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The Princeton Girlchoir Alumnae Cantores 2006
A video from Trinity Wall Street, New York City
Rob is the proud father of 3 boys alongside his wife, Soo-Jin.
Dr. Rob Ridgell, one of America’s highly acclaimed church musicians is the Director of Choral Activities for Charlotte Catholic High School, the largest Catholic School in North Carolina. In addition, he serves as Organist and Music Associate of one of North Carolina's fastest growing Methodist church communities under the dynamic leadership of Dr. Reginald Houze in Weddington United Methodist Church. Rob further enjoys being engaged in community music education by serving on the piano faculty at the esteemed Charlotte Music Academy. Dr. Ridgell has ministered to cathedrals and churches throughout the United States over the past 20 years including the Cathedral of the Madeleine (Salt Lake City), the Cathedral Church of the Savior (Philadelphia), Trinity Church Wall Street (New York), the Cathedral of Saint Paul (Minnesota). A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, and a former chorister and music director of Christ Episcopal, Rob began his keyboard and choral study with respected teachers Delores Heyd, Ben Hutto, David Lowry and Dzidra Reimanis. He then attended the Indiana University School of Music (Bloomington) where he studied with Marilyn Keiser and Paul Hillier earning him a Bachelor of Music degree in 2000. In 2004, he graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton with a Master of Music degree studying under Stefan Engels. In that same year, Dr. Rob was a finalist in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation in Los Angeles. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Rutgers University where he studied with Antonius Bittmann and Mark Trautman and can be seen in film as the “Organist” in the 2008 release of “Doubt” featuring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman produced by MIRAMAX®.
In demand as an accompanist, music teacher, choral conductor and composer – Dr. Rob has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia offering concerts and lectures specializing in liturgical music, youth choir training, community music initiatives and improvisation. He is the author of several articles on community music-making published by Liturgical Press and Church Publishing. Together with Gregory Glenn and Msgr. Francis Mannion, he helped build the choral foundation of the Madeleine Choir School (1996) in Salt Lake City – the only co-educational Roman Catholic choir school in the United States. In 2004 he founded the “Alumnae Cantores” of the Princeton Girlchoir. From 2006-2007, he was the Artistic Director of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s Bicentennial Concert Orchestra and Chorus with over 400 students. He has prepared youth choristers for performances with the San Francisco Opera, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Frederica von Stade, Robert Redford, and EMI Records. Dr. Rob founded New York City’s Trinity Youth Chorus in 2005. Since then, this community-based youth choir program has grown to over 200 choristers and is one of the leading youth choir/community music programs in revitalized Lower Manhattan.
Director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Bicentennial Concert