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Beautiful music is an important part of worship at Holy Trinity. A carefully orchestrated blend of instrumentalists, singers, and musical pieces enhances every service. The choirs perform everything from classical choral settings to African-American spirituals to original compositions. 

Choirs

Holy Trinity offers a variety of opportunities for people of every age to grow spiritually while improving their musicianship and exercising their musical talents.

Choirs for children age 4 and older offer musical instruction, an introduction to liturgical music, and the opportunity to perform during services and special events. Adult choirs utilize phenomenal musical talent to help members grow in their abilities. Adult choirs provide leadership for both the 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Sunday worship services.

Holy Spirit Choir
Open to children in Pre-K through 1st grade, the Holy Spirit Choir provides an introduction to basic musicianship through fun songs and games. Performance dates will be announced. The Holy Spirit Choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 4–4:25 p.m. September 15—December 15 (no choir rehearsal November 24). Children’s rehearsals will occur outdoors on the labyrinth with masks required for unvaccinated people in accordance with diocesan guidelines. Please dress accordingly.

Good Shepherd and All Saints Choirs
Children in grades 2–3 are invited to join the Good Shepherd Choir; and the All Saints Choir is open to children in grades 4 and above. Rehearsals focus on age-appropriate skills of basic musicianship (including rhythm, note reading, and vocal production) and preparation for services. The Good Shepherd and All Saints Choirs rehearse on Wednesdays from 4:30–5:10 p.m., September 15—December 15, (no choir rehearsals November 24). Children’s rehearsals will occur outdoors on the labyrinth with masks required for unvaccinated people in accordance with diocesan guidelines. Please dress accordingly. Performance dates (except December 24) will be announced soon.

Please note: We are constantly studying the safety information concerning children singing and gathering, and the updated  COVID guidelines. Safety is a primary factor in the decision to meet. Please watch for updates about our children’s choir program. Thank you.

The Chancel Choir
The Chancel Choir, under the direction of Dr. Ben Brafford, welcomes all interested adults and teenagers who have some skill in music reading and singing. The choir provides musical leadership at the 11:15 a.m. service. In addition to traditional choral music, the choir sings a variety of choral repertoire, including Spirituals, Celtic and Taizé music. Rehearsals are Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the rehearsal room, September 12—December 19.

Trinity Voices
Trinity Voices is a vocal ensemble comprised of music educators and professional singers from within the Chancel Choir. The 6-8 member ensemble will perform at services and in concerts throughout the year.

Holy Trinity Music School

Holy Trinity Music School offers quality music instruction in a variety of instruments for all ages, including a full range of Kindermusik opportunities for young children and private instruction this semester in guitar, piano and violin. For more information contact Ben Brafford at .

Giving to Support Music

While many expenses of our music program are covered by our church’s operating budget, we need parishioners' help to maintain the high level of music programming at Holy Trinity. If you are looking for a special way to honor a friend, celebrate a special event, or remember a loved one, please consider a gift to one or more of the funds listed below. Donors will be listed online, and you may select a particular Sunday to have a memorial or honorarium listed in the church bulletin. Thank you very much for your support.

For more specific information, please contact Ben Brafford, or 275-7009.

Richard Cox Endowment
Established in 2014, The Richard Cox endowment is meant to benefit the choral music program of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Any request for funds from the endowment should come from the church's choral director in consultation with the Rector, who has final approval over use of such funds. Normally, no more than 4 – 5% of the endowment can be used for the choral music program in a given year. However, on rare occasions, up to 10% of the endowment can be used, but such a request must be approved by the Rector and the Vestry.

Richard serves as Conductor Emeritus at Holy Trinity. His impact is immeasurable in the life of Holy Trinity, Greensboro, and many former students all over the world. To make a donation to the Richard Cox Endowment, please use our online giving page, or contact Annie Slaughter, or 272-6149 ext. 230.

The Brooks Music Fund
The Brooks Music Fund was established in 1988 in memory of Dr. Taylor Brooks by Dr. Jean Brooks, in coordination with Richard Cox. The Brooks Fund supports special music events at Holy Trinity, such as Festival Eucharists on Christmas Eve and the many services during Holy Week. Also, the fund supports other special musical offerings, including the Wednesday Stillpoint services, the Memorial service in December, the Service of Light in January, and our Sunday morning instrumentalists.

We are very grateful to the Brooks family for their generosity and dedication to the musical life at Holy Trinity over the past several decades. To make a donation to the Brooks Music Fund, please use our online giving page, or contact Annie Slaughter, or 272-6149 ext. 230.