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Music at the Dorset Church

Often the job of Music Director is seen as Choir Director, but it is really more than that. It is my hope that everyone participates in the music of the church, whether just listening and following along with the words, or singing, loudly or softly, on key or off! My good friends in the choir know that our job is to encourage that participation, and hopefully leave you with a message that stays in your heart long after leaving the building. My goal is to showcase a variety of musical styles that speak the message of the Church and, in turn touch each of our hearts in different ways. As the song goes: “All God’s Critters have a place in the choir”

~Tom Salmon

View from the bench


As I sit here in the sanctuary, looking out at your smiling faces (photographs mounted on sticks, in your usual seats) I am reminded daily of how blessed we all are to have a community of friends in faith. We are all finding new ways to communicate that friendship and caring towards each other, and suddenly we are reaching out beyond the walls of the church and connecting with friends and family all over the world. My parents in Pennsylvania now regularly worship with us on Sundays and sing with us at our Thursday night hymn sings.  I hope that you are enjoying these resources and the short videos that I have been making from inside the church. They are therapy for me, as well. Your comments and appreciation keep me feeling connected. As a church musician, I am accustomed to finishing a piece to silence, rather than applause and I look forward to feedback that sometimes comes long after the performance. Although isolation can be tough, I thank God for good health and the opportunity to dig deeper into the musical wellspring and reach out in new and exciting ways. I am continuing to plan for the time when we will feel safe to worship as a group again, but I am glad for this ability to keep in touch through technology.

Music for Kids

You're In Trouble

Lean On Me: A Boomwhacker Tribute to Bill Withers

All God's Critters Got a Place in the Choir

Selections on the Piano

Be Thou My Vision arranged by David Hamilton

Waltz in E flat by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

There is a Balm in Gilead

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Our House

Irish Blessing By Bob Chilcott

Maple Leaf Rag

Don't get around much anymore

His Eye Is on the Sparrow 

Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley

See Tom's salsa version of  “Wonderful Words of Life” by Phillip Bliss, David Hamilton, arr.

She's like the swallow- Nancy Telfer

Sonata in G major by Franz Josef Haydn on the piano

Selections on the Organ

Vater unser im Himmelreich

Sonata in G major by Franz Josef Haydn on the organ

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