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ORGAN RECITAL with special guest Frederick Chatfield


Join us on Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 2:00pm for an afternoon of organ music in our beautiful Sanctuary followed by a reception with food and refreshments.  An offering will be collected and donations graciously accepted to help us make urgent updates to our HVAC system and maintain our Church home in the heart of Vandalia.  



Frederick Chatfield served as Director of Music and Organist of Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering, Ohio,a position he held for thirty years (1986-2016). His prior appointments as Director of Music/Organist were at First United Church of Christ, Milford, Connecticut (1977-1986) and Newton Presbyterian Church, Newton, Massachusetts (1972-1977).


Mr. Chatfield holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ from New England Conservatory in Boston (1972) and a Master of Arts in Religion (Music and Worship) cum laude from Yale University (1985) where he wasnamed the 1985 Hugh Porter Scholar. His principle organ teachers have included Frank Mulheron,Charles Krigbaum, Miréille Lagacé and Thomas Murray.


In addition to his work at Christ Church, Kettering,Mr. Chatfield has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera and theNew Haven Symphony Orchestra. He has servedas Conference Choir Director and as Conference Organist for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mr. Chatfield was a faculty member of the Organ Academy of the American Guild of Organists, Dayton chapter and is a published composer.


Fred is married to Martha Chatfield and has two grown children, Colin and Christina. Following his retirement in 2016, Fred and Martha moved to Richmond, Indiana where Fred has become active in the preservation of The Reid Center as an organist, Artistic Director and member of the Executive Committee.

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