The United Christian Church, 18 Searsmont Road/ Route 173, invites the public to an organ recital Sunday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. The recital will feature organist Ann McCullough, with a special guest performance by organist Ray Cornils.

McCullough started playing the organ in the Chicago area at age 13. She has studied with Linda Bryant at Grinnell College and Dean Billmeyer at the University of Minnesota. She currently studies with Cornils in Brunswick. McCullough has lived in Maine a little over two years, working at the Tanglewood Learning Center. She has enjoyed being the organist at the United Christian Church during that time. This fall, she will begin graduate studies at Boston University for occupational therapy.

McCullough will perform works by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude, John Stanley, Leon Boellmann, Michael Burkhardt and others. This is her final performance at the church before she leaves for Boston.

"We're all going to miss Ann's wonderful talents. She has expanded our appreciation of classical organ music and has brought out the very best of our 2008 Rodgers Masterpiece Trillium Customized 788,” said church music director Mary Schulien.

Schulien added the Organ Scholarship Fund has enabled McCullough to continue her training with Cornils as well as give lessons to Clayton Clemetson, a promising young pianist from Belfast.

Cornils is the Municipal Organist for the City of Portland's Kotzschmar Organ and the Minister of Music for the First Parish Church (UCC) in Brunswick, as well as on the music staff at Bowdoin College, the University of Southern Maine and Portland Conservatory of Music.

The church, which was built in 1821, is fully handicapped accessible. Free will donations will benefit the Music Scholarship Fund. A reception will follow the recital. For more information, call Schulien at 785-3521.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.