Music is an intrinsic and important part of worship and parish life at Trinity Church. We invite you to be a part of it by joining a choir or adding your name to our mailing list for special music events. (Email Us)
Our organ was made and installed by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders in 2000. It is used on Sunday morning and for special concerts and services throughout the year. It is Taylor and Boody model Opus 34 and has 32 stops. The case is made of walnut and has many rich carvings.
Our Director of Music
Dr. Randall Swanson holds degrees in organ and sacred music from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin (Bachelor of Music, cum laude), the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas (Master of Music), and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois (Doctor of Music). Dr. Swanson served as Assistant Organist–Choirmaster under the renowned composer and conductor Richard Proulx at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, and later as Director of Music and Organist at Saint Clement Church in Chicago, where he served with distinction from 1989 to 2010. He began serving Trinity Church in January 2011.
Special concerts are an important part of the Trinity music program. Guest organists and other musicians are invited to play before special services throughout the year as well as to give stand-alone recitals. The Choir gives concerts at intervals. Trinity also plays host to special music events such as the Staunton Music Festival.
Trinity offers a choir for (almost) everyone. Practices are held in the Choir Room, downstairs in the Parish House.
Tuesday at 4:00 pm: Kindergarteners and first graders meet in the choir room with Constance Harrington and Kristin Reichert to start laying the foundations of music.
Tuesdays at 4:30 pm: Second to fifth graders meet with Constance and Kristin to continue foundation work and develop choral techniques.
The youth choirs rehearse on Wednesday afternoons during the academic year and sing in church about once a month.
Junior boys and girls (Trebles) meet at 5:00 pm on Wednesdays with Randall Swanson.
Senior boys and participating adults (Clerkes) meet at 6:00 pm on Wednesdays with Randall.
The main purpose of the parish choir is to support the liturgy every Sunday at 11:00, although it also sings for evensongs and occasional concerts. Previous experience in choirs and an ability to read music are helpful but not essential. Rehearsals are held on Thursdays from 7:00-9:30 pm during the academic year.
BICS! (But I Can’t Sing!)
BICS! is offered periodically to anyone who thinks they can’t sing but would like to be able to.
Music and Worship at Trinity Church
There are generally three services on Sunday mornings (two in the summer months).
The 7:45 service (Holy Eucharist, Rite I) is said with no music.
The 8:45 am service (Holy Eucharist, Rite II) includes unique guitar, piano and violin accompaniment to 1982 hymnbook selections. This “band” of volunteers rehearses for an hour each Sunday before the morning service and enjoys performing preludes that range from the occasional, joyful Celtic tune to a simple early music ensemble. The band invites any music lover who plays an instrument or sings and can attend the rehearsal to join in for a week, month, or year!
The 11:00 am service (Holy Eucharist, alternating Rite I and Rite II) is a traditional choral service with organ and full choir. The liturgy is sung on festive occasions. (The choirs also sing at Holy Week services, at several Evensongs a year, and for concerts and some funerals and weddings). The adult choir presently rehearses each Thursday evening (except in the summer) and for one hour on Sunday mornings; the younger choirs rehearse for 45 minutes each week in an afternoon. For more information about the choirs, please call the office at 886-9132.
If you woulld like to contribute to our Concert Fund, please send a check to Trinity Church, P. O. Box 208, Staunton, Virginia 24402-0208 with "Concert Fund" in the memo line. This fund helps to finance the free organ concerts given two or three times a year at Trinity Church.