On behalf of the search committee and the Congregation Council, I am delighted to share the news that Ms. Diane Meredith Belcher will serve as the next Director of Music at Holy Trinity. Ms. Belcher will work to carry out Holy Trinity’s extensive worship and music program, consistent with its mission and values, and its renowned Bach Vespers ministry. She is the first woman to hold the position of Director of Music in Holy Trinity’s more than 150-year history.
Ms. Belcher is an American church musician, teacher, concert organist, choral conductor, and composer known for her sensitive and collaborative music making. She has performed throughout the United States and abroad, including appearances with noted soloists, choirs, chamber ensembles, and orchestra. She most recently served as Music Director of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church and Lecturer in Music at Dartmouth College, both in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Ms. Belcher has over 35 years professional experience in sacred music as both organist and choral director, having served churches in New England, and in Philadelphia, Syracuse, Baltimore, and Memphis. She has taught at Dartmouth College, The University of Pennsylvania, Westminster Choir College, and The University of Memphis, while maintaining a private organ studio. She earned a Master of Music in Organ from The Eastman School of Music in Rochester and a Bachelor of Music in Organ from The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and she was a prizewinner in both the 1985 St. Albans and the 1988 Grand Prix de Chartres international organ competitions.
I look forward to welcoming her to New York City and working together for the sake of Holy Trinity and our mission and ministry—even as I dream of that day when we once again walk into our red doors on Central Park West to the praise and glory of God.
Pastor Tim Weisman