Robert Ridgell, Trinity organist and director of the Trinity Youth Chorus, has announced that he has accepted the position of director of music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota, beginning in June 2011. Below is a letter from Ridgell to the Trinity community about his new work and the work he has done at Trinity Wall Street since 2005.
Dear Trinity Family,
After prayerful discernment through my vocation as a church musician, I have decided to accept the call to be the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This was a difficult decision, because I love Trinity Wall Street so very much.
Since I arrived in 2005, I have felt extremely proud of our accomplishments in music and the arts -- most notably, our community of more than 200 youth musicians. Without the support of the congregation, parents and students, clergy, staff, and our directors of music (past and present), I would have never had such a wonderful opportunity to build community and make such beautiful music. I was called to Trinity to create a youth music program that would enhance the lives of children and be valued by the wider community. The Trinity Youth Chorus and Youth Orchestra programs are thriving, and Trinity Wall Street's commitment to children's musical education will remain as strong as ever after my departure.
I am most grateful to the leadership of Jim Cooper and Anne Mallonee for their pastoral support and encouragement during my tenure.
My last Sunday will be Trinity Sunday in June, 2011. With the terrific musical and administrative direction of Julian Wachner, I will continue to strengthen and guide the youth music programs and will continue to offer my organ music and accompaniments to the glory of God. However, most importantly I will continue to embrace and rejoice in our moments together as family.
Our work together will never end. In keeping with our mission and ministry of being near and far for a world of good, I feel it's just the beginning. Be assured of my prayers for you and I ask you to pray for me. Thank you for your love and support.