Skippy Mardon became the Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s in January 2017. Prior to this she held similar positions at Mulgrave Park Baptist Church for 17 years and Emmanuel Anglican Church in Spryfield for almost 9 years. She has participated in a number of interfaith ecumenical events including the Northend Ministerial Association, services at Northwood, and events sponsored by Precepts Ministries. Skippy plays organ and piano in a variety of styles from classical to Gospel, and plays many of her own arrangements. The congregation enjoys the way she “brings life” to the music, especially the “Golden Oldies”, the Gospel Songs. If people have a favourite song for her to play, they should let her know. She has written and arranged music for choirs as well as for her music students. She has lived in the Spryfield area since 1974 and teaches music at her home studio, Maple Leaf Music School. www.mapleleafmusicschool.com. Her favorite instruments are organ, piano and accordion. She also teaches violin, fiddle, basic guitar and ukelele. Her youngest students have been around 3 1/2 and the oldest have been in their eighties. Her students have entertained in local nursing homes, and, since 1977, have competed in the NS Kiwanis Music Festival, the NS Student Composer Competition, and the Maritime Fiddle Festival, the Maritime Old-TIme Fiddle Contest. Skippy has one son, Ian Mardon, who is a professional violinist, composer and teacher, in Hamburg, Germany. www.mardon.de He is married to Ines Mardon, and they have two children, Cederic, born in 2008 and Gwendolyn, born in 2011. Skippy has been to Germany seven times to visit them, and while in Germany also visits her friends at the Wycliffe Deutschland, which is the European headquarters for Wycliffe Bible Translators. They have developed a new method for teaching German to Syrian refugees and Skippy’s friends are involved with the program. There are videos which may be found on their Youtube channel, “Wycliffe Deutschland”. Skippy takes German classes which focus on conversation, grammar and Bible reading. with Regine Maass whom you may know from Parkhill United. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music from the University of Maine in Orono, and a Master’s of Music degree in pipe organ from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has also lived in Norman and Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Skippy now lives in Spryfield with her two cats, Sheba and Essie (Ester C. Cat). Her hobbies are snowshoeing in the winter and Nordic walking in the summer. Her birth name was Glenna, but since school days, everyone called her Skippy. So one day over twenty years ago, she went downtown and filled out a form to change her legal name to Skippy Glenna. Skippy is a member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers Association and the Maritime Fiddle Association.