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Young musician keeps in tune with parishoners

December 11, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HANCOCK - Growing up in St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, Daniel Weatherholt knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in music.

That dream has come true.

Weatherholt, 24, is the new organist/adult choir director at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans.

He graduated from Frostburg University this year with a degree in music performance.

"I started with piano lessons when I was 6, and then the organ at 12," Daniel said.

His mother, the Rev. Anne Weatherholt, said her son couldn't wait until his legs were long enough to reach the organ pedals.

Since 1993, Anne Weatherholt has been pastor of the church where her son now plays the organ for the 9 and 11 a.m. services each Sunday and for adult choir rehearsal on Thursday evenings.

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At St. Thomas', Daniel Weatherholt played under the supervision of his father, the Rev. Allan Weatherholt.

"I grew up in Hancock, and all that time, I was side by side with my dad," Daniel said. "Now, for the first time, I'll be working with Mom."

Daniel began his studies with Mark King at St. John's Episcopal Church in Hagerstown. While in college, he served a number of Episcopal churches, including St. John's in Frostburg and St. Peter's in Lonaconing.

"I'm on top of the world when I am at the keyboard," he said.

From his earliest memories, it was the music of the church that stirred his faith, Weatherholt said.

He and his wife, Katie, met at Frostburg. They married in October and live in Hagerstown.

Anne Weatherholt said she is glad not only that her son has found a church but that it is her church.

"When Daniel was young and had a bad day, he would go to the church and play, and he'd be fine," she said.

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