St. Luke’s Names McLaughlin as Church Musician
Jacob McLaughlin has been hired as the new church musician at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Chester. Jacob began his duties playing the organ, keyboard and leading the choir on Sunday, December 1. Through a committee search process, Jacob was hired to follow Martha Stretton, who accepted a position at the First Congregational Church in Springfield, Vt. McLaughlin grew up in Chester, receiving his first musical training at 8 years of age, by the late Helen Donnis. At St. Joseph’s, the piano teacher would engage the young boy in the organ and he began playing under her tutelage. Jacob commuted to Castleton State College, having auditioned for piano studies and voice. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a second major in Communication, and another concentration in mass media. McLaughlin has been the organist at Gethsemane Church in Proctorsville since age 17, and learned about the St. Luke’s opening through a member there. Gethsemane graciously changed its worship schedule so that Jacob can fill both positions.
Already voices are raising in song as we welcome Christmas with the service of Lessons and Carols at St. Luke’s on Sunday, December 22 at 4 p.m.