Hear ye! Hear ye! Handbell director retires

Active in church music for more than half a century, Jane Pflieger rang in a new chapter in her career 15 years ago as the first director of the handbell choir at Tabor Lutheran Church in Kane.She now is retiring from the post.“It is with mixed emotions that I retire as handbell director at the church,” Pflieger said. “Throughout my music ministry, I have endeavored to serve God.”Thus ends a 52-year career in church music for the wife of the Rev. David Pflieger of Kane.Pflieger has served as music director at several churches, including the Springs Road Baptist Church in Hickory, N.C. and the Conley Springs Baptist Church in Conley Springs, N.C.While her husband was attending the Pacific Lutheran Seminary in Berkeley, Calif., Pflieger directed three choirs at the First United Methodist Church in Alameda, Calif. She also served as the organist at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Richmond, Calif.Pflieger has been active with music programs in several churches and communities in Pennsylvania.She formed and directed the combined choirs for the 125h anniversary of South Heidelberg Township in Wernersville. She wrote a choral composition for the celebration entitled “A Place To Share A Dream.”Pflieger also formed and directed the area-wide adult choir in Curwensville. This group performed Christmas and Easter cantatas, she said.Pflieger directed the area-wide youth choir in New Tripoli. Her musical work—“Tell It Like It Is”—was presented at the Allentown Fair.During her long career in church music, Pflieger has been the organist and choir director at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Denver, Pa. She also directed the adult and youth handbell choirs at the church.Before moving to Kane, Pflieger served as the director of music at the Frieden’s Lutheran Church in Myerstown, Pa. The church music program included two choral choirs and two handbell choirs.See full article by purchasing the May 14 edition of The Kane Republican.