Music is central to our worship experience at Trinity, and our choir leads our worship experience on Sunday mornings through robust arrangements celebrating our love of God and each other. The choir is made up of a diverse group of singers with different levels of skill but united in a desire to lead fulfilling worship.
We rehearse virtually every Sunday at 9:30 am from September through June and sing for the 10:30 am worship service. 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, or any choir member. You are sure to find it a blessing.
“Praise him upon the loud cymbals (big bells), praise him upon the well tuned cymbals (tuned handbells).” [Psalm 150]
If you can distinguish between the colors red & blue, count to 4 and keep rhythm – you can join the Handbell Choir! It’s a ministry that provides beautiful music to Sunday Services, while fostering a true community feel amongst the ringers since they are sharing one instrument (as opposed to playing in an orchestra where players play different instruments together), instilling a spirit of fellowship and cooperation. No formal music education is required.
Come watch a ringing practice, try your hand at ringing and decide if you wish to join the handbell choir: Sundays (October to June), 12:30pm at the Handbell Choir Loft (upstairs in the sanctuary).
Handbells are bells with clappers that can move in one direction only, thus giving ringers better control. They were invented in the early 1700’s in England to be used by tower ringers (ringing huge church steeple bells) to rehearse ringing patterns without disturbing the neighbors. Handbells were first brought to the United States in the 1830’s by the Peake Family Ringers and in 1840 by P.T. Barnum. In 1923 the first handbell choir was formed in the USA.
In 1985 Trinity Handbell Choir was formed under the direction of Rev. Kipp Zimmermann, thanks to a donation of bells by the Albano family in memory of their 16 year old daughter Monica, who died in a car accident. In 1990 Richard Walker assumed the directorship.
We have a set of 4 octaves of Schulmerich handbells and 2 and ½ octaves of Malmark chimes, donated by William Walenta Jr in memory of Paula Walenta.
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)
Sforzando (reversible pedal spoon)
Pedal to Great on all keyboard pistons, ON/OFF
Echo/Great Keyboard ON/OFF