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New choral director at First Presbyterian Church

Crawford R. Thoburn is the new chancel choir director at the First Presbyterian Church on East Genesee Street.

Crawford R. Thoburn is the new chancel choir director at the First Presbyterian Church on East Genesee Street.

— The First Presbyterian Church of Skaneateles has appointed Crawford R. Thoburn its new chancel choir director following the recent retirement of Dr. Thomas Baker after 28 years of service.

Thoburn is a longtime area resident whose work as a conductor and composer has received worldwide attention. His choral ensembles have won awards in international competitions and been performed by invitation at national meetings of professional music organizations.

His many choral compositions and arrangements, published by such notable firms as H.W. Gray and Carl Fischer, have been performed by community, church and school choirs across North America, Europe and Asia, and featured in PBS and NPR broadcasts.

“We are excited that Crawford is able to join us and help develop and enrich our music program. Bringing him onto our staff reflects and advances our commitment to fine music in liturgical worship and community life,” says the Rev. Dr. Craig Lindsay, pastor of the church.

Last May, Thoburn was named professor of music, emeritus, at Wells College in Aurora, where, in addition to teaching music history and theory, he served as director of choral activities and chair of the division of the arts. Throughout his career in education and even as a student himself, Thoburn frequently served in church music positions.

At the First Presbyterian Church, he joins his wife, organist and music coordinator Karen A. Hindenlang, who has served the church for the past two and a half years.

The church is located at 97 East Genesee Street in the center of Skaneateles and services are held every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. The entire building is fully accessible, and nursery care is provided for infants and toddlers during worship; all are welcome.

For more information, please visit skanpresby.org or call 685-5048.

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