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Emma Jean Moulton Announces Retirement from First Parish Milton

Emma Jean Moulton Announces Retirement from First Parish Milton

After 28 years of dedicated and gifted service to First Parish in Milton, UU, beloved musician, Emma Jean Moulton, has announced her retirement in June 2014.  Ms. Moulton, in her letter to the congregation,  said her “music ministry at First Parish has been, over the years, very fulfilling musically and spiritually, but the time has come for me to sit back and enjoy hearing others play the organ and lead the voices of the Meetinghouse Choir.”

She was first drawn to First Parish by the 3-manual Schlicker organ and directing the many fine, talented, dedicated people of the Meetinghouse Choir. 

Ms. Moulton has been active with the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network (UUMN) and in 2009 became a graduate of their first professional Music Leaders certification class. She participated on the planning committee when the UUMN conference met in Boston, and during that conference played the organ at Arlington Street Church and First Lutheran Church.

Emma Jean Moulton has organized, directed and played at a variety of anniversary events for both First Parish and the wider Milton community.

She organized a Children’s Recital both for the 70th and 75th anniversary of Children’s Church on the First Parish campus.  She helped organize the first “Thanks for Giving” service at St. Agatha’s Church.  She gave an organ recital at First Parish Meetinghouse at the time of the Town of Milton’s 325th anniversary.  Her brother, David Maxwell, wrote “Partita on “Old 124th”, based on the hymn tune for “Here We Have Gathered”, a favorite hymns. The partita was later published by Augsburg Fortress with the byline: “in celebration of the 325th anniversary of First Parish in Milton, Unitarian-Universalist, Milton, Massachusetts”.

At the time of Milton’s 350th anniversary, she gathered Milton music directors and choirs from 10 faith communities to form a Community Choir which she directed at First Parish.  With her brother Dennis Slaughter, they composed, “Our Glorious Milton” for Milton’s 350th (to the tune of Sine Nomine).

During her tenure at First Parish, Ms. Moulton served with seven settled and interim ministers.  She is looking forward to continuing her membership in the congregation after her retirement.

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