Trinity Episcopal Church – Escondido, California

Music


Music is an integral part of this parish’s worship and offering to God, seeking to express what is otherwise inexpressible. In response to the Psalm, “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,” and its corollary, “Worship the Lord in holiness of beauty”, we offer the best music possible respecting the intelligence and emotional richness of human beings.

The choirs (Parish Choir and Trinity Choristers) sing at the 10:00 Eucharist from September through Trinity Sunday. At present, the Trinity Choristers sing once a month and at major feasts such as All Saints’ Day and Easter Day. We maintain a good “parish church” standard, and sing a wide range of church music reflecting high standards of the liturgical art. The choir and organ music list include the works of composers from all parts and ages of the Western Church: from Palestrina, Byrd, and Victoria, to Willan, Howells, and Leighton, by way of Brahms, Fauré, and the Victorian stalwarts such as Parry and Stanford.

Practice Schedule

Wednesdays
5:30-6:30 pm – “Trinity Choristers” Youth Choir (ages 7 through 14)
5:45 – “Trinity Bells”  Handbell Choir
7:30pm  - Adult Choir

At major feasts a Solemn Mass is often celebrated with a choral setting of the Ordinary with the plainsong Propers taken from the English Gradual or Anglican Use Gradual. Sung Masses have included the Byrd Mass for 4 voices, Haydn Missa Brevæ, and the Missa Pro defunctis (plainsong). Once fully established, the Trinity Choristers will also be fully integrated into the cycle of major choral services.

Trinity Episcopal Church is one of the few places in San Diego where liturgical music can be heard regularly as an integral part of the liturgy for which it was composed. A well-rehearsed choir in formal dress may produce beautiful sounds on a concert stage, but sacred music can be appreciated fully only when it is part of a complete liturgical setting. We are fortunate to have the wholehearted support of the Rector and Vestry in the attempt to maintain this tradition.

Adult Choir

We are always in need of new members for our Parish Choir. At present, we need to continue developing the numbers to maintain our high standards. We have regular weekly rehearsals. There is a sung service every Sunday morning and the occasional Sunday evening for Evensong. We are not a professional choir and no one is expected to attend all the time, but members are strongly encouraged to be committed.

If you live in the San Diego North County area and are interested in joining the choir, why not come along to a sung service and speak to David Lewis, Organist and Choirmaster, afterwards?

Trinity Choristers (Youth Choir)

 The Trinity Choristers, (children ages 7 through 14), help lead the congregation of Trinity Church, Escondido in worship through their beautiful music. They learn the fundamentals of music and apply these principles at the Choral Eucharist approximately once a month and on major feast days of the church. Singing in the Trinity childrens choir allows a child to experience the beautiful choral music of notable composers from the Renaissance through our own day. The musical training and appreciation a child will receive connects many aspects of a child’s life. Music is a wonderful gift.

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Trinity Bells

The Trinity Bell Choir is a relatively new addition to the music ministry at Trinity. Joe Stanford leads the group and invites new members to join.

Contact Joe at bellchoir@trinityescondido.org for more information.

Help spread the word!

The growth of the music program will continue and expand by getting the word out to the surrounding community. Please tell other families you know about the choir and all it offers. This might include neighbors, friends of yours and colleagues at work. If you need an information package about the music program, the music staff will be pleased to supply the information. The many musical, educational and social benefits that being in a good music program can provide are available to all community members. Do not hesitate to email David Lewis if you have any further inquiries.

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845 Chestnut Street
Escondido, California
760.743.1629

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