Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Grace Church Welcomes New Choir Director

The Rev. Carolyn Eklund tells us that Grace Episcopal Church will hold a reception after the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday (Dec. 2, 2007) to celebrate the arrival of Robert H. Gangewere Jr. as organist and choir director. He will also be director of the Plainfield Community Girlchoir.

From her press release:

Mr. Gangewere will develop adult and children’s choir programs as well as perform on the church’s Casavant organ. He holds a Master’s degree in Organ Performance and a Bachelor’s degree in Choral Direction from Westminster Choir College, as well as having studied organ privately for two years in France. He comes to Grace Church having worked at Fanwood Presbyterian Church for 19 years. There he developed multiple adult and children’s choirs as well as the hand bell choir. Mr. Gangewere says one of his proudest moments at Fanwood Presbyterian was the youth production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He comments, ”The kids were so motivated to produce the show that they even made their own costumes.”
The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, rector of Grace Church, says,” Mr. Gangewere will bring a diversity of music to Grace, while at the same time keeping what’s best of our traditions. He has a passion for giving children an important role in worship and in the life of the parish.”
Mr. Gangewere, a resident of Plainfield, has also accepted the position of director of the Plainfield Community Girlchoir. In 2006 the choir ended its concert season with a prize-winning performance at the Toronto Music Festival. Girls wishing to audition for the choir may call 908 756-7897 for an appointment. The Plainfield Community Girlchoir is a division of Plainfield Community Outreach, Inc., the nonprofit corporation of Grace Episcopal Church.
Grace Church will celebrate Mr. Gangewere's arrival at a reception after the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service on December 2, 2007. They invite the community to join us in our welcome of Mr. Gangewere.
For more information, please call The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Rector of Grace Church at 908-756-1520 or Jane Wilson, President of Plainfield Community Outreach at 908-756-7897.


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