To everything there is a season, a season of change -- this holds true for the congregation of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church when they lost their organist, Miriam Stein who retired after 20-plus years of devoted service to St. Paul.
While the congregation greatly misses Stein's presence at the pipe organ, they were recently blessed to have another local Newcomerstown resident and gifted organist, Timothy Marlatt to accept the organist position. Marlatt will officially begin his organist duties on Jan. 1, 2016.
Marlatt is well-known with some of his organ recitals held at various local churches. On Nov. 1, there was an organ concert featuring Marlatt.
Marlatt is a 1980 Newcomerstown High School graduate. He is the son of Garry and Sue Marlatt. His musical roots extend back to his childhood days when his parents were members of the Christ United Methodist Church choir. The church's pastor, the late Rev. Ray Snyder and the church's organist, Nelle Lehman, were some of his early supporters for him to pursue his love of music and playing the piano/organ.
From 1979-1982 Marlatt served as substitute organist at Christ United Methodist. He also held a similar position as co-organist with the First Presbyterian Church in 1982.
Marlatt is no stranger to St. Paul as in 1983-84 he was appointed as the organist, and choir director, a position he held for 10 years. It was during that time under the pastorate of Rev. William O. Calvert that Marlatt developed an appreciation of hymns and church liturgy.
Marlatt also is a long-time employee with Baker's (Baker's IGA) Management, Inc. Marlatt is a member of the American Guild of Organists. He has taken Master Organist classes with Diane Bish and Paul Manz. In his spare time, Marlatt also teaches piano lessons on a private pay basis.