ANN WALSH, Christian Education Director Music and children have been major elements in Ann Walsh’s life. She has been singing since a child, overcoming extreme shyness with music. High school and college brought the world of theater, and with it numerous roles, such as Ado Annie in “Oklahoma” and Hope Langdon in “Something’s Afoot”, and leading roles in “Vanities” and “Bye Bye Birdie”, to name just a few. At Messiah College Ann sang with several gospel music groups and headed a small traveling music ministry team, as well as a children’s ministry team that traveled to Scotland School for Veteran’s Children weekly.Directing became an interest and Ann directed numerous children’s theater productions as well as traveling performances of one-acts and musical reviews. Ann continued to act, direct, and sing, doing work with a variety band as she began teaching elementary school. Marriage brought 3 children and much less time to pursue theater and music. Teaching dance and musical theater at the studio that her children attended gave her more time to do what she loved best. Several productions, one original and “You Can’t Take it With You”, were done as Ann moved on with her life. She also continued to direct, especially children’s theater productions, including “Little Red Riding Hood”, and “Cats and Bats”, for which she wrote the songs for the show. In 1998 Ann became the Christian Education Director for Trinity UCC.In between shows and Sunday school activities, Ann found time to present various educational topics at the National Reading Recovery/Early Literacy conferences in Columbus, Ohio for 12 years. After the death of her 14 yr old daughter due to a car accident in 2004, Ann used her love of music to heal. She continued to sing in a variety band, wrote music and poetry for bereaved parents, and became active in The Compassionate Friends, a support group for those who have lost children at any age. Several presentations Ann has done at National TCF conferences included how to use music to help heal and move forward in grief, and she is active with the sibling program on the National level.
Currently Ann sings with a variety band, “One More Time”, teaches Kindergarten in the Conewago Valley School District, is active in the Adams County Arts Council, local Compassionate Friends support group doing newsletter/public relations/awareness and planning memorial programs, is Director of Christian Education and sings in the Trinity church choir, works with children in various types of counseling, creative and performing venues, and is active on the “Fringe” committee of the annual Gettysburg Festival.
JOHN MCKAY, Senior Choir Director Having served several denominations, John McKay has over thirty years of experience as a church musician.After graduating from the University of Richmond with a B.A. in voice, he earned his M.M. in choral conducting at the Eastern Kentucky University. He has also done extensive graduate work at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and at the Catholic University of America.Interestingly enough, although John spent a number of years as a cantor and music director in the Greek Orthodox Church, his introduction to liturgical worship occurred forty years ago while singing in the choir of a large U.C.C. church in Richmond, VA.He has never forgotten that spiritually enlightening experience and he is grateful for Trinity’s continuing recognition of the importance of quality music to the liturgical expression of worship.
JANE EIKER, Organist Organist Jane Eiker a lifelong member of Trinity, is a retired elementary school teacher.She holds a graduate certificate in church music from Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA and a Masters of Arts in Ministerial Studies with a concentration in church music from the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg.She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the UCC Musicians Association.
AUDREY BLACKSTONE, Assistant Organist When Linda had the cherub choir, she asked me to be the pianist because my daughter was singing in the choir.This is how I started playing at Trinity.When Alice Snyder was going to retire, she thought I should play the organ.She was my mentor.So at the early service, I played on alternate Sundays with Dora Mae Hartman.When Dora died, no one came forward to replace her so I have been doing this ever since.Sometime in 1990, to give Jane Eiker a Sunday off, I started playing for the 10:30 service and here we are…...