Forest Home Chapel
Sunday, July 25, 2021
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Our Musical Heritage

A Vibrant Music Program

Chapel Organists and Choir Directors, a partial list:

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Historical records about the Chapel’s music programs are sparse, but it is clear the Chapel has had excellent organist/choir directors and correspondingly fine music for at least the last 50 years. Some organists were music majors at Cornell or Ithaca College, including Doctor of Musical Arts candidates. Several now play in larger churches in Ithaca or teach music a major universities. We have been blessed by a quality of music that is well beyond the usual for what is technically a small, “rural” church.

We are currently blessed by the presence and patience of Merilee Nord as our Organist and Choir Director. Merilee teaches sight singing and music theory at Ithaca College and piano lessons for youth and adults in her own studio. Our choir sings a variety of music, and while most churches will commandeer Thursday night for choir practice, Merilee produces miracles during an hour’s practice beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday morning!

The choir in 2008