THE MUSIC MINISTRY OF TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Our parish offers opportunities to serve through music in the Trinity Choir, as well as through occasional offerings by our Trinity Youth.
“He who sings pray twice.”* This statement attributed to Saint Augustine of Hippo captures the essence of church music down through the ages to the present time. One of the unique aspects of sacred music is its inherent inclusiveness. As members of the congregation, you all become ministers of music, our Congregational Choir, when you raise your voices in the corporate singing of hymns and service music.
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For those of you who wish to experience even greater involvement, we invite you to join the Trinity Choir. Rehearsals are held on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM from the Wednesday post Labor Day through Trinity Sunday, and we gather on Sunday mornings at 9 AM. We offer an anthem most weeks, plus service music and hymns, along with participating in other seasonal liturgies and special services throughout the year: Advent, Christmas Eve, Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, and our own feast day Trinity Sunday, amongst others. On occasion, we also offer Compline & Concert and Choral Evensong. The ranks of our faithful choristers are supplemented each week with talented vocalists from Kentucky Wesleyan College and Owensboro High School.
We draw upon the ageless sacred music repertoire and hymnody from the seventeenth century to the present day, with a special nod toward our Anglican roots and freshly transcribed eighteenth-century sacred music from manuscripts plus forgotten Victorian choral treasures. Our sacred aural palette is quite eclectic! We often are accompanied by instrumentalists from our parish family and others from the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. During the summer months, we hear music each week from the loft on the beautiful 1976 Holtkamp Pipe Organ with occasional vocal offerings, and our joyfully anticipated end of the summer season Congregational Hymn Sing.
* Catechism of the Catholic Church 1156: “Eph 5:19; St. Augustine, En. in Ps. 72,1: PL 36, 914; cf. Col 3:16.”
SOLI DEO GLORIA
The Holtkamp Organ Company traces its lineage back to when G.F. Votteler established a shop for the manufacture of organs in Cleveland, Ohio in 1855. Under the leadership of Walter Holtkamp, Sr. (1894-1962), the company became known as one of the finest in the USA. Holtkamp was a pioneer of the organ reform movement in the USA. The movement departed from the orchestrally oriented tones of the previous generations. Musicians and organ builders returned to the centuries old aesthetic of the pipe organ as an instrument of church and church oriented music. Walter Holtkamp, Sr.’s funeral was held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.