The Music Program
The Music Program
Music pervades the life of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church.
Music is an integral part of parish worship. The E.M. Skinner organ and the parish’s choir enhance the meaning, beauty, and mystery of our worship services.
Music is a very active component of our community outreach.
Choir of St Ann and the Holy Trinity
The St. Ann’s Choir sings the Choral Eucharist each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and is open to all who are interested in singing old and contemporary music appropriate to the liturgy.
Rehearsal takes place at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday before the service, and on occasional extra days as we prepare for special offerings at Christmas, during Holy Week, and Easter Sunday. Membership is open to any who read music, and who are interested in singing the great music of the Anglican tradition.
Those who wish to learn more about participating in the choir should contact thechurch office.
The youngest members of the parish have their own chance to embellish services of worship. Open to all parish children, the choir rehearses several times a month after the service while the adults are enjoying coffee hour, and it performs on specially selected Sundays. The music is chosen for ease of mastery by children of any age and for its appeal to the singers. Direct inquiries to the church office. (See Children’s Programs.)
The Peabody Memorial Organ
Thanks to our superb 1925 E.M. Skinner organ, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is able to offer a full spectrum of music, both religious and secular, to a variety of audiences. The high quality of the instrument itself has proved to be a valuable fundraiser in the long-term campaign for its restoration. At the beginning of the current restoration efforts in the mid-1990s, fully a third of the organ was silent, and much of the remaining pipes were in need of both tonal and physical restoration. The organ was plagued with silent notes, and the console was unreliable. As of 2010, most pipe ranks are now playing, though the chimes and celesta remain silent. Tonal restoration has returned the organ to its intended sound, and the console has been rebuilt. There are still problems with dead notes, and the winding system and note action need re-leathering and reconditioning. These are all being addressed as funds are available.
The parish desires its historic property to serve the community and to be a useful resource for many purposes. In particular, we recognize the extremely fine acoustics of the church space for musical performance. St. Ann’s is pleased that a number musical organizations have sought out the sanctuary space for their rehearsals and performances and welcomes their interest.
Concerts and Recordings
See list of upcoming concerts and recitals