Moultonboro UMC

Our Organist

Joe Heise

Joe Heise comes to Moultonboro United Methodist from New Jersey where for the past 12 years he was organist and choir director at the Hillsborough Reformed Church in Millstone. Previously, he held the same position at St. James R.C. Church in Pennington, NJ. Joe studied organ and harpsichord with noted early music interpreter Gavin Black at the Westminster Conservatory. He also has been a voice student of Jane Olian, Kevin Deas and George Gray. Joe has sung bass with Princeton Pro-Musica, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Singers Chorale (resident chorus of the Philadelphia. Orchestra). In 1994 he co-founded Mostly Motets, a 16 voice a cappella group focusing on early and modern music.

Mr. Heise’s other professional life centered around computer programming and system design, using the APL2 programming language. He worked on critical systems for Lockheed, Intel, Johnson & Higgins and lastly, Mobil Oil Corp., taking early retirement in 2001. Before programming, Joe was a Ph. D. candidate in mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

When he’s not pursuing various musical interests, Joe, his wife Mary Edith and dog Kramer enjoy kayaking on New Hampshire’s beautiful lakes. Joe also enjoys chess, scuba diving and philosophy. Construction of their new home in Campton, NH should be complete by the end of September, 2005.

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