Written by Betsy Taylor Calender

Meet our church Choir Director, Lauren Fisher.  I doubt there are many out there who do not knowwho she is, but let’s really find out who she is and where she comes from.

Lauren has been attending St. Bartholomew’s church since 1994 (at the age of 7!)

When I interview the parishioners for this article, I ALWAYS ask them what is their favorite thing about this church.  It seems consistently that the answer ends up being the “people” or as Lauren said, the “congregation” because she feels as though they are her family. Her creativity in highlighting the choir’s ability, as well as the beautiful music she makes, either on the organ or the piano, is both a joy and a gift to St. Bartholomew’s. And one talent for which we are forever grateful.

When asked what “type” of music she prefers to listen to, it comes as no surprise that she likes different genres, but that sacred choral music is her favorite, including Handel’s Messiah and Faure’s Requiem.  

Being a life-long resident of Montgomery County, Lauren has grown up in this community, living with her mom, dad and twin brother, Travis. When she was 7 years old, she wanted to grow up to be a writer.  However, as a junior in high school she began to direct the youth choir at St. Bartholomew’s and it had a profound influence on her life.  She went to college for music education and has never looked back.  Her “day” job is teaching 600 students as an elementary general music teacher, as well as sponsoring chorus and drama club after school. And for those who don’t know, as our music director, Lauren holds choir practice every Thursday night, AND she also comes to the church to practice playing the organ and piano on her own time (does this girl ever sleep?????)

At the end of July, Lauren will be returning to the Seven Oaks Retreat Center in Madison, Virginia for a teacher retreat.  She attended this retreat before and had such an amazing time, that she cannot wait to return.

I always ask the following question because I think it’s an important part of life to remember that we all grow up in different ways and at different times of our lives: If you could go back in time what advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Lauren summed it up so eloquently when she talked about how important grades are/are not within the grand scheme of things – her answer was this: “When I was 18, I was the kind of college student who would cry over an A-. I would definitely tell my 18-year-old self that no one cares about your class rank or GPA 10 years after college.  It will only matter what you learned and how you used it.” So true, Lauren, so true!

Her favorite motivational quote from John Wesley:

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

Remember people – Life is VERY short. I believe John Wesley AND Lauren are right!