Minister of Music:
Trinity’s music director is a native of West Virginia. Jake Sandridge spent his childhood in Philippi W.V. with his parents and younger sister. He came to WVU as a freshman, majoring in piano performance and composition. While an undergrad, Jake met Jane Lightfoot (our previous director) and even played for a church service at Trinity some years ago as a favor to Jane. After WVU he attended Bowling Green State University in Ohio for a Master of Music degree. After Bowling Green Jake moved back to Morgantown where he worked as a piano accompanist for student lessons and an instructor of music theory and composition. Here he shared an office with Charlotte Haas and the two became friends. In 2018 Jake moved to Houston, Texas, to work on his DMA (Doctor of Musical Arts) at Rice University. The summer of 2021 he returned to WVU to take a position as adjunct instructor of music theory and electronic music, while finishing work on his doctorate. He teaches classes, individual lessons and manages the electronic music studio.
Jake’s initial encounter with music came more as a hobby. He joined his high school band, played piano at his church. Later he became interested in the technology of music, which gave him a deep insight into the value of music as a tool for critical thinking and a vehicle for understanding the world.
West Virginia to Ohio to Texas, then back to West Virginia. Music has stretched a long ribbon of road for Jake to travel. He mentioned how thankful he was for the warm welcome he received at Trinity. Indeed, we are thankful that Jake is here with us, using his time, energy and talent to help us “make a joyful noise unto the Lord”.