ORGANIST AT TRINITY CHAPEL
Charles Smith recently blessed Trinity Chapel by assuming the position of Organist following in the footsteps of his mother, Dorothy, who retired in 2014 after many years of dedicated service playing the organ every Sunday.
Charles studied private piano and classroom instruction in music theory for eleven (11) years at the St. Louis Institute of Music Preparatory School. He graduated from Grinnell College in 1970 earning a B.A. with a major in Music followed by two (2) years of Organ Study under the tutelage of Mario Salvador at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis, four (4) years with Elbert Smith at Grinnell College and studied voice with Leonard Van Camp from 1990 to 1992.
Charles held the position of Organist and Choir Director for First United Methodist Church in Berwyn, IL from 1974 to 1975. He assumed the position as organist for Bethalto United Methodist Church from 1994 to 1995 and from 1995 to the present, Charles divides his time as Choir Director for East Alton First United Methodist Church and Organist for Trinity Chapel.