The congregation is the principal choir of Trinity. Congregational singing at 9:00 and 11:00 is vigorous, connecting “the spirit and the understanding” (I Cor.14:15). Singing one another’s songs during worship at Trinity is a way of building community and of ministering grace, peace, and healing to one another, the community, and the world. Congregational singing is for all ages and all levels of ability- every Christian should add their voice to the Song, for the Song cannot be compete while some are not heard.
Trinity Church is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music. The RSCM is an organization dedicated to promoting music in Christian worship, with almost 11,000 members and affiliates worldwide. The Trinity Choirs use RSCM’s Voice for Life curriculum which includes training for choir members of all ages. At each stage, choir members work to develop their vocal and musical skills and knowledge of repertoire; they are invited to consider their general contribution to the choir and the context of their music-making in the church and community. Many of the Youth Choir singer have attended one or more of the RSCM’s week-long summer courses for choristers, singing with other young people and adults from across the country.
The adult choir rehearses weekly during the school year on Wednesday evening from 7:00-9:00 pm. The choir sings at our 11:00 am service from September through Trinity Sunday in late spring or early summer. Membership is open to all persons who love to sing.
The Youth Choir includes young people in second grade and up who want to sing. Choristers rehearse weekly during the school year on Wednesdays from 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm. The Choir sings about once a month for the 9:00 am or 11:00 am service. Young people need no previous training. Using the Voice for Life curriculum, they learn how to sing while learning the basics of music and church liturgy.
There are three qualifications for any of the choirs at Trinity: (1) Love God (2) Love to sing (3) Be willing to learn and grow
The choirs welcome singers with or without choral singing experience You do not need to “read” music to join – we will teach you! You do not need a fine singing voice – choral music blends the voices of many average singers into a whole much greater than the sum of its parts.
The St. Simeon’s Choir is an auditioned group of singers who supplement the Trinity Choir for First Sunday Choral Evensongs. They rehearse with the Trinity Choir for the two Wednesdays before each Evensong, and singers are welcome to participate in as many or as few Evensongs as their schedule permits. Singers of any age with sufficient musical skill are welcome. Talk with Andrew Hicks to schedule an audition.
During the school year, join us for Choral Evensong on the first Sunday of each month. Choral Evensong is a service of reflection – of leaving oneself open that God may speak through the psalms and readings and canticles which are the core of the service. We invite you to share with us in a form of worship that has been offered for many centuries. In the Anglican tradition, Evensong combines the medieval monastic offices of Vespers and Compline. A rich and living inheritance of choral music for Evensong has developed through the generations, and continues to develop today. Here beauty in language and music can speak to us of God in a rich and diverse way. For many people, Choral Evensong brings respite from the ceaseless activity of daily life. Evensong is a portal into a sacred space full of peace and beauty.
For more information about any of our music programs contact Andrew Hicks, Minister of Music.
Our Minister of Music, Andrew Hicks, has a YouTube channel. Most of its contents are music from services at Trinity: organ music, piano improvisations, choral music.