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Christmas Organ Recital Series Returns To FUMC


Last updated 11/30/2020 at 4:27pm

The Beulah McMinn Zachary Organ Foundation of Brevard First United Methodist Church (FUMC) has announced the fifth annual Christmas Organ Recital Series for the community. The series will begin Dec. 4 and continue for three consecutive Fridays in December, with three different organists from Western North Carolina performing on the church’s beautiful Schantz pipe organ.

The recitals will each begin at 12:30 p.m and last 30-45 minutes. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the public is invited to watch a livestream of these outstanding organ recitals on the church Facebook page at

The Sanctuary Organ is a 28-rank pipe organ built by the Schantz Organ Company in 1958. The organ has been upgraded and enhanced throughout the years. Most recently in 2014, the organ was revoiced by organ builder Daniel Angerstein of Hendersonville. The Beulah McMinn Zachary Organ Foundation maintains the two pipe organs used at FUMC as well as the Robinson Harpsichord. The foundation also sponsors recitals and concerts for the benefit of the church and the community.

Timothy Shepard, director of music and organist at Brevard FUMC will present the first recital on Friday, Dec. 4, at 12:30 p.m. Each program will include some of the organist’s favorite Christmas music. Shepard will be playing seasonal favorites such as “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella,” “Sing We Now of Christmas,” and many more.

Shepard has been the director of music and organist at Brevard First United Methodist Church since 2008. He received a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Sacred Music from Emory University. He has been the director of music at churches in South Carolina and in Georgia.

Shepard has performed as an organist in recitals, with the Brevard Philharmonic Orchestra and at Brevard College. He is presently the dean of the Blue Ridge Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

The other two organists for the series are Tate Addis of First Baptist Church, Asheville, who will play Friday, Dec. 11, and Dr. Vance Yoder from Hendersonville First Baptist Church, who will finish the series on Friday, Dec. 18. All programs begin at 12:30 p.m.

Donations made to the Organ Foundation are always gratefully accepted, and can be made by check and mailed to Brevard First United Methodist Church, 325 North Broad St., Brevard, NC 28712. Indicate “Organ Fund” on the subject line.

For further information, visit the church Facebook page or contact the church office at (828) 884-9025.


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