Music

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Sacred music has played an important role at Trinity Church since the parish was founded in 1868. When the present church building was erected in 1891, the music program truly blossomed and the choral and instrumental music now matched the beautiful aesthetic of the present church building. This same vain of quality sacred music continues to the present day under the leadership of Mr. Dale F. Bonenberger, Trinity Church’s current Director of Music.

Trinity Ossining has always been noted as a high Anglo-Catholic parish in Westchester County on the banks of the Hudson River that contributes greatly to the spiritual and cultural life of the larger community, and Trinity’s music program is no exception. Trinity Church’s location, size, and acoustic make it the preferred venue in Ossining for concerts. In addition to the normal roster of Choral Eucharist Services, Evensongs, and Lessons and Carols, Trinity hosts several concerts each year that are both Parish and Community sponsored.

Trinity Church currently has a mixed voice choir of men and women who sing every Sunday in the academic year for the 10 AM Choral Eucharist Service as well as several mid-week Holy Days. The choral library of the parish is quite extensive and encompasses all the great masterworks and standards of the past 500 years of sacred choral music, while also containing many lesser known anthems, and many modern works that are just entering the repertoire. Trinity church has always prided itself on the quality music that is performed weekly during the liturgies, and under the current Director of Music, the entire breadth and depth of the choral library is again performed.

The parish also has an instrumental ensemble of various youth of the parish who play musical instruments. The Trinity Youth Ensemble, under the direction of Mr. Charles Schiermeyer, is comprised of eight musicians ages 8-17 who play various woodwind and brass instruments. Currently, the Trinity Youth Ensemble plays on the fourth Sunday of each month during the parish’s Family Eucharist Service.

Throughout the parish’s history, Trinity church has had three different pipe organs. The current 24-rank instrument was built in Germany in 1978 by Paul Ott, installed in the church in 1979, and contains 1,161 pipes. It is a two manual, tracker pipe organ built along traditional lines. For more information about the pipe organ, the tower bells, the parish’s Malmark hand bells, or information regarding upcoming Concerts or Choral Services, please see the tabs to the left.

Thank you for your interest in the Music Program at Trinity Church and we would like to extend a cordial invitation for you to come to Trinity Church for a service or concert and hear our wonderful music making for yourself.