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Music For Music (M4M) Concert Series

The Music For Music (M4M) series was established in 2015 at Trinity Church to support its unique and historic music program. One hundred percent of all monies over costs, including Patron Support, goes to support over 40 young singers in the program.

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The Asberry Boys Concert

Trinity Coffee House presents

The Asberry Boys – Saturday, October 24, 2015, 7:00 p.m. in Trinity Church on the Green.Tickets:  $15 advance, $20 at door.

Purchase Tickets Now! buttonChecks should be made payable to “Trinity Church, memo Coffeehouse” and send to
Trinity Church Parish Office, 950 Chapel Street, 2nd Floor

Join us for a relaxed evening of fellowship, refreshments and music.

The Asberry Boys blend acoustic rock and blues to form a unique genre that highlights the vocal harmonies and exquisite string playing of the band’s members. Jeremiah, James, Jack and Sam Taubl are four brothers and the group’s founding members. They were finalists on America’s Got Talent in 2008 as part of the Taubl Family Band.

Opening – Matt Popp


Matt Poop in Georgetown TavernTrinity’s own Matt Popp will be opening for the Coffee House.  Matthew is a singer/songwriter from Orange, CT., who was a Trinity Choir member from 2000-2003, and has been in the men’s choir a total of five years.   He will be accompanied by guitarist  Jerome Goosman.

Matthew enjoyed many different kinds of music growing up, but country became his passion. In high school he developed a love for songwriting, turning emotions and experiences into music. During college, he started the band “Post No Bills”, and since its formation they have played all across Connecticut. Matthew continues to write music, and plays both with his band and on his own.

A video of Matt’s is here. More information can be found here: and Post No Bills on

The Choir of Men and Boys

The Choir of Men and Boys of Trinity Church, New Haven, is the oldest extant Choir of Men and Boys in Connecticut, and one of the oldest in the United States. Founded in 1885, and one of the few such choirs in continuous service since, the Choir recently celebrated its 125th Anniversary during the 2010-2011 season. As heir to a musical tradition begun in the Middle Ages and carried to this country in the nineteenth century, it has distinguished itself by continuously providing high quality choral music at Trinity worship services, at the annual Christmas and Spring concerts, and in the wider community. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary in 1985, Governor William O’Neill stated that the Choir of Men and Boys has “represented our state proudly in our own country and overseas, and has established a long and proud tradition of excellence and fellowship.”

The boys have a separate identity as the Trinity Boys Choir, singing services and concerts throughout Connecticut and the eastern United States. Their frequent community outreach activities have included benefit performances for the Children’s Center, Ronald McDonald House, Sage Services, Newington Children’s Hospital, the Fair Haven Parents’ Ministry, the Smilow Cancer Hospital, and most recently, for the annual Channel 3 Joy for Kids Holiday Show at the Hartford Stage.

Trinity New Haven Boys Choir in UK.4The Trinity Boys Choir has traveled to the British Isles to sing with cathedral choirs in Canterbury, Norwich, Coventry, Southwark, Wells, Lichfield, Llandaff (Wales), Southwell, Ely, Bury-St. Edmunds, Liverpool, Hereford, and Guildford. They have made five Christmas time appearances at the White House over the years.

Both the Boys Choir and the full Choir of Men and Boys regularly appear with other area musical organizations. In 1973, the Boys participated in a performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass with the composer in attendance. In 1985, the Boys were the treble group in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, under the baton of renowned conductor Robert Shaw. In December 1988, the Men and Boys, the Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy and members of the Choir of Christ Church, Greenwich, presented the first New England performance of Handel’s complete Messiah, sung by a choir of men and boys accompanied by period instruments. The Boys appeared as the treble choir, with the Julliard Orchestra, in a 1996 performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony at Lincoln Center.

To ring in the new millennium, the Boys Choir’s first public appearance was to serve, along with the Elm City Girls Choir (founded and conducted by Boys Choir Alum Thomas Brand), as the children’s chorus in Gustav Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with the Boston Philharmonic, performing in January 2000 at both Boston’s Symphony Hall and New York’s Carnegie Hall. Christmas later that year saw the full Choir of Men and Boys joining the American Classical Orchestra (ACO) in a performance of historic early nineteenth-century music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Boys Choir made its national television debut on NBC’s Today Show in December 2002. In April 2007, the Boys joined with their sister Trinity Girls Choir and members of the Elm City/United Girls Choirs as the treble choir for a performance of Britten’s War Requiem with the Yale Philharmonia and choruses, performing in both Boston’s Symphony Hall and Yale’s Woolsey Hall. The Men and Boys again joined with the ACO in February 2009, singing Haydn’s Mass in Time of War in New York City, and then again in April 2010 for a performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the Cathedral of St. the John Divine in New York.

Trinity New Haven Boys Choir in UK.3During 2011, members of the Boys Choir have appeared with the New Haven Chorale, the Yale Camerata, and the ACO. This past summer they traveled to England where they sang with the Men and Boys of Tewkesbury Abbey, and at Bristol Cathedral and St. Mary’s Church, Redcliffe (Bristol) under the direction of Dr. Barry Rose.

Director of Music Walden Moore is joined by Music Program Manager Rachel Segger and the Organ Scholars in training the choir and in all musical matters, and is assisted by an active parent organization in the many activities in the life of the choir. Anyone wishing audition information should contact Mrs. Segger at (203) 776-2616 or at

To see and hear choir performances, please visit YouTube at Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven

The Trinity Choir of Men and Boys, 2017 (Isabel Chenowith Photography)

The Choir of Men and Girls

It is fitting that, in a church with a distinguished tradition of choral leadership by children, the Trinity Choir of Men and Girls has taken a prominent place alongside its brother singers in the renowned Choir of Men and Boys. The Men and Girls Choir was founded in the fall of 2003, with members auditioned from all over south-central Connecticut. That first year, girls from grades 4 through 10 formed the soprano section of the choir. The Girls of the Choir represent many towns in the greater New Haven area; church membership is not a requirement. The alto, tenor, and bass sections are made up of professional singers from the area. Recently, girls that have graduated from the choir have returned to sing alto, just as young men who have graduated from the Boys Choir have joined the adult men singing tenor and bass.

The Girls have already established a strong reputation outside the walls of Trinity Church, traveling to Boston in their first year to sing at Trinity Church, Copley Square. In the spring of 2005, they traveled to Washington to join the Men and Girls of Washington National Cathedral for services in the awe-inspiring surroundings of that great cathedral. The full Choir of Men and Girls’ February 2007 concert in the Shrine of St. Ann in Waterbury and return concert there in March 2009 were met with particular acclaim. In April 2007, the Girls joined the Boys Choir and members of the Elm City/United Girls Choir as the treble choir for Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, presented along with the Yale Philharmonia and Yale choruses at Symphony Hall in Boston and at Yale’s Woolsey Hall.

The Girls of the Choir made their first tour of England in June 2007, singing at the cathedrals of Guildford, Southwark, and Winchester. At each stop, the Girls joined the resident choir of men and girls to sing under the direction of the resident music director.

At Christmas of 2007, the Men and Girls joined the Wallingford Symphony for their Christmas Concert in the Choate-Rosemary Hall Chapel. That same month and also one year later, they sang services of Christmas Lessons and Carols at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven. In February 2009 they joined the New Haven Chorale and the Heritage Chorale at Yale’s Woolsey Hall in a benefit concert for the music program at St. Martin de Porres Academy. In November 2009 they sang Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in the context of a service at Christ Church in New Haven. In April 2010 the Men and Girls (along with the Trinity Men and Boys and choirs from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York and Trinity Church in Princeton, NJ) performed Handel’s Coronation Anthems and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the American Classical Orchestra (ACO). Two months later, they were prominently featured as part of the National Convention of the Association of Anglican Musicians, where their singing for a service of Choral Evensong was highly praised by many of the church musicians in attendance. In the spring of 2011, members of the Girls Choir sang in appearances with the New Haven Chorale and the ACO.

Director of Music Walden Moore is joined by Music Program Manager Rachel Segger and the Organ Scholars in training the choir and in all musical matters, and is assisted by an active parent organization in the many activities in the life of the choir. Anyone wishing audition information should contact Mrs. Segger at (203) 776-2616 or at

The Girls Choir experience is described in this video:

Music - Girls choir cover for video

To see and hear more choir performances, please visit YouTube at Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven

Credit, top photo: The Trinity Choir of Men and Girls, 2017 (Isabel Chenowith Photography)

Music Staff

Mr. R. Walden Moore, Director of Music, Email: Walden Moore, (203) 776-2616

R Walden MooreMr. Moore has been Director of Music of Trinity Church on the Green in New Haven, since 1984, where he works with the Choir of Men and Boys, the Choir of Men and Girls, and the Parish Choir (mixed adult choir) in a regular schedule of parish services and appearances outside the walls of the church.

A 1980 graduate of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music/School of Music, where his organ studies were with Dr. Robert Baker and Dr. Gerre Hancock, he continues to serve as clinician, guest conductor and organist for choir festivals across the nation.

Recently, he was guest Music Director for the Royal School of Church Music in America’s King’s College Course in Wilkes-Barre, PA in 2012, and for the Charlotte, NC RSCM Course in 2013, and was guest lecturer/clinician for the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia/Leadership Program for Musicians workshop in Richmond, VA in the Spring of 2014. In 2016, Mr. Moore was the guest Music Director of the RSCM Rhode Island course at Newport.

He is past Chair of the Music Commission of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, having served on that commission for ten years, and has served on the Executive Board of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.  His experience in the field of practical church music has also led him to serve as a consultant in organ design for churches in Connecticut.

In 2007 he was appointed to the faculty of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music/School of Music as Lecturer (adj.) in Organ, where he teaches a yearly course in Liturgical Keyboard Skills.

Ms. Rachel Segger, Music Program Manager, Email: Rachel Segger, (203) 776-2616

rachel seggerRachel has been an attorney, an elementary school music teacher, and a full-time church organist/director of music. She holds an MM in organ (Yale School of Music) and an MAR in liturgical studies (Yale Divinity School) through the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, as well as an AB from Harvard and a JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law. Rachel and her husband have three sons, of whom the older two are recent alumni of the Boys Choir. As Music Program Manager, Rachel assists the Director of Music in the management of the Trinity music program, coordinating fundraising, planning for choir events and tours, recruiting choristers, managing choir calendars and rehearsal logistics, connecting with community music organizations, and serving as the point person for choir parents and members of the three parish choirs.

Mr. David von Behren, Senior Organ Scholar, Email: David von Behren, (203) 776-2616

David joined us in fall of 2017 as he began his graduate studies at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He is a native of Falls City, Nebraska and studies piano and voice as well as being an accomplished violinist and organist. He has received several Young Artist and Recital awards. David graduated in spring 2017 from the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and music theory. He concurrently served for four years as the organ scholar at Plymouth Church UCC of Shaker Heights, Ohio. During his summers, he established a program to introduce the pipe organ to young children and an informal concert series to showcase the talents of young musicians.

Mr. Jerrick Cavagnaro, Organ Scholar, Email: Jerrick Cavagnaro, (203) 776-2616

Jerrick Cavagnaro is currently a master’s student of organ at Yale University, studying under Thomas Murray. A recent graduate of Westminster Choir College, he obtained bachelor’s degrees in both sacred music and organ performance studying under Alan Morrison. After gaining experience as a substitute organist in high school, he began working as an assistant organist and substitute in several churches throughout northern New Jersey. More recently he was the music director at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Montville and Lincoln Park, NJ and later organ scholar at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown, NJ. During his time at Westminster Choir College, Jerrick maintained several positions as a choral singer, solo singer, and accompanist both in and out of school, singing baritone in and accompanying for the Grammy® nominated Westminster Williamson Voices directed by James Jordan.