Announcing Christopher Gilliam As Trinity’s Director Of Music

October 12, 2015

Dear Trinity Congregation,

Trinity’s Director of Music Search Committee was formed this past March and we have been meeting regularly since then. You may recall one of our first tasks was creating a congregational survey in April to assess our current music ministry and get your feedback and suggestions. In May and June, we researched job descriptions from other churches, and talked with those who had recently conducted a Director of Music search. In July, we posted the position on our own website, Charlotte Presbytery’s website, and the websites of the American Guild of Organists, the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and the American Choral Directors Association.

Our committee feels we conducted a very thorough search that allowed us to learn about the music ministries of other churches and the range of talent looking to fill Director of Music positions. Over the thirty days the listing was posted, we received 27 applications and fielded another half-dozen phone calls. We had applicants from Rhode Island to Arkansas, and even one from Rome – Rome, Italy! (not Georgia). We ultimately selected four highly qualified applicants to interview and gave each one thoughtful and prayerful consideration.

Throughout the past seven months, we also began to realize just how fortunate Trinity has been to have Chris Gilliam as our interim Director of Music and Michael Rowland as our interim organist. This dynamic duo has not only led us through a smooth transition, they have enriched our worship service with quality music and new ideas, not to mention their rapport and congeniality with church staff and choir members alike. Both have qualifications and experience second to none of all 27 candidates we reviewed.

So we are thrilled to announce that the Session has approved our first choice and recommendation to hire Chris Gilliam as Trinity’s permanent Director of Music and Michael Rowland as Trinity’s permanent organist. We hope you are as pleased and excited about our decision as we are! We also hope you will join us at a reception in the Parlor after church on Sunday, November 1 to celebrate with Chris and Michael and welcome them – this time, permanently – to Trinity!

Director of Music Search Committee
Donnie Bobbitt, David Hood, May Johnston, George Lampe, Reta Phifer, Carol Sugg
Steve Lindsley, ex officio