WATERFORD — The Waterford Congregational Church has hired its first full-time music director to lead its choir, perform solos and plan musical events to enhance the church’s liturgical calendar.

Edward “Gabe” Gabrielsen, 52, of Norway officially begins his tenure Sunday, Nov. 8, at 15 Plummer Hill Road. Originally from Texas, he is a 15-year resident of Maine, a well-known vocal soloist and private music teacher in the Oxford Hills area.

Gabrielsen has expressed interest in growing the small choir and in starting a children’s choir. He will also plan special events and direct music for the holidays.

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