When you come to Trinity Parish, you can expect to hear and participate in a rich range of music, from the chant, hymns and anthems of earlier centuries to spirituals, contemporary songs, and
original compositions. Instrumental accompaniment is usually by organ and piano, but an eclectic mix of instruments is heard during the year, ranging from a chamber orchestra to kazoo.
Directed by Terry Gaus-Woollen, the Trinity Choir blends volunteer singers and professional section leaders. The choir supports the congregation's worship, bringing musical expression to the
varying themes and stories of the Church year. A Junior Choir of children ages 7 to 14 rehearses after church each Sunday and sings in the service every few weeks. At Old Swedes Church,
congregational singing is supported by a cantor each Sunday.
Opportunities to become a part of this dynamic music and drama ministry are always available, regardless of experience. Please contact Terry Gaus-Woollen by e-mail or phone (302-652-8605) for more information. We're actively seeking new members!
Special Music & Drama Offerings
Music Festivals and bilingual services highlight a vigorous music calendar. At least once a year the choir performs a major work accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Works recently performed
include Bach's "Magnificat" and Cantata 17, the Fauré and Duruflé Requiems, and Schubert's Mass in G . Four times a year, our Spanish and English congregations come together to celebrate the Holy
Eucharist from both our distinctive and our common heritages, sharing language, music, and prayer.
Christmas, Lent, and Easter are times for special musical offerings marking these notable seasons of the Christian year. On Christmas Eve, the choir and younger members of the church family retell
the Christmas story in a traditional Christmas pageant. The birth of the Christ Child comes alive through costume, candlelight, song, scripture, and the voices of cherubim, lambs, and the heavenly
chorus. A Festival Choral Eucharist is celebrated both at Trinity Church and at Old Swedes.
Lent is marked with a retelling of the last days of Jesus. On Palm Sunday, through music ancient and modern, choir and narrators enact the story of Jesus' passion and death in a powerful and
moving dramatic presentation. The somber mood of Good Friday is transformed into joy with the coming of Easter. Celebrated with pageantry and triumphal music, the Easter message of hope and renewal
Trinity Parish offers other music and drama events for the congregation and public. A free series, "The Arts at Trinity" began in 2011 and featured a variety of
artists performing in Trinity Church. Find our more about the series including the complete schedule here.
In our number are jazz and blues musicians, guitarists and pianists, singers, actors and artists, and their creative energy enriches worship, fellowship and hospitality.
To be put on our mailing list for these events, contact the Parish Office by e-mail or phone (302-652-8605).