Assistant Organist Appointed

Sep 15, 2022 | Clergy Corner

Beloved of St. Paul’s,
As we begin the new year of Music at St. Paul’s I write with exciting news to share. I have appointed the Rev. Dr. William J. Weisser (Dr. Bill) to assist our Director of Music Ronnie Wise at the organ bench.

Dr. Bill has been with us during our transition this summer after the passing of Richard Rhoads. His presence, both energetic and pastoral, was a real gift to us during that time.

Dr. Bill retired in 2011 as minister of music at Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, where he had been responsible for seven singing choirs, three handbell choirs, three dance ensembles and instrumental ensembles with over 460 participants for more than 35+ years. He was the conductor and artistic director of the Capital Area Chorale, a mixed voice community choir, for 11 years.

He was an adjunct assistant professor on the faculty of North Carolina State University, where he directed the University Singers for 5 years. Since retirement he has served at several churches as an interim. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, having done graduate work in sacred music at Indiana University. He has performed with the Chicago Symphony and the North Carolina Symphony, was the founding director of the Children’s Choir of Duke Chapel, and directed the choir that sang the publisher’s premiere of John Rutter’s “Requiem,” with the composer conducting. He is also an ordained deacon in the Methodist church and has retired to Wilmington.

The list goes on and on. We are delighted and blessed to have him officially join the St. Paul’s staff. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Bill and his wife Anne to our St. Paul’s family.