Leslie Gabler has been Music Director at Messiah United Methodist Church since 1996. Since that date she has offered private lessons to students in piano and voice in the sanctuary of Messiah Church. Interested students may contact her at 410 876 9181.

Previously she was assistant organist at Roland Avenue Evergreen United Methodist Church, Baltimore, Maryland (1967-1994) and then organist and choir director there (1994-1995). She was married to the Rev. David Slater, a United Methodist pastor. After his death she married Carlton Gabler.

Leslie directs the Children's Choir and Adult Choir at Messiah Church. She conducts a Christmas and Lenten-Easter Cantata with our choir and additional members from area Taneytown churches. Twice each year the Messiah Chancel Choir performs at Carroll Lutheran Village Retirement Home in Westminster. She works with the United Methodist Youth to sing at special services. Each Sunday she teaches Christian music to the Sunday School children to prepare them for the two children's cantatas each year. These children dress in costumes, act, and sing in chorus and perform solos to a good-size audience.

Recently Leslie trained choir members for the community "Legacy of Faith" Cantata for the 250th Anniversary of the Founding of Taneytown. Other area churches joined under the direction of Anna Motter to perform in concert.

Those interested in joining the Adult (Chancel) Choir or the Children's Choir are cordially invited to contact Leslie Gabler at 410 876 9181. The style of music sung by the choir includes traditional, gospel, contemporary, and international expressions.

Each year on World Wide Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October, Leslie leads the choir with anthems from around the world. The congregation comes dressed in costumes from around the world. There is a big parade in church as the congregation celebrates the church throughout all nations and kindreds of peoples. Usually there is an international dinner or international desert fellowship time afterwards.