The final program in the Noon Music in Lent 2010 Series at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., will take place Friday, March 26 in the church’s sanctuary. Jane Schroeder will play a program of 19th and 20th century French music composed for the organ by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Jean Langlais (1907-1991) and Cesar Franck (1822-1890).

Following the half-hour program in the church, all are invited to a homemade soup, bread and fruit lunch in the SunRoom.

Schroeder earned her bachelor’s degree in music at the College of New Jersey; spent her junior year in college as an exchange student at the University of Frankfurt, Germany; participated in the Organ Seminar in Haarlem, The Netherlands; and earned her master of sacred music degree at the School of Sacred Music at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where she studied with Vernon deTar. She has served parishes in New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Pennsylvania. In 1972, she came to Maine for the first time to camped with friends at Baxter and Acadia.

“I fell in love with Maine and knew that I wanted to live here someday. Thankfully, I did not know it would take until 2005 to get here; but now that I’m here, I’m home,” she said.

Schroeder has been Minister of Music at St. Thomas’ since spring 2007.

The free-will offering received will go to the people of Haiti recovering from the earthquake through the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund.

The Noon Music in Lent Series, started in 2007, is envisioned as providing a time apart, a sabbath time, for anyone in the community, followed by the opportunity to break bread and share a simple meal. All are welcome. All areas of the church are accessible through the Wood Street entrance.

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