Meet Our Music Director (Organydd)
Meet our Music Director Print E-mail
Music Directory Ms. Mary Nelson

The Welsh Congregation of New York City is pleased to have Ms. Mary Nelson as its Music Director as of September 14, 2014.

Mary is a native of Minnesota. She began her church music career in the seventh grade. In addition to playing for Lutheran services, she played the German service once a month!

Mary holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters’ Degree in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the Hartt School of Music and has done additional post graduate work at the Laudinella Institute in Switzerland and at the Julliard School.

Mary has held organ positions in the Midwest, Northeast, and prior to coming to Rutgers Presbyterian Church, she was also an assistant organist at the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in NYC. Mary teaches Choral and Classroom Music full time at the Fairfield Country Day School in Connecticut.

Mary's husban, Jim (James Balmer) is not a stranger to Eglwys y Cymry, having attended services with Mary. They have traveled in Wales, including St. David’s City, to explore Jim’s Welsh background and look forward to returning soon! A native of Pennsylvania, Jim’s grandfather was a coal miner. Jim holds a B.A., M.A. and is in the dissertation phase of his Doctorate in Music from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

Children's Choir Print E-mail

The Welsh Congregation is joining with Rutgers Presbyterian Church in an exciting project: a children's choir launched as an after school program in September of 2014.

If you have children, grandchildren or friends with children, please tell all about it.

The plan is that the choir will include Welsh music in their repertoire (choir director Mary Nelson has already chosen a Welsh favorite, "The Prayer of Eli Jenkins.") 

 The choir will sing a couple of times during the year during services at Rutgers Church and also, for our Welsh Congregation. Hopefully, as the choir grows, the Children's Choir will perform at festivals and (who knows?) maybe, even make it over to Wales! 

Here is the link to full the information on the Rutgers Church website: Anouncing the New York West Side Children and Youth Choirs.

Welcome Mary Nelson Print E-mail

The Welsh Congregation of New York City officially welcomed Ms. Mary Nelson as its new musical director at the worship sevice of September 14, 2014!

If you have not yet done so, please seek her out to welcome her at the next worship.