Welcome, Dr. Vernon Snyder

Dear Saint John’s parish family,

I am delighted to welcome Dr. Vernon Snyder as our new Organist-Choirmaster. For the past 15 years, Dr. Snyder has been a professional musician in Los Angeles, CA. For over 10 of those years, Vernon has been a professor of music at California State Polytechnical University, Pomona, while concurrently serving as a parish musician. Vernon has most recently served as Organist, Director of Music for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Covina, CA.

Dr. Snyder has extensive experience in the world of sacred music, having served for nine years as Music Director and Chapel Musician for Claremont School of Theology in Claremont, CA. Vernon is a member of both the American Guild of Organists, Los Angeles Chapter and the Royal College of Organists in the United Kingdom.

For six months the rector and staff worked with a parish Organist-Choirmaster search committee. Amongst the dozens of applications from across the globe, from the beginning of our search process, Dr. Vernon Snyder stood out as a highly qualified candidate. After a visit to Memphis this fall, interviewing extensively with the rector and search committee, and working with our parish choir, it became abundantly clear that Vernon was the right person for the job.

Saint John’s Memphis has a wonderful musical reputation, and I have an unshakable confidence that we now have in place the single best person to do the work of rebuilding our choirs and parish music to our own highest standards. I am thrilled to work with Vernon, and I am convinced there are many years of great work for him ahead. In the months ahead, I hope you join me in welcoming Vernon to Saint John’s and to Memphis. You will hear about opportunities to meet him in the new year.            

Finally, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Walton Griffin, Bruce Smedley, Kim Mullins, Richard Friary, and Sarah Gallagher who each served on the Organist-Choirmaster search committee. Your work has been invaluable to our parish family.

You can learn more about Vernon by visiting his website: http://www.vernonsnyder.com/

I also commend to you the recordings from the webpage of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church: https://www.holytrinitycovina.com/worship-and-music/recordings/

Please join me in celebrating this long-awaited news.Dr. Snyder’s first Sunday with Saint John’s will be February 6, 2022.

By God’s grace I remain your rector,

Jay+

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