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New music director hopes to strike heavenly chord

January 02, 1998

By MARLO BARNHART

Staff Writer

On the plus side, David Loy touts his youth and energy as the new full-time director of music at The Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown.

But it would be nice if he had another hand, though, since the 29-year-old North Carolina native will also be playing the organ while he conducts the many choirs at the church.

"It's a very busy schedule with a full program of choirs for all ages," Loy said.

But he has been meeting his many obligations with enthusiasm since he began at the West Washington Street church in late September.

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"The first time music made my spine tingle, I knew that I wanted to give that feeling to others," Loy said.

There are two services each Sunday morning, both requiring Loy as choir director and organist.

The choirs include cherub for kindergarten through second grade; children's grades 3-8; and two adult choirs, Hosanna and Chancel.

The senior high choir is dubbed "Sunday Night Live," for grades 9-12.

"That name helps get the kids in the door," Loy said. He hopes his youth will help keep them coming, too.

And then there are the handbell and chimes choirs, Loy said.

"One of my goals is to have all ages involved in handbells and singing," Loy said. "They complement each other, teaching good rhythm."

Choir practices are Monday night at 7 for Hosanna; Wednesday night at 5 for both children's groups; and Thursday night at 6:30 for the bellringers, and 7:45 for the Chancel choir.

Loy came to The Presbyterian Church after earning his undergraduate music degree from Elon College in North Carolina and then his master's in choral conducting from the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

"There is a strong history of music at this church," Loy said. "I want to keep that going strong."

Loy said he is impressed with the musical talents displayed by the dozens of children, youth and adults who volunteer in the many musical groups at the church.

"We have a lot of fine soloists, good ensembles and well-blended choir voices," Loy said.

Goals include involving more people in the music ministry of the church and introducing new programs in the future with music that will encourage growth of skills.

"Maybe we'll look into starting a concert series or branching out into some countywide music programs," Loy said.

The son of Kathryn Loy and the late William David Loy I, Loy also is available to teach piano and voice to private students and can be contacted at the church.

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