October 2019

posted Oct 16, 2019, 9:12 AM by Lee Church   [ updated Oct 16, 2019, 9:13 AM ]

Join the Choir

Fall music is off to a great start here in Lee! I’m thrilled with all the work the choir members have been putting in and I think we’re sounding great. I’ve truly enjoyed the start of my time here and I would love the chance to get to share the joy of singing with more people.

    If you have any singing background, enjoy music, or have any interest in learning more about what we do, we would love to have you join us! Everyone is welcome to attend our Thursday night rehearsals from 7:00-8:30pm. Even if you are unable to attend every week, we would love to have you with us for the times you’re available. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the church office. Hope to see you in a rehearsal soon!


Welcome Our New Music Staff

posted Oct 16, 2019, 9:11 AM by Lee Church

Hello Lee CC,

My name is Sheri O’Day and I am very grateful to begin serving as your church accompanist.

This all began when I was nine years old and was asked to accompany all the Sunday school classes at my church, eventually filling in as a
summer organist in high school and as an accompanist for church choir director friends in college where I graduated with degrees in Applied
Piano and Music Education.

I have been an elementary music teacher for the past sixteen years at Maple Wood in Somersworth where I live.

I have three grown sons and an adorable grandbaby named Brody.

I’m looking forward to meeting all of you!

Choirs Director:

Hi everyone!

My name is Colleen Macdonald and I will be joining Lee Church Congregational this September as the new Choir Director. I’m originally from Foxboro, Massachusetts and I am now a Music Education major at the University of New Hampshire. Currently in my senior year, I have put an emphasis on vocal and choral studies in college. At the University, I have been a singer with the University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers since the beginning of my freshman year, as well as participating in the University Opera production for two semesters This past Spring I began studying advanced choral conducting and have had the opportunity to work with the Chamber Singers and
conduct the group in performances. This fall, I will also be working with the Concert Choir and Treble Choirs at UNH, along with the Rockingham Choral Society. Outside of UNH I have also worked at various summer music camps for students entering grades 5 through college.

I’m very excited to be joining the community of Lee Church Congregational and am very grateful for the opportunity! I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting a few people and I’m overwhelmed by how kind and welcoming everyone has been. I’m eager to meet everyone and am looking forward to the year ahead! If you have any questions for me or are interested in singing with the choir, please don’t hesitate to contact me! Our first choir rehearsal will be held on September 12th from 7:00-8:30pm.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone!

Colleen Macdonald
Lee Church Congregational Choir Director



October 2018

posted Nov 2, 2018, 9:53 AM by Lee Church



The Youth Choir and Senior Bell Choirs both have openings for ringers!! 

YOUTH:  Children in fourth grade and up are encouraged to join the Youth Bell Choir.  We have current openings for kids who would like to learn to read music, work as a team and create great music!  Rehearsals start on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 6:00PM in Fellowship Hall.  The commitment is Tuesday evenings from 6-7PM and ringing in one church service a month (will not interfere with Sunday School).  Let us know you are interested by contacting Sally Barney in person, by phone (659-5857) or by email ( 


SENIOR CHOIR:  We have openings in the senior choir for more ringers!  If you read music (experience from High School counts) and can count to four we need you!!  This is a fun group of ringers who love getting together to praise God through music.  Choir starts on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9th at 7:00 – 8:30PM in Fellowship Hall.  The commitment is to attend rehearsals and ring in Church once per month.  High school students who read music and adults of any age are encouraged to give bell ringing a try!  Contact Sally Barney and let her know you are interested.  659-5857 or


Invitation and Introduction

posted Sep 7, 2018, 10:57 AM by Lee Church

“To sing is to pray twice” is a quote which you may have heard before. It is widely attributed to St. Augustine, though no concrete evidence exists to support this. However, if I were St. Augustine, I would welcome this quote’s misattribution. We have a gift in music and song like few others; it allows us to access a level of praise and thanksgiving that is enhanced by aesthetic and catharsis. It feels good to sing. For some of us, it can be difficult to express the outpouring of emotion that we feel in praise for God. Music in worship gives us the opportunity to praise God in a loud voice and feel no awkwardness or shame. The Lord empowers us to respond through music in the Bible: in Ephesians, Paul urges Christians to sing “…hymns and spiritual songs,” and the prophet Zephaniah wrote that God “rejoices over us with singing.” The Bible even provides a treasure-trove of glorious musical prayers of the Psalms.

I write this to encourage anyone interested to join the Sr. Choir or Praise Team at Lee Church. Rehearsals for both will begin Thursday, September 6, 2018 (Praise Team 6:00 – 7:00 PM, Sr. Choir 7:00 – 8:30 PM). I would love to talk to you about music at Lee Church. If you play an instrument, I would love to talk to you about opportunities to play in worship as well. Please email me favazza (at), or feel free to call me or text me. My cell phone number is 901-246-5817. There is a spot for anyone who wants to participate in the Praise Team or Sr. Choir. You may think that you can’t sing well or read music, but I promise, if you can tell the difference between up and down and black and white, you are farther ahead than you think!

For those of you who do not know me yet, my name is Alex Favazza. I am the new Sr. Choir and Praise Team director here at Lee Church. My wife Melanie and I are thrilled to be here in New Hampshire. I am the new Director of Choral Activities at the University of New Hampshire. I originally hail from Memphis, TN, and Melanie is from Biloxi, MS. However, we just moved from Tallahassee, Florida where I received my PhD from Florida State University. We now live in Dover and love it up here! I look forward to meeting everyone at Lee Church.


Alex Favazza
Sr. Choir and Praise Team Director


posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:44 AM by Lee Church

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Youth Bell Choir:  I hope you have all heard our Youth Bell Choir play this year.  They have done an amazing job.  Playing with a limited number of ringers increases the difficulty, but our two choir members Elijah Mariacher and Josiah Mariacher met that challenge head on.  Thank you to Elijah and Josiah for your commitment to the choir.  Please think about encouraging your child or grandchild in grades 4 and up to join the choir starting in September.  Youth Bell Choir teaches children how to read music, and how to play as a part of a group; we would love to have more children join us.  We practice on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-7:00PM and play once a month in church.  No experience is required and you or your family does not have to be members of the church for your child to join. Look for the start-up announcement in the August Open Door.  

SENIOR BELL CHOIRWhat an amazing year this has been for the Lee Church Senior Bell Choir.  We have had a record number of ringers come forward which has allowed us to play a wide variety of music.  We loved playing the upbeat piece Rock-a My Soul for the Music Jubilee; that piece was done entirely with mallets.  We were moved to tears this Palm Sunday when we played the deeply moving piece The Cross which was beautifully narrated by Jim Myers.  None of this would have been possible without our amazing ringers and our substitutes:  Lynda DuVall, Hayley Evans, Marian Kelsey, Georgia Kerns, Gail Kindberg, Linda MacKay, Barbara Mariacher, Faith Mariacher, Hope Mariacher, Shealyn Pare, Linda Reinhold, Rosemary Salkovitz, Phyllis White, and Richard Von Oeyen.  Thank you ringers for an amazing year!  What a blessing you are to this Church when you raise your bells in praise!!

THANK YOU:  Shealyn Pare and Hope Mariacher were in my very first Youth Bell Choir here at the Lee Church; they were in the 4th grade.  Little did I know that we would be ringing together right up through their senior year in high school. I am very proud of these two young women for their commitment to our music program.  We are so blessed to have had them ringing with us; thank you!  Hope is joining the Navy and Shealyn is off to UNH; best wishes to you both in your future 



Handbell Choir Plays on May 20, 2018

posted May 1, 2018, 11:26 AM by Lee Church   [ updated May 1, 2018, 11:26 AM ]

Our Handbell choir plays at the 8:30 service on Pentecost Sunday, May 20. 


posted Apr 2, 2018, 9:18 AM by Lee Church

The Youth and Senior Bell Choirs have had the opportunity to praise God through their music a number of times this winter. From the Music Jubilee for the celebration of our church’s 150th Anniversary, through Christmas and now into Lent and Easter our musicians are enhancing our church services with their musical offerings.

I can’t say enough great things about Elijah and Josiah Mariacher who have stepped forward to ring in the Youth Choir this year.  With many of our high school ringers singing in the voice choir or ringing in the Senior Handbell Choir it has shifted the numbers in our Youth Choir. This unique challenge has been met head on by Elijah and Josiah who are learning a lot and producing beautiful music for our services.  Thank you boys!  Next fall I hope more of our young people will join us in learning to play bells.

A big thank you goes out to Sheila Bennion, Lynda DuVall, Haley Evans and Pastor Gail who answered the call for substitute ringers. Who knew there was so much handbell talent sitting in our pews.  I bet there is more!!  Thank you Sheila, Gail, Haley and Lynda.



Congratulations to Lee Church handbell ringer Shealyn Paré who has been selected to ring with the 2018 National Honors  Handbell  Ensemble.  The ensemble is composed of 30 outstanding youth handbell ringers from across the country.  This auditioned choir will be under the direction of renowned composer and director Kevin McChesney.  Shealyn was first selected for this honor in 2015 as a high school sophomore.  Shealyn has rung with the Lee Church Ringers since starting with our Youth Handbell Choir in fourth grade.  Congratulations Shealyn!


September 2016

posted Aug 26, 2016, 11:26 AM by Lee Church

Greetings and happy fall!  Choir rehearsals will restart on Thursday, September 15th, from 7-8:30.  All are welcome and no experience is necessary. We are always excited to welcome new members.  Please contact me with any questions (roxanneleeoconnor [at] gmail (dot) com).  I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who provided special music over the summer.  We are so blessed to have such talent in and around our congregation.  I am looking forward to singing with you this year!

Roxanne O’Connor


October 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:50 AM by Lee Church

Greetings from the choirs!  

We hope you are enjoying your fall.  I would like to once again invite anyone who has an interest in singing to try out Senior Choir.  We meet Thursday's from 7-8:30 in the Sanctuary, and we enjoy some wonderful fellowship as well as getting ready for singing in worship.  Please contact me if you have any questions, or just come try it out! 

This fall we are going to try out a new structure for Junior Choir.  Rather than rehearsing on Thursday evenings, I am going to work with the kids on Sundays during the services.  There will be leadership opportunities for kids who love singing as well as non-singing options for any kids who are uncomfortable.  I hope the kids and the congregation both love it! 

As usual, don't hesitate to contact me at roxanneleeoconnor (at) gmail (dot) com or by calling the church office.  I'm always happy to discuss the music of the church! 

September 2015 Music & Choirs News

posted Oct 30, 2015, 7:48 AM by Lee Church

Music Committee        

 It’s hard to believe summer is winding down and vacations will be over.  But with that being said, it means all the musical members will be back at work!  Roxanne O’Connor is continuing as Junior and Senior Choir Director, Andrew Lefoley will be Praise Team Director as well as accompanist.  Jane Goodwin will continue as Junior and Senior Bell Director.  Thank you for all the wonderful staff!  We are truly blessed.

 And thank you for all the wonderful music that was provided by various members throughout the summer.  The Music Committee and congregation all reaped their many talents.



   All those who attended the bell program during Vacation Bible School did really well!  My thanks go to Clarissa, Sammie, Wyatt, Talia, Johnhenry, Brady, and Cole.  I really enjoyed working with all of you, and your performance at the final program, after only a half hour each day for four days, was just so cool!!  I was proud of you all!

   Junior Bell Choir will start again on Tuesday, September 15 with a new format.  VBS ringers who would like to continue with bells, and any other beginners, or almost beginners, will start at 6:00 pm.   We are all hoping that there will be even more children, who enjoy the sound of the bells, and can see what fun they are to ring, who will try them out by coming to practice.  The more people, the better the sound! 

   Members of last year’s Junior Bell Choir will join us at 6:30, unless they would like to help the newer ringers learn the basics at 6:00.   That would be really helpful!

   At 6:30 we will practice pieces for all to ring together.  Our experienced ringers will really be needed to help even more, but it will be fun for all! Our first Sunday to ring in church will be in October.

   Senior Bell Choir will start again on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 pm.  I am so looking forward to meeting with you all again, and have been choosing music which I hope you will all enjoy.  We,
also, have plenty of room for new members, but anyone interested will get along much faster if they already read music at least a little.  Did any of you play in band or orchestra in school?  That will do it!  I have heard some of you say how much you like the bells in church.  Aren’t you just a little bit tempted to try them?  Please join us October 6 and make our Senior Handbell Choir expand for an even better sound, and even more fun!! 

   It would help a lot in planning the first practices of the season if I know how many to expect in either choir, so please email me at penguinlongy (at) myfairpoint (dot) net, or call me at
603-362-5303 to sign up or to have any questions you may have answered.  I’d be happy to speak with you!

Jane Goodwin, Handbell Director 

Greetings from the choirs! 

We hope you have been enjoying all the summer musicians.  As summer music wraps up, we are excited to get started with choir again!  The first choir rehearsals will be on Thursday, September 10th.  Junior Choir will meet in the sanctuary from 5-6 pm, and Senior Choir will meet in the sanctuary from 7-8:30 pm.  New members are welcome, and no experience is necessary.  We would love to see you there!  Don't hesitate to email Roxanne at roxanneleeoconnor (at) gmail (dot) com with any questions. 

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