Today I completed about 25 years at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Palos Verdes Estates, CA. This is the longest I will be at any church, and is likely to be the longest organist tenure for this particular parish. I worked with three of the church’s four rectors, several associates, and two interims. I played for untold numbers of weddings and funerals.
Of course I have many deep roots there, and many memories of the place and the people. And the vast majority are positive and uplifting!
I want to acknowledge and thank all those who have expressed their sadness that I am leaving and wished me well. And more broadly to those I worked with directly: my choir singers of all ages, and the parents of the choir kids, who got them to the rehearsals and services (I was there long enough to see at least two of my choir kids recently bear children of their own!).
It’s been a good run. Now, onward!