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Ethan Haman, 15, is the organist at Christ Episcopal Church.
When the main service at Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos concludes, congregants remain in their seats to listen to the music pouring from the organ. At the keyboard: Ethan Haman, a virtuoso who just turned 15 years old.
Haman so impressed the congregation when he sat in as a substitute earlier this year that the church hired him as its official organist.
Haman said he never thought his dream would come true so soon.
As a 3-year-old, he was so fascinated by the piano in a Fremont church that when he returned home, he drew his own keyboard on paper. Humming the music, he began to “play.” Lessons followed when his parents asked one of his preschool teachers to teach him piano.
When he was 10, hearing an organ for the second time in his life, he jumped at the chance to study with Angela Kraft Cross. He soon began playing at the Junior Bach Festival. Haman said he loves the instrument, which allows him to make the sounds of an orchestra.
Articulate and unassuming, Haman also loves biking, learning languages and doing “science stuff.” At Irvington High School in Fremont, he balances academics with symphonic and marching bands.
Haman said he is drawn to the way the pipe organ combines all the instruments he plays and calls it “a good tool for composing.”
His new dreams include studying pipe organ in college, becoming an organist at a big cathedral and traveling around the world, performing on different pipe organs.
Christ Episcopal Church invites the community to attend a service and hear Haman play. The church is located at 1040 Border Road, Los Altos.
For service times and more information, call 948-2151 or visit www.ccla.us.