Bucksport church appoints church organist and choirmaster

Community Author: The Rev. Stephen York
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Elm Street Congregational Church | Contributed
Elm Street Congregational Church | Contributed
David Friedell

BUCKSPORT  — The church council of the Elm Street Congregational Church of Bucksport located at 31 Elm St. has announced the appointment of David Friedell of Stonington as the church’s organist and choirmaster, effective immediately.

Friedell will assume his new position at the worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 28, at the church. The service will celebrate the restoration of the church’s historic sanctuary. The congregation was founded in 1803 and the sanctuary was built in 1838. The church’s historic E. and G. G. Hook Organ was installed and has been continuously maintained for worship services since 1863.

Friedell is a graduate of the Westminster Choir College with a degree in music with a concentration in organ performance. He and his wife Carolyn were music educators in the public schools of New Jersey and have worked in church music positions in the Northeast.

The United States Department of Defense appointed Friedell as the curator of organs for the West Point Military Academy, home of the world’s largest church organ. He also served as the organ and choir master at Zion Episcopal Church in Wappingers Falls, New York.

Following retirement to their summer home in Stonington, the Friedells have been active in music ministry in local churches. David Friedell also went into the pipe organ business where for many years he represented the M.P. Moller Pipe Organ Company of Hagerstown, Maryland, in the capacity of sales, service and installation of their organs.

The public is invited to the worship service to meet David Friedell. A public reception will be held in Brown Hall following the celebratory service.

The Rev. Stephen York is the minister.


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