A young Fairfield cellist has been appointed the first "artist in residence" at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church.

Niles Luther, a graduate of Fairfield Warde High School, will perform throughout the season at the historic church, as well as "engaging the church community," according to an announcement of his appointment to the post.

"It is such an honor to be the first-ever artist-in-residence at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church," Luther said in the statement. "I grew up in this church and now to give back in the best way I can through music is something incredibly special."

The Rev. David Rowe, co-pastor of the church, was enthusiastic about Luther's appointment. "I and our church have known Niles his whole life, and we have seen him grow as a person, as a Christian, and active church member, and as a musician," Rowe said in the statement. "Month by month, his passion and commitment for and to the cello became clear. He wants to make a difference with his life and his career as a musician. It is obvious when you talk with him about life and music, and it is obvious when you watch him perform."

In addition to performing with the Fairfield Warde chamber, concert and symphonic orchestras, Luther has played with the New Haven Symphony Youth Orchestra, and during his junior year of high school, attended the Manhattan School of Music pre-college program in New York City.

Luther has also performed in numerous fundraisers, including the Concert for Newtown, which he directed and was a featured performer. He is now studying with master cellist Ole Akahoshi of Yale University in preparation for Conservatory auditions for the 2015-16 academic school year.

To learn more about Luther, visit www.NilesLuther.com.

For more information about the music programs and performances at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, visit www.greenfieldhillchurch.com or call 203-259-5596.