When Marsha Hall started in 1978 as the United Church of Rowayton’s new choir director, she had no idea how long she would stay. She found a home and a career there, and she stayed for an incredible 45 years. Recently, she announced her intention to retire.
She started playing piano when she was six and started holding church positions when she was only 13. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music and the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music.
Marsha taught in the Norwalk Public Schools for 37 years as choir director at Norwalk High School, conductor of the Brien MacMahon High School’s Chamber Singers, and Roton Middle School music teacher.
She has toured as both director and accompanist for choirs traveling in Europe and the former Soviet Union, guest conducted for Connecticut festivals, serves as a handbell ringer in the Jubilate Ringers, and serves on the Board of Wilton’s Music on the Hill.
At the United Church of Rowayton, Marsha started working with the senior choir and was soon asked to be the church’s Director of Music. She started directing the children’s choir and introduced both adult and youth handbell choirs. Her senior choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, and the adult handbell choir recently rang in a Music on the Hill mini-concert.
Dr. Gwyneth Walker was commissioned to compose “A Glad New Song” to honor Marsha when she celebrated her 40th year in the church.
Thinking about the time spent at UCR, Marsha said, “I believe longevity in a job is a combination of several factors. For me, the music program was always supported with dedicated, hard-working singers and ringers, the church generously funded the music programs, and I was supported by a loving and caring congregation who truly cared about me and my family.”
On Sunday, November 19, the United Church of Rowayton will honor Marsha during its 10:15 am service and at the Fellowship Hour that follows.