The United Christian Church has scholarship funds available to piano students who would like to learn to play the organ. The funds were generated as part of the Church Organ Legacy Fundraiser and set aside for the training of new church organists.

In October 2008, the church installed a Rodgers Masterpiece Trillium Customized 788 two manual organ. All who have played it have commented about its sound quality and versatility. Music director Mary Schulien said “Playing this state-of-the art instrument is instantly captivating.”

Lessons are available from professional organist Dorothy Koski, principal organist at the John Street United Methodist Church in Camden. Scholarship students will have the opportunity to study with Koski and play at Sunday morning worship services to a very receptive congregation.

“It’s exciting to offer this opportunity for students to learn a new lifetime skill which can also be a source of income. Many churches are now using recorded music or keyboardists because of the shortage of organists. We are committed to cultivating new talent,” said Schulien.

Students need basic piano skills and the ability to read music. Any one interested in exploring this program should contact Schulien by calling 785-3521.

The United Christian Church is located at 30 Searsmont Road/Route 173 in Lincolnville Center. The church, built in 1821, is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The minister is Rev. Susan Stonestreet. Services are held Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., and people of all faiths are welcome.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.