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Katherine Crosier, Organist 1978–2012

Kathy Crosier bedecked with lei on her final Sunday at LCH

Organist Kathy Crosier, bedecked in lei, at the organ on her final Sunday at LCH.

After almost 35 years of faithful service from the organ bench, Kathy Crosier, retired on December 25, 2012.

Kathy became LCH organist in May 1978, but her first performance at the church was for Bach Cantata 67 in May of 1975. Over the years she played for hundreds of worship services and scores of concerts.

In addition to her involvement with the main music program, Kathy has been key to the musical development of young people. When her son was small, she directed music for the LCH Sunday School. And later her company, The Laser’s Edge, purchased the Orff instruments that are still used by the F.R.O.G.S. Choir and Chamber Orchestra. More recently, she has become known across the island for teaching organ to young people.

Kathy has always enjoyed working behind the scenes, so it is no surprise that her involvement with the church has not been confined to the organ bench. In fact, even before she was hired as organist, she sewed twelve cottas (vestments) for the choir. Besides serving on the Worship and Music Committee, she has been a part of the Preschool Board and the Communications Committee. She even took a grant writing class in 2000 so that she could help the church get grants to remodel the kitchen and bathrooms and purchase the continuo organ. The Laser’s Edge also paid for the relocation of the Nave rose window from behind the organ case to its present location behind the baptismal font.

Over the years, the church also benefitted from Kathy’s skill in doing page layout. Of course, there were many, many programs for music events. Particular mention must be made of the monumental program booklets for the St. Matthew and St. John Passions and the B-minor Mass. But she also did page layout for For Beer and the Bible, the centennial history of LCH; The HeartBeat, the church’s monthly newsletter; and all the publications for the 2004–2006 Capital Campaign.

Kathy also found a creative outlet in the In Stitches crafts group. Kathy completed seven different cushions that can be found around the Nave. These include cushions for the St. John Passion and the St. Matthew Passion.

In the last few years, Kathy has become “world famous” (with visitors from 131 countries!) for her blog, “Another Year of Insanity,” which began as a chronicle of husband Carl’s final year at LHC, continued to document the musical life of the church after Carl’s retirement, and transformed again after her own retirement into a blog of “musings from the organ bench.”

Kathy played her final service on Christmas Day 2012, but on her last Sunday (December 23, 2012) the congregation organized a “lei shower” so that members and friends of the congregation could show their appreciation for Kathy’s contributions over the years. Photos from that morning are available on the LCH Facebook page.

The congregation is planning a more elaborate celebration of Kathy’s years at LCH on April 14, 2013. More details coming soon.

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