April 2017
Building Community

Richard Clemmitt

My wife, Elizabeth, and I moved to the North Shore in 1992. Although we came here primarily for my job as Organist and Choirmaster of Christ Church, Winnetka, we also were drawn by the thriving arts community and great schools. Elizabeth has worked for many years locally as an elementary music teacher. Both of us have been delighted to raise our two sons in such a vibrant and caring place.

From a young age I was inspired by the music at my home church in Washington, D.C. The instruction I received from talented teachers provided me with a call to work not only toward performance excellence but also toward effectively supporting the personal formation of my students. I frequently find my job at Christ Church most fulfilling because it offers me an opportunity to build community through music-making.

Having long-time instructional relationships with students is a privilege. Many of the youth choristers I teach begin singing in church choir in first grade and continue through twelfth grade. Some even return to sing on holidays after graduation. I enjoy creating a participatory place of music-making where organ music, choral music, and worship are the key elements.

I am grateful for all the excellent North Shore AGO events I have attended throughout the years. Now that my sons both are old enough to be in college, I am looking forward to becoming more involved!

Richard Clemmitt

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