Music at Trinity
When you come to Trinity Parish, you can expect to hear and participate in a wide 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 Terrence 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. 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 always seeking new members!
Terrence ‘Terry’ has been the director of music with Trinity Parish since 1989. He was educated at the School of Music, University of Wisconsin, with post graduate study in Florence, Italy, and New York City. Terry worked for churches in the New York area (St. Mary the Virgin, St. Joseph’s in the Village, and St. Paul’s in Paterson) before coming to Trinity. He was organist and choir director at St. James American Church in Florence, Italy, while completing his postgraduate work there in the study of voice, Italian, and art history. He has composed many pieces, for both the choir and the congregation. Among the accomplishments of his time here are the many music festivals he has directed — works such as the Mozart and Duruflé requiems and masses by Dvorak, Schubert, and Haydn performed by choir and chamber orchestra as part of the regular Sunday liturgy.
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. 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, the story of Jesus’ passion and death is retold in powerful dramatic readings. 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 is proclaimed. To receive information about these events, contact the parish office.