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Catherine Schane-Lydon serves as our Minister of Music, overseeing the varied (and growing!) music programs at the First Congregational Church. She is especially thrilled to have been called to this position. As Catherine says, “the congregation is supportive and enthusiastic about music, the choir puts a high value on quality interpretations of choral music, and the organ and piano are in great shape to bring music to life. It’s an exciting place to be a musician and allow the beauty of sacred music to blossom.”
Catherine is a local musician, active in the regional music scene. She has been a church musician for 30 years, and also performs in a pop a cappella group called Strike A Chord, based in the Springfield area (you may have seen them on WGBY doing the station identification jingle), and in the Jovia Trio, a classical trio. She teaches piano, organ, and ukulele, and strives to bring the joy of music making wherever she goes. She has released two CDs of religious piano music, written a book, “The Total Classical Pianist” published by Alfred, and has invented a method of teaching rhythm and meter to students called Toccata Blocks. Her educational background includes a B.A. from Simon’s Rock College, an M.Ed. from Springfield College and continuing education at the Westminster Choir College and the Hartt School of Music in choral conducting.
Non-musical hobbies include carpentry, hiking, playing with her dogs, cooking, and riding her motorcycle. Catherine lives in Canaan, NY with her lovely husband, Mark, and two goofy dogs.