Worship :: Music

Trinity Vocal Choir
The Trinity (vocal) Choir rehearses virtually every Sunday at 9:30am from September through June and sings for the Sunday, 10:30am worship service, offering anthems and supporting the congregational singing. The choir, open to adults and teens, welcomes anyone who enjoys singing - at all levels of ability.

Indeed, in the words of St. Augustine, when you sing you pray twice. If you've been singing all your life, or just want to get back into it, or even want to try to learn, come join us for this vital ministry in leading the congregation in worship. If interested, please speak to William Easterling (Trinity's Organist/Choir Director), the Pastor, any choir member, or just show up! You are sure to find it a blessing.

Trinity Handbell Choir
Trinity's Handbell Choir members are always looking to entice others into picking up and ringing a handbell, becoming enthralled by its sound, and working together as a synchronized unit to create beautiful music to the glory of God and to enhance the worship experience for our congregation.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! You'll learn everything you need to know. Anyone from age 8 and up is welcome! If interested or for more information, please contact Richard Walker (Handbell Director) or the church office, or just drop by a rehearsal! We generally rehearse in the church balcony on Sundays from 12:30pm to 1:30pm (after morning worship) from September through June.

Please join us, or pass on this invitation to someone you think might be interested. Thanks!

E.M. Skinner Pipe Organ, 1927 Opus 614

5 Divisions, 3 Manuals and Pedal
29 stops, 26 ranks, 1616 pipes
(20 chimes moved to new independent rack)

The Skinner Organ at Trinity was completed in 1927 and numbered Opus 614. It has five divisions or separate organs, 29 stops and 26 different sets or ranks of pipes. The over 1600 pipes, made of clear pine, zinc, tin and lead are played from the three-manual and pedal console in the west transept, which is connected to the pipe chambers with Skinner's flawless electro-pneumatic key action. Though Mr. Skinner's earliest influences (1905) were completely American, European developments, especially by the British firm of Willis, were to be incorporated into his later mature instruments.

A reed voicer from the Willis firm named Donald Harrison was already in Skinner's Boston factory at the time Opus 614 was built. Harrison soon became Mr. Skinner's new president and tonal director. Opus 614's original Great Gamba, Swell III Mixture, and Choir Chimney Flute are early Harrison influences, possibly the earliest!

In 1967 M.P. Moeller rebuilt the electro-pneumatic key action and recast minor changes to the stop list. Not all of the instrument was rebuilt in 1967. A complete restoration of sections of the instrument began in the early 1980's. This historic organ is irreplaceable -- an organ of comparable size and quality would cost over $700,000. We endeavor to preserve Trinity's and Long Island City's musical legacy of almost 80 years, knowing it will continue to the glory of God for generations to follow.

CHOIR DIVISON (enclosed, 5 ranks, 4 stops, 280 pipes)

8' Dulciana (removed)
8' Gamba (previously on Great)     61 pipes
8' Chimney Flute (1-18 wood)     73 pipes
4' Flute (25-73 harmonic)     73 pipes
8' Clarinet     73 pipes
Choir to Choir 16', 4'
Choir to Great 16', 8'
Choir to Pedal 8'
5 division pistons (buttons below keyboard)
ECHO DIVISION (gallery, enclosed, played from Great keyboard, expression pedal shared with Choir, 3 ranks, 3 stops, 171 pipes)
8' Flute Celeste     49 pipes
8' Flute Angelica     61 pipes
8' Vox Humana     61 pipes
(original gone, new to organ and gift of Randolph Gilberti)
GREAT DIVISION (6 ranks, 6 stops, 366 pipes)
16' Bourdon (man. scale)     61 pipes
8' Clarabella (1-12 stopped)     61 pipes
8' Diapason     61 pipes
(1-12 original, 13-61 new to organ and gift of Randolph Gilberti)
4' Octave     61 pipes
2' Superoctave (Moeller, '67)     61 pipes
8' Tuba     61 pipes
Great to Great 4' (includes Echo)
Great to Pedal 8' (includes Echo, reversible pedal spoon)
5 division pistons (includes Echo, buttons below keyboard)
SWELL DIVISION (enclosed, 11 ranks, 9 stops, 755 pipes)
16' Bourdon     73 pipes
8' Salicional     73 pipes
8' Voix Celeste     73 pipes
8' Gedeckt     73 pipes
8' Diapason     73 pipes
4' Flute     73 pipes
III Mixture     183 pipes
8' Cornopean     73 pipes
8' Corno d'Amore     73 pipes
Swell to Swell 16', 4'
Swell to Choir 8'
Swell to Great 16', 8', 4'
Swell to Pedal 8', 4'
5 division pistons (buttons below keyboard)
PEDAL DIVISION (1 rank, 7 stops, 44 pipes)
16' Bourdon (Great)
8' Gedeckt (Great)
16' Major Diapason & 8' Octave 44 pipes
16' Echo Bourdon (Swell)
8' Still Gedeckt (Swell)
5 division pistons (pedal toe studs)
Crescendo Pedal
Sforzando (reversible pedal spoon)
Combination action:
Pedal to Great on all keyboard pistons, ON/OFF
Echo/Great Keyboard ON/OFF

We thank Randolph Gilberti, our pipe organ architect, for information provided here, for gifting portions of the Great Diapason and the Echo Vox Humana (in memory of Calvin Hampton), and for continuing to so ably take care of our instrument as he has done for several decades.