Lawrence Rappoldt came to Thorndale UMC in December of 1978. At that time, he organized the church’s first handbell choir and served as organist for all the church’s worship services. Larry also accompanied the Chancel Choir on the organ or piano. The focus of Larry’s ministry is now on the 8:30 AM traditional worship service. He also is responsible for music ministry of the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choirs and two years ago, resumed teaching Sunday School. When the need arises, Larry composes and arranges choral music for Chancel Choir.
Beginning and ending his 32 year public school teaching career in the Coatesville Area School District of Coatesville, PA, Larry was the director of the high school orchestra and the award winning Red Raider Marching Band from 1978-1983. From 1983-2003, he conducted the distinguished Gordon Middle School Concert Band. Ensembles and bands under his tutelage were eleven times selected as among the best in the state. In 2003, Gordon Middle School closed and Mr. Rappoldt then provided leadership for the band program at Scott Middle School until the spring of 2010. In the fall of 2010, Larry started the band program at Conestoga Christian School in Morgantown and assumed the leadership of the band program at Berks Christian School in Birdsboro in 2011. Larry has guest conducted band festivals, written music for the University of Tennessee, and continues to compose and arrange music for instrumental and choral groups.
Larry earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Gettysburg College (Sunderman Conservatory of Music) where he studied piano with Dr. Michael Matsinko, organ with Dr. Dexter Weikel and voice with Dr. Finstad. Larry earned his Master’s Degree in Education from Wilkes University and has also studied at the West Chester University School of Music and St. Joseph’s University.