#PeopleOfWilmDE: David Simmons

David Simmons is the Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church as well as this week’s  #PeopleOfWilmDE. Read his story below. 

“After over three decades in Washington, DC, practicing law and then becoming a full-time musician, I moved to Wilmington with my husband, Michael, in 2021 to assume a full-time position as Director of Music for Trinity Episcopal Parish. We wanted to be closer to our families in Pennsylvania and to my husband’s work in New York City.

As Director of Music, my mission is to create diverse, eclectic, and inclusive musical programming for the church and the surrounding Wilmington community. As part of that mission, I am working on expanding and promoting Trinity’s vibrant THE ARTS AT TRINITY concert series. This series, having just completed its tenth anniversary, is dedicated to providing free concert experiences, in many different musical genres, to the Wilmington community free of charge.

I have just founded the ENCORE CHORALE OF WILMINGTON, which is the first Encore Chorale in the State of Delaware. Encore Chorales are part of Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the nation’s largest choral organization for adults 55 and older. I will be the conductor of the Encore Chorale of Wilmington. Registration is now open online and rehearsals begin in early September. 

Three interesting facts about me are:

  1. Although I have been a full-time musician for over 27 years, I also have a law degree and practiced law before becoming a full-time musician.
  2. Spent over three decades living and working in Washington, DC before moving to Wilmington.
  3. Worked in many capacities with Washington National Opera’s Education Department, including a ten-year stint teaching 5th-grade students how to compose their own student-created operas.

Since moving to Wilmington, I have loved checking out the restaurants on Market Street in downtown Wilmington. Love that vibe. I also love Wilmington’s beautiful parks and recreational facilities! 

I love the incredible diversity of the Wilmington area and the fact that there seems to be some much exciting growth in so many different sectors in Wilmington. I would love to see our city become even more diverse and inclusive, and I would love to see the arts and culture segments of Wilmington continue to diversify, flourish and expand with great creativity and enthusiasm. 

My advice to other Wilmingtonians? Explore all the incredible promise and possibilities of our city and do your best to put your own personal and positive imprint and impact on our city and our region.”

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