Trinity Choir sings in Washington, DC
On Sunday we will worship together at Washington National Cathedral, the U.S. seat of the Episcopal Church. Anyone who has been to the full-scale Gothic cathedral finds it a stunning treasure merging faith and architecture. It will be a treat for our choir to be ministered to by the Cathedral Choir at their 11:00 a.m Service.
For our second musical offering, the Trinity Choir will sing an unaccompanied choral program, at 3:00 p.m. at the National Cathedral, followed by the Cathedral Choir singing Choral Evensong at 4:00 p.m. In a room that seats several thousand, we can only imagine what our voices will feel singing together!
Leading up to the trip, the choir has twelve anthems to prepare and polish. Please pray for us to remain healthy on this winter adventure.
Tim Smith, Choir Master & Organist
Our first concert is Saturday evening at The Episcopal Church of Saint Stephen and The Incarnation; the church has a rich history in the heart of Columbia Heights Northwest. Two 19th century parishes merged in the 1920’s and built a new edifice at Newton and 16th Streets. Since the 1950’s the church has been a witness for social justice: first fully-integrated parish in DC; first “irregular” ordination of women occurred there; first same-sex holy union was blessed there. St. Stephen’s hosts more than fifteen community organizations that feed and clothe homeless, bridge gaps between cultures and ideologies on the street, defend women’s safety, foster dialogues for peace, provide job training connections, and even house those coming from across the country to demonstrate for justice at the Capitol.
Worship at St. Stephen and The Incarnation is a rich tapestry of multicultural resources mirroring the neighborhood. In the midst of this activity, the church building suffered from periodic water damage that eventually reached the Kilgen pipe organ, housed in a wing of the building with a flat roof.Since the early 1980’s the three-manual organ was reduced to a handful of functioning stops. As the parish raised funds for building renewal in 2014, an anonymous donor made a substantial gift for the organ to be revitalized.
The building repairs created an improved acoustic in the nave, and work designed and carried out by Chesapeake Organs has effectively doubled the size of the organ. Additions were made sympathetic to the style of the original organ, but expanding the variety of tonal color beyond what had been in the original scheme.
In February, forty-five singers and friends will board a coach bus at Trinity and ride to our nation’s capital for a weekend of music. While in town, we hope to fit in some sightseeing as well.