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Can you name any of the people?
Hector Pelletier

Can you name the location?
Notre Dame Church

Comments...
He was the organist at the church for many years.


What was the Year?
1975

Can you name any of the people?
Hector Pelletier, PhD

Can you name the location?
Notre Dame de Sacre Coeur Church, E. Main Street, No Adams Mass.

Comments...
This is a wonderful picture of my dear friend and 40 year music director of Notre Dame Church sitting at the console of the new "electronic" organ installed in the choir loft as the first visible step in the renovation project of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the parish. I believe this picture was taken the day after the organ was installed. At that time, the choir loft was in a state of unfinished construction as part of the renovation. I vividly remember the (late) night before, when everything was installed and wired and the workmen gone, as Hector gave the new organ it's initial baptismal concert. I went down from the choir loft and sat on the first step of the alter looking up at Hector siloueted in the lite from the console. Seated at the massive new instrument, the music filled the gothic style church, reverberating from ceilings, walls and Sanctuary in the dark emptiness of the huge church. I had tears running down my cheeks as I listened to the magnificent strains of "Carrillon de Westminster" a dramatic and colorful piece based upon the chimes of Westminster Cathedral, which Hector also performed as a prelude at the rededication of the renovated church some year or so later. More improtant than anything, my dear friend was absolutely overjoyed at this addition to the worship at Notre Dame. To this day, whenever I hear the familiar strains of the Westminster chimes, I am immediately drawn to the thoughts of that late night concert that I listened to in the dark. And I remember my dear friend, a huge smile on his face, bowing to his invisable audience of one in the dark below as I loudly applauded his performance.


Comments...
I sort of remember Mr. Pelletier at Notre Dame when I attended 7th & 8th grade there. But I especially remember his very handsome son, Vinny! :)


What was the Year?
1975

Comments...
At the age of 18 I took the last of my music lessons from Dr. Pelletier, that was 52 years ago. One of his specialties was the Toccota from the fifth organ symphony of Charles Marie Widor, which he played at the end of mass on Christmas and Easter.


Can you name any of the people?
Mr. Pelletier

Comments...
He taught music at the Florida Consolidated School(now Gabriel Abbott Memorial) in the 1960's when I was a student there. As I reflect back on those days as a rambuctious kid who didn't give a second thought about music I remember him to be a really nice and gentle man.


Comments...
Dr. Pelletier was the best. At one time he had the best choir in the doices. I recall, Adrien Bonvouloir,Bill Walden, Marguerite Charbonneau, Betty Carriddi, Irene Saulnier Dubreuil,Rene and so many others. When a Cardinal from Canada was down for a visit he requested this particular choir for his services. Dr. Pelletier retired somewhere in Maine as I recall. Quiet spoken, no nonsense, sincere a great organist,choir master and teacher. May God Bless him and his memories.


Can you name any of the people?
I think this gentleman is Dr. Hector Peletier (sp?)

Can you name the location?
No

Comments...
Dr. Peletier traveled from North Adams every week and taught a music class to all grade levels at Stamford School during the 60's while I was a student there.


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