Mary Gilkeson McCleary Edit Profile
Bachelor of Music, Westminster Choir College, 1941. Organist, director St. Paul's Reformed Church, Sellersville, 1938-1941, The Congregational Church, Naugatuck, Connecticut, 1941-1944, 45-51, 60-71, 77-83, 85, 90-95. Organist Congregational Church, Painesville, Ohio, 1957-1958.
Organist, director First Baptist Church, Waterbury, Connecticut, 1974-1977. Organist, director United Church of Christ, Southbury, Connecticut, 1986-1990. Retired, 1990; teacher piano and organ, Naugatuck, 1941-1956, 58-77, organist, director First Congressional Church, Watertown, Connecticut, since 1996, director Naugabury Ringers, since 1996.
Certified clinician and massed ringing conductor English Handbells, 1988.
Composer compositions for handbells: Fanfare for Bells, 1972, Toccata in A Minor, 1976 (1st prize American Guild English Handbell Ringers), Rejoice and Be Glad 1st Prize, Area V, 1986.
Member American Guild Organists (dean Waterbury chapter 1968-1970), American Guild English Handbell Ringers, Inc. (chairman Area I 1972-1976, president 1979-1981, honorary life. Club: Women's Study (president 1955-1956, correspondent secretary 1985, Naugatuck).
Married Charles David McCleary, August 29, 1942. Children: Katharine Elizabeth McCleary Jacobi, Anne Forsythe, Charles Albert, Robert Steele.