Celebrating 50 years of making music

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Allen DeFerrari speaks during a recent celebration commemorating his 50 years of playing the organ at Hillside Covenant Church in Naugatuck as Rev. Liz Leggett, pastor of Hillside Covenant Church, looks on. CONTRIBUTED

NAUGATUCK — The Hillside Covenant Church recently held a 50th anniversary celebration for Allen DeFerrari, who has been the organist at Hillside since 1961.

DeFerrari began studying piano at the age of 5 with his mother, Marie (DeFerrari) Goodson, began studying the organ when he was 12. When he was 13, DeFerrari became organist of St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Waterbury.
In 1961, DeFerrari joined Hillside Covenant Church in Naugatuck and over the years ahs played at several other area churches

“It has been a wonderful life,” Deferrari said in a prepared release, “meeting all these talented people and working with them …and the congregations have been wonderful to me.”