TELFORD — Doris Loux has been the organist at Trinity United Church of Christ in Telford for longer than most people are alive.
So why did the woman who started there in 1950 hang on to it for so long?
“I kind of feel like that’s why I’m here, that’s what I was supposed to do,” she said in an April 1 interview on the occasion. of his 92nd birthday.
“That’s my calling. That’s what I should be doing,” the Franconian resident said.
After starting piano lessons as a young child, she later went to Philadelphia for organ lessons and played the organ at the church she attended at the time, he said. she declared.
When she was 20, someone told her that Trinity needed an organist because whoever was there was retiring.
“I came here and played for a serve,” Loux said. “They said, OK, they’ll try.”
Some people thought, however, she said, that due to her young age and not being married yet, she probably wouldn’t be around for very long.
Obviously, she did.
“Music has been my life,” she said. “I am pleased to do so.”
Her daughter Karen Robinson said Loux spent a lot of time preparing music for church services.
“She chooses music that’s all about what the sermon will be,” Robinson said.
“There’s nothing haphazard about what my mom has done over the past 70 years to choose this music. It’s amazing how much time she puts into it,” she said, “and the care.”
Loux’s classical training also comes into play, Robinson said, with the chosen music consisting of both familiar hymns and classical music.
While many organists play the instrument as they would a piano, focusing primarily on playing with the hands on the keyboard, Loux does more, Robinson said.
“My mother is very adept at playing full organ,” she said, “with full foot register.”
Robinson, who now lives in the State College area, previously attended the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore when she lived there and at the time arranged for Loux to play the cathedral’s pipe organ .
“It’s one of the greatest pipe organs in the United States and she just made it sing,” Robinson said. “It was just fabulous.”
A celebration of Loux’s first 50 years of service was held at Trinity in 2000.
Another celebration was planned for 2020 to celebrate 70 years, but was later postponed due to the COVID pandemic.
This celebration took place, instead, on April 10, 2022 and celebrated 72 years. About 60 families and friends celebrated at a potluck lunch hosted by the women of Trinity, Robinson said.