Music Ministry First Pres. Church

Pictured: Kit Gordon, Youth Choir. Center: Ruth Rabby, Choir Director. Dr. Joe Musser, Organist. Right: Jennifer Thacker, Youth Bell Choir.

Ruth Rabby – Director of Music

Ruth, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, has been a professional musician her entire adult life as church organist, vocal soloist, choir/handbell director, and college voice teacher. Ruth is married to her husband Bo, they have 4 children together, and a gaggle of grandchildren.

Ruth has served as the church Choir Director at FPC for more than 30 years! She has a deep passion for music as a medium to honor God and shares that with our congregation. She loves inviting new voices into the choir.

Jennifer Thacker – Children’s Bell Director

Jennifer has been a member of FPC since 2004. She enjoys traveling with her husband and two sons, Will and Charlie. She has been playing handbells at church since she was in elementary school, and continues to play with the adult bell choir. She loves helping the youth of this church learn to play handbells and handchimes as it is a unique and special musical ministry that can last a lifetime!

Kit Gordon – Children’s Choir Director

Kit Gordon has been a member of FPC for 37 years. She has been a blessing to our congregation in many ways as our Youth Choir Director, Sunday School teacher, VBS volunteer, and as a Deacon…to name a few! Kit is married to her husband Steve, they have 5 children, and a growing bunch of grandchildren.

Joe Musser – Organist

Joseph Musser received his B.A. from Union College (Schenectady, NY), and his M.A. and Ph.D. (English literature) from the University of Virginia. A Professor of English at Ohio Wesleyan, Mr. Musser served for 23 years as chair of the English Department. He is president of Ohio Wesleyan’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. From 1989 to 1992 he was the Spencer Professor of Literature, and in 2010 he received the Bishop Herbert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award.

Dr. Musser studied organ with Hugh Allen Wilson at Union College and with Charles Bradley in Charlottesville, VA. He served as accompanist for the Union College Glee Club and for the Charlottesville-Albemarle Choral Society. He began serving as a church organist when he was a junior in high school, and has been organist at the First Presbyterian Church here in Delaware for 26 years. Mr. Musser’s compositions include organ chorales and partitas; anthems; a cello sonata; several trios for flute, bassoon, and piano; a duo for horn and cello; a recorder quartet; and processionals for organ and brass quintet.

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