The conductor, Julian Wachner, denied the allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2014. The church said it had not verified the accusation, but fired him for behavior “inconsistent with our expectations.” – New York Times
Trinity Wall Street Church has fired its music director, the influential composer and keyboardist Julian Wachner, as it investigates a claim that he sexually assaulted a former Juilliard employee. https://t.co/ax7OeAYOz9
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) March 14, 2022
On the evening of Feb. 28, 2022, we learned from social media postings about allegations of sexual misconduct against Julian Wachner, which date back to 2014. Trinity promptly engaged a third party investigator to look into the matter, and Julian was placed on administrative leave on March 1.
The investigation is ongoing, and thus the investigator has not yet made any determination about the veracity of the 2014 allegations. Still, we have concluded based on recent information that Julian has otherwise conducted himself in a manner that is inconsistent with our expectations of anyone who occupies a leadership position. For this reason, Trinity has decided to end Julian’s employment with Trinity as of today.
We are grateful to those who have reached out to Trinity, and we are committed to providing an environment where open, honest communications and the highest standards of professionalism are the expectation, and where information suggesting that members of our community may not be meeting these expectations is acted upon promptly.
We also want to reiterate our commitment to and support for members of The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, members of our Music department, and all singers and musicians who participate in Trinity-sponsored programs.