Category Archives: Music

The Parish Choir

The Parish Choir is a mixed adult choir comprising members of the parish and other interested singers. The Parish Choir rehearses weekly on Thursday evening from September through early June and sings for approximately two Sunday morning services a month and at other important parish services. The music of the Easter Vigil, one of the most dramatic and moving services of the liturgical year, is always led by the Parish Choir. During the summer months, they form the core of the volunteer choir that leads the music at the 10am service.

The choir sings a variety of sacred choral music, from plainsong, great classical works for the service, to gospel. As a four-part choir (SATB), they always work towards a sense of balance and ensemble. The members of the Parish Choir greatly value their opportunity to serve the Lord through their music.

The Parish Choir at Trinity New Haven

Trinity’s Parish Choir relies on volunteer singers and is eager to welcome any who think they might have interest. This spirited group of adult singers performs two Sundays a month during the regular church year, and weekly during Summer Sundays when other Trinity Choirs are on Summer holiday. The choral background of Parish Choir members varies widely—from experienced singers to enthusiastic amateurs. Professional section leaders help the group master repertoire during each service performance.

New adult members are welcomed without audition. This friendly group sings in a service twice monthly. Those interested in joining the choir should email  Walden Moore or call the Music Office (203) 776-2616 for more information.

Music-Parish Choir (2013-14)

The Æolian Skinner Organ

Æolian-Skinner Co., Op. 927 (1935)
Chancel organ revised 1949, 1958 & 1962

Designed by G. Donald Harrison (Tonal Director of Æolian-Skinner) & G. Huntington Byles (Organist/Choirmaster of Trinity Church)
A. Thompson Allen Co., Curators

Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (Keith Chapman) Andrew Kotylo, organ (recorded live, 8 Dec 2008)

78 Ranks (Gallery: 62, Chancel: 16)
* from Op. 851, 1930 (Trinity College Chapel, Hartford CT)

+ from Op. 464, 1924 (Cooper Residence, New Britain CT)

Great Organ
16 Sub Principal
8 Principal
8 Diapason
8 Gemshorn
8 Bourdon
4 Octave
4 Gemshorn
2 2/3 Quint
2 Super Octave
1 3/5 Tierce
IV Fourniture
8 Trumpet
4 Clarion
Chimes (enclosed in Choir)
Swell Organ
16 Lieblich Gedeckt
8 Geigen Principal
8 Stopped Diapason
8 Viole de Gambe
8 Voix Celeste
8 Flute Celeste II
4 Octave Geigen
4 Flute Harmonique
2 Fifteenth
VI Plein Jeu
16 Bombarde
8 Trompette
8 Oboe
4 Clarion
8 Vox Humana*
Choir Organ
16 Contra Gemshorn
8 Spitzflöte
8 Lieblich Gedackt
8 Dulciana
8 Unda Maris T.C.
4 Gemshorn
4 Lieblich Flöte
2 2/3 Nazard
2 Piccolo
1 3/5 Tierce
8 Trompette
8 English Horn
8 Clarinet
8 Tuba* (unenclosed, 13” w.p.)
Pedal Organ
32 Soubasse (ext. Bourdon 16)
16 Principal
16 Sub Principal GT
16 Violone
16 Gemshorn CH
16 Bourdon
16 Echo Lieblich SW
8 Octave
8 Flute Ouverte
8 Gemshorn CH
8 Still Gedeckt SW
5 1/3 Quint
4 Super Octave
4 Flute Harmonique
16 Bombarde
8 Trompette
4 Clarion Chimes GT
Chancel Great
8 Diapason
8 Rohrflöte
8 Erzähler
4 Octave
2 Fifteenth (from Fourniture IV)
IV Fourniture
8 Trompette
Chancel Choir
8 Stopped Diapason
8 Salicional
8 Unda Maris T.C. (prepared)
4 Flute Harmonique+
8 Flügel Horn+

Chancel Pedal
16 Bourdon
8 Principal
4 Choral Bass (ext. Principal 8)
16 Fagotto (half-length)


Being in a church is about building relationships. Trinity’s many organizations help to make our church a truly vibrant community.

Trinity’s lively and active parish community is led by volunteers who engage with each other through numerous committees, ministries and interest groups. Here are key contacts to guide your search for activities of interest to you.

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See and Hear Trinity!

Trinity has a strong media presence on social media, including over two dozen videos on YouTube, hundreds of photos on Facebook, and various videos and music recordings over the years on associated web sites.  For more original content  videos, photos, and documentaries, see:

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Interview with Rector Luk de Volder

Luk explains the reasons why he and his family moved to New Haven.

Google see inside – on three levels

Visit Trinity on the Green’s interior using the interactive technology of Google Map’s “See inside” on the bright November 2013 opening day of Trinity’s famous Holiday Bazaar.  Three levels of the historic 1814-1816 building may be visited: the Undercroft (the B button), the Nave (1 button), and the Galleries (2 buttons).  The amazing interactive “See inside” was photographed and created by Tony Bacewicz, an experienced professional photographer with video production, writing and reporting skills based in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

STHT - Open door to Trinity Chuch

Nave Panorama

Click on the image below for a panoramic view of Trinity  (it may require a plugin for some browsers). Seth Thompson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE.  He is “a media artist and writer involved in documenting and interpreting art, design and culture through print and online presentations. His research interests and practice primarily focuses on the interpretation and representation of visual culture and heritage using panoramic imaging and interactive media design.”  His  Sacred Spaces of New England online project features religious and secular places that elicit contemplation, reflection and inspiration.

STHR - Paranama by Seth Thompson Feb 28 2013

The Unseen Becoming Seen: What Sweeter Music

Perhaps the most beautiful time at Trinity is dawn. These jewel-like images, taken by Trinity photographer Joe Dzeda as the dawn rises in the Gothic Church, are set to Trinity’s famous Choir of Men and Boys singing John Rutter’s What Sweeter Music in a video composed by Neil Olsen.

In My Father’s House: What Wondrous Love Is This

Trinity’s Columbarium, a repository for the ashes of the dead, is unusual in many ways – it is beautiful, it is used for healing services, and it is in the nave instead of hidden away. The video is accompanied by the music of Trinity’s Choir of Men and Girls, directed by Walden Moore, singing a capella Christiansen’s What Wondrous Love is This, in a video composed by Neil Olsen, to photographs by Peg Chambers and Neil Olsen.

Trinity Secret Spaces

Come take a walk through the oldest Gothic Revival church in North America, up the bell tower,  and onto the roof for a view of New Haven, Connecticut, that you will never see elsewhere, all set to the sound of the magnificent Aeolean-Skinner organ with photographs by Joe Dzeda.

The Choir of Men and Boys of Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven

Johannes Eccard (1553-1611), “Presentation of Christ in the Temple,” sung by the Trinity Choir of Men and Boys, directed by Walden Moore, Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven, Connecticut, February 2, 2014

Home Board on the Harbor – the Seniors of Trinity

This video is of a 2012 seniors excursion on the Quinnipiack Schooner “There and Back Again.” The Trinity Church Home Board grew out of the Trinity Church Home Association, incorporated by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1862; “created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in the city of New Haven, refuge for the poor and friendless members of Trinity Parish, and such others as the board of managers may think entitled to its benefits.”  The music is by Trinity’s Spirit Singers, in a video composed by Neil Olsen with photographs by Ruth Risberg.

The Experience: All the Way to Chapel on the Green

Volunteers from Saint Peter’s, Cheshire, CT , came to New Haven to worship and share a meal with the homeless. Ana Arellano arranged the photos by Mallory Naylor and John Andrews perfectly to capture the experience.

Choir History

Our Tradition of Music

Choir - Academy black and white boys choir circa 1960sFrom the founding of Trinity in 1723, and the completion of the first wooden church in 1753, music has been an important part of its services of worship. By 1776, Trinity was taking the lead in establishing singing as a regular part of all Episcopal services throughout Connecticut.  There are records of an organ subscription being taken at the end of the Revolutionary War.  Trinity’s famous engraver and parishioner Amos Doolittle was one of the first American to engrave books with scores of music.

The Trinity Choir of Men and Boys is the oldest choir in New Haven, having been founded in 1885. It is the seventh oldest such choir in America. The Men and Boys who comprise its membership come from not only the parish but also the entire central Connecticut area. The Men and Boys usually sing at the 11:00 am service and other special parish services, including occasional Evensongs.

Below is a 1954 Recording of Trinity’s Boy Choir singing The Holly and the Ivy. This traditional Christmas carol features tenors Harry Clarke (lead) and Irving Held (harmony) and sopranos David Ragaini (lead) and Paul Berg (harmony).

Below, is the In the Bleak Mid-Winter, from an 1872 poem by Christina Rossetti, and with a 1909 musical setting by Harold Darke, was voted Best Christmas Carol in a 2008 BBC poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts. This version, by the Trinity Church (New Haven, CT.) Choir, was recorded in 1954 with a solo by David Ragaini.

In 1975 the 9:00 service began to incorporate more contemporary music and instruments, including drums, guitars, and rock style music. The Spirit Singers choir evolved out of the “rock band” choir of the late 1970s, expanding by the early 1980s into gospel, contemporary Christian, and popular music, with the congregation often using the Lift Every Voice and Sing hymnal accompanied by piano. They sang the hymns, solos, service music and anthems, for the 9:00 am service, and  every other Sunday in the summer and at special services including the 5:00 Christmas service. In 2012 they were disbanded, ending 37 years of experiment with contemporary music at Trinity.

The Adult Choir was initially created in the 1980s as a place for 11:00 adult parishioners not in the boys choir to sing. In 2012, they were renamed the Parish Choir, merging with members of the disbanded Spirit Singers.

It is fitting that, in a church with such a long tradition of choral leadership by children, the Choir of Men and Girls now takes a prominent place in the worship services of Trinity Church. The choir was founded in the Fall of 2003 comprising members auditioned from all over south-central Connecticut. Girls from grades 5 through 10 form the soprano section of the choir, accompanied by adult alto women, adult tenors and adult basses.

Book Available

Music on the Green, written by well-known historian (and New Haven native) Barbara Owen, details the long and rich history of Trinity’s music program, from 1752 until the present time. This fascinating softbound book of 100 pages covers Trinity’s choirs, choirmasters, organs, and even the church bells in both words and pictures. It can be ordered through the Organ Historical Society by clicking HERE.


Listen and Watch

The choirs have made several recordings over the years and much of their music is now on YouTube. Christmas music, secular music, traditional church music, gospel music, all kinds. Learn about the life of the choristers as they work and play. Listen, watch, and enjoy!

Take a few minutes to watch this video, which describes the life of both the Boys and Girls choirs. You’ll be glad you did!

More videos of the choir in performance are at YouTube Trinity Church on the Green, New Haven You may also want to search YouTube using the terms “Trinity Choir of Men and Boys New Haven”, “Trinity Choir of Men and Girls New Haven” or “Trinity on the Green New Haven”.

God So Loved the World (John Stainer ) Men & Boys

E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come (Paul Manz) Men & Girls

Stay With Us (Egil Hovland) Men & Girls

Psalm 130 Boys Choir with the gentlemen of the Schola Cantorum, Tewkesbury Abbey, England. Walden Moore, conductor

An dem Oesterlichen Tag (Johannes Brahms) Parish Choir

Wondrous Love (arr. Paul Christiansen) Men & Girls

Magnificat in C (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Parish Choir

The Lord Bless You and Keep You (John Rutter) Combined Trinity Choirs of Men and Boys and Men and Girls