Organist Brian MacFarland to perform at St. Thomas Lent series

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CAMDEN — Organist Brian MacFarland will be the next featured musician at Noon Music in Lent at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, in Camden.

The program starts in the church at noon on Friday, February 23 with brief noonday prayers and then thirty minutes of music. Following the music is a free luncheon of homemade soup, bread and fruit in the Sun Room. Please join us for this time of rest during Lent.

Brian MacFarland grew up in Brewer and began studying the organ at age 16; he has been playing in churches since age 17.

His first organ studies, while in high school, were with Romette Headley and Alice Mummé both former organ instructors at the University of Maine in Orono. After four years in the Air Force, he pursued additional studies at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ with Drs. George Markey and William Hayes. Dr. Markey was also a student of Alexander McCurdy, one time organist at Trinity Church in Castine..

Brian was the organist for St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Brewer for 18 years followed by short tenures as the Organist-Choir Director at the First Congregational Church in Searsport and organist at St. Francis Episcopal in Blue Hill.

Mr. MacFarland will play a program based on the 17th century German chorale, Wer nur den lieben Gott lasst walten (If thou but suffer God to guide thee). Composers who have written on this theme will include Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottfried Walther, Georg Boehm and Emma Lou Diemer.

St. Thomas Church is located at 33 Chestnut Street in downtown Camden. A handicap-accessible entrance with adjacent parking is located around the corner on Wood Street.

For more information, please contact Jane Schroeder, Minister of Music at (207) 236-3680 or at

Event Date: 
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:00pm
Event Location: 
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., Camden, ME
Contact Name: 
Jane Schroeder
Contact Phone: 
(207) 236-3680