will support and build on St. Thomas’ strong tradition of worship and music, including notable special services such as Nine Lessons and Carols in Advent (the oldest such service in the U.S., offered since 1935, and marking its 80th anniversary this year), a sung Requiem mass at All Saints, and frequent choral evensong services. She will play her first service at St. Thomas on September 14, 2014.
“We are thrilled to welcome Diane Belcher to St. Thomas, and to introduce her to the Upper Valley,” says the Rev. Dr. Guy Collins, Rector of St. Thomas and Episcopal chaplain to Dartmouth College. “Her experience in parish life, her deep spirituality, and her own practice as a faithful Anglican enrich her gifts as a musician. Her presence here will be a blessing to St. Thomas’s worshipping community and beyond.”
Diane Meredith Belcher, a prize-winning organist, internationally recognized recitalist, choir director, and teacher, has accepted the appointment as Music Director of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Hanover, N.H. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Belcher has 30 years of professional experience in sacred music, having served churches in Philadelphia, Boston, Rochester, Syracuse, Baltimore, and Memphis, where she was also the founding director of the Memphis Concert Chorale.
For more information about St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Hanover, NH, visit http://www.saintthomashanover.org. For more information about the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, visit www.nhepiscopal.org.
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