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Rev. John Bell, Wesley pastor, thanked Chase for her service...

Musical retirement tribute: Surprise concert salutes 15-year Methodist music director

AURORA, Ill., Jan. 8, 2019–Lucinda “Cindy” Chase of Aurora was surprised Sunday (Jan. 6, 2018) with a concert by congregants at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora.
Chase had been invited to a reception marking her retirement as the church’s praise music director for 15 years.
Instead of relaxing in the audience, she was called to the stage in the Gathering Place room where she sang several numbers and played guitar. Pieces included “Twenty Naked Pentacostals in a Pontiac,” a Chase favorite.
Other performers were Chase’s sons Dan and Nathan, daughter-in-law Anna Chase, youth including a kids choir, a house bluegrass band and soloist Joe Rigaud of DeKalb.
Rev. John Bell, Wesley pastor, thanked Chase for her service and sang with the bluegrass band. Meredith Lindgren of Aurora, a band member and worship coordinator, recalled how she first met Chase in 2003 when Chase joined the church staff.
Chase thanked guests for the tribute, saying “I would have retired more often.”
A California native, Chase came to Aurora in 1973 as a student at Aurora College, now Aurora University. After earning a bachelor’s degree in 1977, she taught piano in the area and was also a singer, songwriter and recording artist.
Refreshments concluded the tribute.

Lucinda “Cindy” Chase of Aurora greets guests at a reception and surprise concert marking her retirement as 15-year praise worship music director at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora on Sunday (Jan. 6, 2019). (Al Benson photo)

Lucinda “Cindy” Chase of Aurora is hugged by Joe Rigaud of DeKalb at a surprise concert marking her retirement Sunday (Jan. 6, 2019) as 15-year praise worship music director at Wesley United Methodist . Chase in Aurora. Chase sang and played guitar in the church’s Gathering Place room during the concert that highlighted her retirement reception. (Al Benson photo)

Lucinda “Cindy” Chase of Aurora, third from left, sings and plays guitar Sunday (Jan. 6, 2019) at a surprise concert marking her retirement as 15-year praise worship music director at Wesley United Methodist Church in Aurora. From left are sons Dan and Nathan, Cindy Chase and daughter-in-law Anna Chase. Cindy Chase, a singer, guitarist and songwriter, performed in the church’s Gathering Place room during the concert that highlighted her retirement reception. (Al Benson photo)

Freelance Photo-Journalist

Al Benson is an Aurora-based freelance photo-journalist. He is currently an archives research specialist at Aurora University. His work has appeared in The Voice, The Daily Herald, The Beacon-News, and the Chicago Tribune.






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