The Music Program at Trinity Cathedral seeks to be a channel of God’s grace:
- inspiring both the choirs and congregation to sing with both mind and heart,
- encouraging singers and all parish musicians to offer their best in worship,
- embracing the rich heritage of Anglican church music and passing that heritage on to future generations,
- exploring creative and new ways to express faith in God through music.
The pipe organ at Trinity Cathedral was built by Muller Pipe Organ Company in the American Classic tradition. In great measure, it is modeled after the G. Donald Harrison instrument at All Saints Episcopal Church in Worceseter, Massachusetts.
The beautiful custom-built console is a measured reproduction Aeolian-Skinner. The cabinet is constructed of quarter-sawn and rift-cut white oak with walnut interior. The moveable console features keyboards of bone naturals and ebony sharps. It is also fully equipped with a multiple memory level combination action, transposer, and a record/playback sequencer.
In 2017, Burton K. Tidwell LLC conducted a complete tonal reconstruction, at which time the flutes were revoiced and tonally finished.
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The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir sings for Eucharists and Evensongs every week, as well as for seasonal services of Lessons and Carols and concerts. The choir consists of a professional octet, students in the Robert Wilson Choral Scholars Program, and volunteer singers. Our choral sound and literature is rooted in the Anglican tradition, and our repertoire ranges from Gregorian Chant to sacred choral music by living composers. The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 p.m.
This ministry is a fantastic opportunity for children in grades 2-8 (and their parents) for many reasons, including:
- Free musical education: learning to read music and sing with good technique and confidence
- Religious education: learning about Christianity and Christian values
- Building teamwork and listening skills
- Making new friends
- Singing alongside our adult singers
- Free babysitting every week!
We Episcopalians are fortunate to have a beautiful and unique musical tradition, and to be good stewards of that tradition, we must share it with future generations. Rehearsals are each Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The Children's Choir sings at the Sunday service once or twice a month.
If you, your child, and/or a child you know are interested in this opportunity, please contact Director of Music Dr. Colin MacKnight at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cathedral has a full peal of bells in its Tower and is a center for the art of campanology (change bell ringing). The Trinity Ringing Society meets every Wednesday evening from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Full instruction is offered to beginners, and all are welcome to try. The Centennial Bells are rung every Sunday before services, other special occasions, and are often requested for weddings. The change bell ringers can be seen in the Bell Tower every Sunday morning.
The Cathedral Handbell Choir
The Cathedral Handbell Choir provides music for liturgies approximately once per month. Membership is open to all persons from high school and up. Although handbell playing does require practice and keen attention, it is a skill that can be acquired within months, rather than the years needed to become proficient in other areas of music. Anyone is welcome to join us; no previous musical experience is required.
Robert Wilson Choral Scholars
The Robert Wilson Choral Scholars fund provides select high school or college students with a stipend to sing in the Cathedral Choir. Among the purposes of this program are to encourage young musicians, assist in the development of their choral skills, and honor the use of their talents in service to the Church. Contact the Director of Music to schedule an audition. The Choral Scholars Fund was established by parishioner, Jane Wilson, in honor of her late husband, Bob, who was an accomplished singer and lover of music.
Our singers and ringers are convivial groups who diligently and joyfully rehearse to provide the finest music for worship at the Cathedral. New members are always welcome. Contact the Director of Music for information about joining any of the music ensembles or other ways to assist the music program.