Nancy Rexford and Charles Turner, Music Directors
Nancy Rexford began studying piano at the age of five. She developed an interest in accompanying in her teens and has loved working with other musicians ever since. She accompanied voice students at the University of Iowa and at Smith College and has served as a church organist on and off since 1975. She has written a number of anthems for church choirs and a song cycle called Prayers from the Ark, set to poems by Carmen Bernos de Gastold as translated by Rumer Godden.
Charles Turner grew up in northwest Iowa, and decided to become a composer while still in high school. He has an undergraduate degree in vocal music performance from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in music theory and composition from U Mass Amherst. Charles has been music director at UCC and Methodist churches in Hadley, Northampton and Danvers, Massachusetts. He has directed a community choir in New Hampshire and does occasional solo work in the Boston area.
Charles is a long-time member of Cantata Singers of Boston and Capella Alamire of New Hampshire. His music has been performed by a number of Boston-area groups and soloists. His chamber opera ‘Paper or Plastic’ was included in the ‘Outside the Box’ festival on Boston Common in 2013. Most recently his piece ‘Bartok Variants’ was premiered in February 2018 by the Gordon College Concert Band. Charles and wife Nancy are members of the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI), a group of musical theater writers, and Charles is president of Triad: Boson’s Choral Collective, which performs recently composed choral music.
Ms. Mary Jane Clark, Parish Administrator
Mary Jane Clark is responsible for the many groups that use the church facility. The primary focus is on keeping the operation of our church programs running smoothly by supporting the church staff and members as needed. She views her position as that of problem-solver/troubleshooter for over twenty-five years, but most importantly, hers is the first welcoming presence to greet visitors to the church office. When asked about her responsibilities, she good-naturedly replies that her tasks run the gamut from keeping parishioners informed through the monthly newsletter or ordering maintenance supplies and everything in between. Mary Jane has been an active member of our faith community for the past fifty years! Mary Jane's email is firstname.lastname@example.org