Old First Church names new organist and choir director

BENNINGTON — After a lengthy search that attracted more than a dozen candidates, the First Congregational Church in Old Bennington (the "Old First Church") has chosen Tom Salmon of Dorset as its new organist and choir director. Salmon holds a B.A. in professional music with a concentration in voice from the Berklee College of Music, as well as teacher certification in music education from Marywood University. He has years of experience as a church organist, choir director, solo and group singer, multiple-instrument musician, and school and private music teacher for toddlers through adults.

In addition to playing the church's 1965 Wicks pipe organ, Salmon will be expanding the choir. To that end, interested singers are invited to weekly choir rehearsals at 10 a.m. on Sundays; all are welcome, no special skills or prior experience required. Sunday services, led by Rev. Kenneth A. Clarke, begin at 11 a.m. (10 a.m. in July and August). The church is located in the heart of Old Bennington on Monument Avenue at Vermont Route 9.

The historic Old First Church, gathered in 1762, was the first Protestant church in Vermont. Much of the early history of Bennington and of Vermont took place in and around the original Meeting House, built in 1763; the present church building is an 1805 restored Meeting House of architectural and historical significance that attracts visitors from all over the world. Further information is available by calling the church office at 802-447-1223 or by visiting www.oldfirstchurchbenn.org.


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