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Composer Frederick Chatfield

Frederick Chatfield - Small Photo
b. 1951

Frederick Chatfield served as Director of Music and Organist of Christ United Methodist Church in Kettering, Ohio, a position he held for thirty years (1986-2016).  His prior appointments as Director of Music/Organist  were at the First United Church of Christ, Milford, Connecticut (1977-1986) and Newton Presbyterian Church, Newton, Massachusetts (1972-1977).

Mr. Chatfield holds a Bachelor of Music in Organ from New England Conservatory in Boston (1972) and a Master of Arts in Religion (Music and Worship) cum laude from Yale University (1985) where he was named the 1985 Hugh Porter Scholar.  His principle organ teachers have included Frank Mulheron, Charles Krigbaum, MirĂ©ille LagacĂ© and Thomas Murray.

In addition to his work at Christ Church, Kettering, Mr. Chatfield has performed with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Dayton Opera and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra.  He has served as Conference Choir Director and as Conference Organist for the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Mr. Chatfield was a faculty member of the Organ Academy of the American Guild of Organists, Dayton chapter and is a published composer.

Fred is married to Martha Chatfield and has two grown children, Colin and Christina.  One of his great enjoyments is his 1982 BMW R100RS motorcycle which he restored in the spring of 2006.  In retirement, Fred and Martha have moved to Richmond, Indiana.


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