First Baptist Church of Newcomerstown is inviting the community to join in the dedication of their new organ.
The church is located at 135 S. River Street.
They will celebrate with an organ concert at 4 p.m. Jan. 5 with refreshments following the service of dedication. The new organ is an Allen Organ, Chapel series with three manuals and a midi. The organist for the concert will be Dixie Lee Hayes Heck, with vocal selections by her husband Walter Heck.
Dixie Hayes Heck graduated from Newcomerstown High School in 1960. In 1964, she received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Education from Muskingum University. She studied organ with Dr. Wilbur Schnitker and piano with Dr. Jack Peterson. Retired from teaching 31 years of elementary music, Heck is presently organist at Bexley United Methodist Church in Columbus. She is also an adjunct professor of organ and staff accompanist at Muskingum University. Since 2000, she has been pianist for summer productions of the Hilliard Arts Council. She has served as an accompanist on the staff of the all Ohio State Fair Youth Choir. She resides in Pataskala, with her husband, Walter.
Walter L. Heck received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Olivet Nazarene University and a Master of Music from Miami University of Ohio. He taught music 31 years in public schools in Ohio and as an assistant professor in the Music Department at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Heck has appeared as guest soloist in Handel's "Messiah," Dubois' "The Seven Last Words of Christ," Mozart's "Requiem" and Haydn's "Creation." Currently, he is a soloist in the Chancel Choir at Bexley United Methodist Church and is a former member of the Columbus Symphony Chorus in Columbus.
In 2008, Mr. and Mrs. Heck traveled with the Muskingum College Singers to Switzerland and Austria and participated in the International Choral Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland.
First Baptist has been privileged to host Dixie and Walter for two previous concerts.
This concert is open to the public.