Rachel Spry Lammi is organist at Kettering Seventh Day Adventist Church, a private organ teacher, a published composer, and soprano. As the organist at Kettering, she accompanies the adult vocal and children’s vocal choirs, plays organ (percussion and clarinet and sometimes piano/keys) with the Praise Orchestra (a wind ensemble), plays organ (and sometimes bells/chimes) with the Kettering Adventist Ringers, plays organ with the string ensemble, and accompanies soloists and ensemble pieces with the praise teams for the contemporary service. There are about 12 concerts a year by the church groups; all services and most concerts are live streamed.
Her recent Family Concert at Kettering on October 28, 2018 featured the following program:
A Mighty Fortress JK Paine
Noah’s Ark, an organ sonata Larry Visser This includes the church children’s choir singing and acting out the drama. Costumes and staging included.
Andantino in D minor Edward Lemare
Prelude Fugue and Variation Cesar Frank
Toccata and Fugue in D minor JS Bach This includes lighting effects and fog machine and hopefully one of the pastors as the phantom
The concert included a PowerPoint presentation, education about the organ and the music performed, and an offering to support organ maintenance.
Rachel holds a Bachelor of Music in organ performance with a voice minor from Ball State University, a Masters of Music in Sacred Music from Duquesne University, and 20 credits in theological studies through Trinity Lutheran Seminary and Select Online. Rachel has studied organ with Phyllis Warner, Dr. Kirby Koriath, Dr. Ann Labounsky, David Craighead, and Dr. David Crean. She is a Deacon in the ELCA, currently on family leave from call to care for daughter Rose. Rachel is a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, active in the Dayton Chapter American Guild of Organists (Organ Academy Chair), and a performing member of the Dayton Music Club. Rachel has sung with the Pittsburgh Compline Choir and Bach Society of Dayton.