Here you will find selected articles from Trinity Memorial Church's monthly newsletter, the Trinity Times.
The Trinity Choir in Washington, D.C.
A great opportunity was offered to us last summer: to sing at Washington National Cathedral in the season of Epiphany, 2017. This coincided with the completion of an organ renovation project at The Parish of St. Stephen and the Incarnation, also in Washington. And so, three nights booked at the Dupont Circle Hotel provided a base from which we could make music on Saturday evening, February 18, and Sunday afternoon, February 19.
St. Stephen’s Choir hosted us for a lovely lasagna dinner before our concert. Musician Michael Salmon had grown up in greater Binghamton: his father ordained to the priesthood at Christ Church. The choir’s hospitality extended to a cake reception in the nave following the concert. We offered 6 works accompanied with organ, and 6 works a capella. Theses unaccompanied pieces were repeated at the Cathedral the next day as a Chorale Prelude to Evensong.
You can listen to the pieces offered at St. Stephen and the Incarnation on Trinity Memorial's YouTube channel.
One must visit the Cathedral to sense the enormity of the space. Light filtered through thousands of colored glass panels plays on the soaring stone walls. Musical tone hangs in the air in an other-worldly manner. The symbols and images of the Cathedral continually refresh the senses and sharpen one’s spiritual awareness. We shared in Eucharist Sunday morning which helped us to experience some of the awe and mystery of the Cathedral. The Choir was focused and prepared to sing beautifully straight down the nave. As tourists wandered through the immense space, dozens stopped to listen to the voices.
You may listen to the pieces offered at the National Cathedral on Trinity Memorial's YouTube Channel.
Interestingly, a few weeks later, the Choir was invited back for a Sunday this summer to sing an entire Sunday: morning Eucharist and afternoon Choral Evensong. It is a challenge, a privilege, and a joy to contemplate returning to the seat of the Episcopal Church in America to share our gifts in praise to God.
Pictures courtesy of the Rev. Sam Dessordi Leite, senior priest at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, and Rick Shumaker.
Pictures courtesy Bill Palmer, Rick Shumaker, and Peter Koeppel.