After an international search, I am pleased to announce that Mr. Jonathan Ryan will be Saint Michael’s next Director of Music and Organist. He has been chosen from a large pool of highly qualified candidates and will bring renewed excitement, growth, and vibrancy to our sacred music program. His first Sunday at Saint Michael will be September 10.
Jonathan comes to us from his current position as the Associate Director of Music at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. There he has helped guide all aspects of the music program’s 9 choirs, including an adult choir that has enjoyed a 125% membership growth in the choir under his direction, He also regularly rehearses and conducts the Men & Boys Choir and the Girls Choir, and serves as Director of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) program for children and youth choristers. The chorister program at Christ Church is regarded as the largest Episcopal parish choir program for children and youth in the country. Jonathan is a passionate advocate of RSCM based chorister programs, which he will help develop at Saint Michael.
He received his Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with academic honors at the Cleveland institute of Music in 2004 and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in 2006.
In addition to his skills and achievements with the choirs at Christ Church, Jonathan has the rare distinction of holding six First Prize awards from major international and national organ competitions, including First Prize in the 2009 Jordan II International Organ Competition.
I am very grateful to the Search Committee for all their faithful work, including Kelley Christian, Suzanne Lipscomb, the Rev. Lisa Musser, Stewart Thomas (Chair), and Chris Wiley. The search committee was impressed with Jonathan’s outgoing, charismatic and caring attitude. His colleagues and former students unanimously sing his praises as an accomplished musician with a vast knowledge of liturgical repertoire, a steady and vision-filled leadership style, and a unique ability to foster a sense of caring community within his choirs and music program.
In accepting the call, Jonathan wrote, “I’m thrilled and humbled by the call to serve as Director of Music & Organist of Saint Michael and All Angels! From my first contact with the parish during this search, I sensed a strong connection and an inspiring vision. Having formerly lived in Texas during my college student days, I’m happy to return to a state of many cherished memories. Dallas is a thriving city with an outstanding arts scene and an enviable choral tradition. I ask for your prayers and good wishes as I move to Dallas later this summer, and begin my work at Saint Michael’s this coming program year.”
Please help me welcome Jonathan to the Saint Michael family!
The Reverend Dr. Christopher D. Girata