Music Sunday 2011

The Choirs of Holy Trinity

“I will sing with the spirit and with the understanding also” The First Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, 14:15

There are openings in all choirs…it’s never too late to be part of music at Holy Trinity! Email Director of Music and Organist Dr. John T. Lowe, Jr., see him after any service, or call 372-4721 for more information. **All rehearsals are in the Choir Room(room 221) unless noted otherwise.

The Holy Trinity Choir, consisting of professional and volunteer adults, sings at the 10:30 a.m. service throughout the year, as well as major feasts and special events. Anthems sung by the Choir come from many periods, and include Renaissance motets, anthems from the Anglican tradition, and contemporary composers. The Choir has performed major choral works, including Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Mass of the Children, G. F. Handel’s Messiah, and most recently the Gainesville premiere of Howard Goodall’s Eternal Light. Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:30-9:15 p.m. (September-May)

The Holy Trinity Choristers program is affiliated with the Royal School of Church Music in America (RSCMA), and open to boys and girls in third-eighth grades (children in second grade with exceptional reading skills may be admitted to the Choristers, after a consultation between the Director and parents). Emphasis is placed on the development of music reading skills, teamwork, and the cultivation of a beautiful singing tone, all in a disciplined but engaging environment using the Voice for Life curriculum. The Choristers sing periodically in worship, independently and with the Holy Trinity Choir, and in the Gainesville Children’s Choral Festival each spring. Most importantly, the Choristers learn to follow and lead as participants in the worship life of Holy Trinity. A brochure with more information about the program is available by clicking on the link at the top of this page. Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 4:45-5:30 p.m. (September-May)

The Angel Choir is open to boys and girls ages four through second grade. This group provides an introduction to singing and leading worship through music for young children. The children are also introduced to the basics of liturgy, as they learn about the life and ministry of Jesus in our celebrations throughout the church year. This season, in lieu of a weekly rehearsal, watch for announcements about rehearsals in December (for the Christmas Eve Pageant) and April (for Music Sunday in May). Rehearsals: announced in advance of Christmas Eve and Music Sunday

The Folk Choir leads congregational singing at the Sunday 6 p.m. Eucharist. The music at this service encompasses an array of musical traditions, from contemporary to folk, renewal to old-time gospel. Music from other cultures further enriches the musical offering. Instrumentalists accompany the singers on piano, bass, and percussion. Since the group’s inception in the mid-1970′s, it has been home to people who not only enjoy singing and playing music, but also to those who enjoy one another’s company in the spirit of community. There are no auditions—interested singers and instrumentalists are invited to come to rehearsal before each service. The ability to read music is not necessary. Contact Laura Perry ( Rehearsals: Sundays, 5:15 p.m. (all Sundays except fourth Sundays)

The Holy Trinity Handbell Choir ring six octaves of handbells. The 12 openings are typically filled in September, or as needed. Participation in the bell choir requires a strong commitment to rehearsals and the ability to read rhythm. High-schoolers and adults are welcome. Rehearsals: Thursdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. (September-May)

Instrumentalists are involved frequently, in solo and ensemble, in worship throughout the year. Contact John Lowe for more information.

The Music at Holy Trinity series presents choral, organ, and instrumental concerts, as well as special liturgies, throughout the year. A brochure is mailed to the parish mailing list each fall. Be sure to pick up additional brochures at the church, or call the church office to have them sent to you, and give them to friends! A .pdf copy of this season’s brochure is available by clicking on the link at the top of this page.

The Holy Trinity Music Fund allows Holy Trinity Church to undertake special projects above and beyond the Sunday musical offerings. Contributions to this fund are used to underwrite a variety of artistic programs during the course of the season. Tax-deductible contributions are welcome in any amount, and those who contribute are listed in leaflets at concert events throughout the season. More information about the Fund is available (in .pdf format) by clicking on the link at the top of this page.