Trinity Music Academy was founded in 1990 as an outreach program of Trinity United Methodist Church. The Academy’s original mission was to provide music instruction for Montgomery County youth in piano, organ, brass, woodwind, percussion, voice and Kindermusik. Special emphasis was given to training Organist, Pianist and Music Directors in Classical and Christian Music. Under the leadership of the Executive Director, Mr. William Jones, this mission was met in the first year of operation. Ms. Mylinda Dockery, wife of William Jones, provided leadership and was the Lead Instructor in piano, organ and Kindermusik.
During the first year the Academy had about 55 students and had an immediate impact on the community. A Scholarship Fund was started and the Trinity Music Academy Board appointed a Scholarship Committee. The vision of the Academy is that no student should be denied lessons because of financial needs. The Scholarship program has been a driving force in building the Academy; about one third of the students receive full or partial scholarships.
In 1994 Mr. Jones left to begin study toward his Doctorate degree at the University of Kentucky and Mylinda Dockery became the Executive Director. In 1995 Ms. Dockery left to join her husband in Lexington, Kentucky. Their leadership, vision and hard work during those early years formed the basis for the Academy’s future success.
After an extensive search, Mr. Jon Durkovic was hired as the Executive Director. Mr. Durkovic had a Master degree in Organ Performance from The University of Alabama. The Academy continued to grow under his direction and the enrollment reached to more than 125 students. The Concert Series grew in importance, four or five concerts per year. When Leon and Nancy Capel donated a Walker Pipe Organ to Trinity Church, Mr. Durkovic was responsible for the installation.
When a family situation made it necessary for the Durkovics to move to Georgia in 1998, the Academy once again began a search for a new Executive Director. The search led to Dr. Paul Chandley who was hired as Executive Director in August of 1998. Dr Chandley is a graduate of The University of North Carolina and received his Doctoral Degree from the Kansas City Conservatory.
Dr. Chandley brought a new dimension to the Academy with his experience as a performer, accompanist and teacher in New York City and Europe. Dr. Chandley immediately began bringing gifted artists to perform in the Academy Concert Series . These artists, along with Dr. Chandley, gave a number of outstanding performances during his first year at Trinity.
It was through one of Dr. Chandley’s contacts that the Academy was able to bring the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to Montgomery County. A company of 165 came here in November 2000 and presented heartwarming, inspiring concerts. They gave two performances; both were sold out, standing room only. Trinity Music Academy was now getting statewide attention with magazine and Educational TV coverage of their events. While the Concert Series was first envisioned as a way to raise money for Scholarships, the Academy came to see these events as a way to inspire and teach our students and the community.
The Kiev Concert was to have a special way of influencing the growth and direction of the Academy. One of the members of the Kiev group was a brilliant young pianist and composer, Sophia Pavlenko. Dr. Chandley fell madly in love with her and, after a one-year international courtship; they were married at Trinity Methodist Church in November 2001.
With Sophia Pavlenko Chandley the Academy gained a gifted Composer, Teacher and Performer. A child prodigy from a family of gifted musicians, Sophia was performing internationally in her early teens. Her appearances here and across the state have brought great acclaim. When Sophia and Paul present their “ Two Pianos” concerts the genius in both is evident.
While the Academy continues to operate as an outreach program of Trinity United Methodist Church, it draws support from other churches and communities. Our directors come from other denominations and our student base includes students from Montgomery, Moore, Stanly and Randolph County. Last year we served more than 250 students.
Trinity Music Academy is providing a service to our youth in this region that is unique in North Carolina. Under Dr. Chandley’s visionary leadership and with the support of the Academy Board, we expect continued success for Trinity Music Academy.