Forest Home Chapel
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
United Methodist Church, Ithaca New York

Our Staff

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The Reverend Rebecca Dolch











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Maria Rabbia, MA

Music Director

Maria is a 2018 Master’s Degree graduate of Ithaca College, specializing in Collaborative Piano, or piano as part of a larger group of voices and instruments. She has just returned from a summer in Germany on an elite music program, learning to work with opera singers, and also teaches piano and directs small groups.

Maria will accompany the worship service through September 2, and will lead the Chapel Choir when it resumes on September 9.




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Merilee Nord, Organist

Serving as the Chapel's Music Director for over 20 years, Merilee Nord stepped down in 2018 to focus on Chapel organ music, private piano students and collegiate teaching duties. She will be working with our new Music Director Maria Rabbia, to produce exceptional music at the Chapel with the help of several fine Ithaca College vocalists.  

During Merilee's tenure as our music director, she thrilled and delighted us with her musicianship and choral leadership, led us as a congregation to sing well to please God, contributed so much to our musical literacy, and most importantly, helped us to connect to the Sacred through her deep connection to that which is sacred in music.

Merilee will continue as Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at The Ithaca College School of Music, specializing in Music Theory. Professor Nord is an active piano teacher in the community, as a member of Music Teachers National Association (M.T.N.A), New York State Music Teachers Association, the National Federation of Music Teachers, Tompkins County Music Teachers Associated, and the American College of Musicians.  She has earned state and national certification through M.T.N.A.


Chapel Leadership

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