Mr. Stewart W. Foster announces new position
This email comes to you to announce that our Organist-in-Residence, Stewart W. Foster, has submitted his letter of resignation from First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. Mr. Foster has accepted a position as Director of Music and Organist at The Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida. His last day on the organ bench at First Church will be Sunday, May 19, 2013.
Since October 2005, Mr. Foster has been Organist-in-Residence for First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and has delighted and fascinated the many audiences attending our concerts and weekly worship services. His artistry and masterful playing have been a huge source of inspiration over the years, and he will be sorely missed.
We will begin conducting a search for an new Organist in the weeks to come, but for now, our Assistant Organist, Ms. Jaebon Hwang, will assume Mr. Foster's current duties upon his leaving, including playing for our weekly worship services, as well as the weekly Prelude on The Great Organs.
On a personal note, I have very much enjoyed working with Stewart. I will miss him greatly. He will leave First Church with our gratitude and admiration, and I encourage you to join me in wishing him the very best as he closes this chapter of his life and begins an exciting new one.
R. Scott Colglazier
Mr. Stewart W. Foster's Letter of Resignation
April 15, 2013
Dear Dr. Colglazier,
With a heavy heart, I submit my resignation as Organist-in-Residence of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. My last Sunday “on the bench” will be Sunday, May 19, 2013. While it is difficult to leave this fantastic instrument and so many wonderful people, I am excited to have been chosen as the new Director of Music and Organist of the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida.
For seven years, I have had the privilege to play one of the world’s greatest pipe organs on a daily basis. I have poured countless hours into performing the most grand and glorious organ music I could find, and also to its care and maintenance. It has also been a joy to work with the choir so ably led by Dr. Jonathan Talberg, who has imparted many new and effective ideas to me. I am excited to share these new ideas with the singers who will be under my direction in my new position.
It has also been a pleasure to see the renaissance of FCCLA under the leadership of Dr. R Scott Colglazier. His compassion and creativity are revitalizing the spirit of this church, and I have no doubt that it will continue to rise to even greater heights. I wish I could be in two places at one time! Rev. Ryan and Shanna Steitz have also been so supportive in the establishment of the Friends of the Great Organs, which due to their excellent leadership, has had a banner debut year.
I plan to make several trips back to California in the coming year for previously arranged engagements, so rest assured I would be happy to help in any way possible to ensure a great future for organ music for FCCLA.
Thank you for all you have given me, and please pray for me as I embark on a new chapter of my life, and I will certainly keep FCCLA in my prayers as well.
It has been a pleasure in every way.
Stewart Wayne Foster