20140304 - Organist Barbara Thorsen (KG) - nwherald

Kyle Grillot - kgrillot@shawmedia.com

Barbara Thorsen has been the organist for First Congregational Church for the last 60 years, first starting in 1953. On Saturday and Sunday this weekend at 4 p.m. the church will hold two celebratory concerts in her honor with area musicians helping out. "I started out playing in children's choirs, and I graduated up to this beautiful, magnificent instrument," said Thorsen, "I used to not know how to play the organ, I used to not be able to turn it on."