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Marcia Hempel – Music Director / Organist

Music Director Marcia Hempel is a highly skilled organist with extensive training in choral direction for both children and adults.

Marcia has studied organ at the New England Conservatory, piano and voice at the Rhode Island Conservatory and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, to name just part of her broad and ongoing training. Her interests are eclectic ranging, as she puts it, “from Bach to Bernstein,” including the jazz organ! She also plays the guitar.

In addition to her church work, Marcia directs the Young Singers Program for ages 9-16, sponsored by the church. She conducts the Harwich Women’s Chorus, which she started in 2013, and accompanies the Victrola Chorus, which performs at nursing homes.  Prior to coming to First Church, Marcia was the founder, director and accompanist of the Nantucket Women’s Choir.

Dan Reynolds – Administrative Assistant


Dan spent his childhood on Block Island, RI, before relocating to the Cape in 2004. Dan has held administrative positions at a custom furniture workshop in Providence, RI, and at the Jewish Community of Amherst, MA – a synagogue and community space. Dan has also worked as a personal assistant to a UMass Amherst Professor Emeritus of History. In his free time, Dan enjoys reading, the outdoors, watching movies, and composing and playing music with friends.

Paul Frederickson – Sexton

Paul has served as our contracted Sexton at First Church since 2006. He enjoys his work and the people here.

Being the son of a long-time member, he grew up in this church and is knowledgeable about its buildings, campus and history.

A talented musician, he contributes to our Coffee House gatherings. Paul also works at the Cape Cod Technical High School.

He is married to Susan.