Trinity’s music program seeks to serve the people of Trinity Lutheran Church and the wider community by providing high quality musical experiences to enhance our corporate worship and support people on their journeys of faith
Music is an important part of our worship life at Trinity Church. Our music ranges from the traditional chorale hymns to the sounds of global songs; from handbells to soft rock. Musicians are also available to assist with music for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.
With three worship services a week, plus several concerts and special worship services a year, there are plenty of opportunities to use your musical talents. Summer is a special time for members of the congregation to share their musical gifts for special music.
Even if you don’t know anything about music, we welcome you and provide support to enable you to praise God through voice or instrument. Being an inclusive music ministry, we seek a diversity of musical expressions encompassing a wide variety of historical and cultural styles.
Please look over the opportunities below, then contact me at 331-5195 to discuss your areas of interest.
— Karl Olsen, Minister of Music
This is our “traditional” church choir. We have our traditional aspects such as singing great choral works of Mozart, J.S. Bach, and Vivaldi. We also reach beyond as we sing good contemporary literature, personal compositions, and various other styles of music. Some choir members are beginners while others have a life-long musical vocation or avocation.
We rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and sing three or four Sundays a month. Music reading ability is helpful, but not required. Through focusing on solid repertoire and good choral techniques, our goal is to provide support for the worshipping congregation and a musical outlet for people as we sing praise, remembering the story of God’s grace and action in our lives. Come and join us.
ICTHUS is our youth choir (grades 6-12). ICTHUS (ΙΧΘΥΣ) is the traditional word and symbol for early Christians. During times of persecution in the early church, the fish symbol would be a discreet way of identifying fellow Christians. The five original letters of the Greek word (ΙΧΘΥΣ) were the first letters of each of five words, “”Ίησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ Υἱός, Σωτήρ,” or “Jesus, Christ, God’s Son, Savior.” It let others know they were believers.
We sing traditional choral music, various forms of a cappella pieces, folk/pop/jazz influenced songs, and a wide variety of music for different occasions. We try to sing only music that we can really connect with, music that we care about and music that conveys a message to the church and world of today. Sometimes we just choose pieces because they’re fun to sing.
We sing at church services, and have sung at remembrances honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at interfaith peace vigils and gone caroling, among other events. Speak with Karl Olsen to find out about joining ICTHUS.
Breaded Fish (think “I will make you fish for people” and being surrounded by the love of Jesus, the bread of life) is our church band. Keyboard, bass, guitar, drums and some four-part harmony lead the late service with music from the 1950s to the present. Rock and roll, folk and jazz, contemporary music, originals and global songs are all part of the fuel that powers the band as we help lead worship. Songs of faith and hope, justice and liberation, inclusion and mercy are part of our playlist, and we’re always willing to try something new.
Soloists and Instrumentals
There are a number of soloists (both instrumental and vocal) in our congregation. These youth and adults support both liturgical music and the various ensembles, and provide solo and small group music for services and other occasions throughout the year. All are encouraged to bring forth their gifts as they are led, and we’ll find a way for those gifts to be put to use within the Trinity community and beyond.
Trinity’s Bell Choirs
(Under the leadership of Linda Nevermann)
We invite all who are willing to ring bells on Monday evenings at 6:15. This is a choir for 6th graders – adults. It is a slower pace where the beginner becomes comfortable ringing bells and providing music on Sunday mornings. Music reading is not required; just a willingness to serve. Learning with beginners can be a hilarious experience and becomes a support network that allows the choir to be comfortable with each other through faith, service, and friendships. As openings become available in Trinity Bells, Mission ringers can “graduate” to the experienced choir.
Trinity Bells is an experienced bell choir that meets Tuesday evenings at 6:15. They participate in worship services and occasionally perform in the community. A close-knit bond develops as ringers rely on each other musically, and form friendships that reach beyond the group. Ringers graduate from the Mission Bells into Trinity Bells.
Trinity Bells performs a variety of musical genres; classical, swing, jazz, spirituals, and more. Periodically throughout the year, we invite guest musicians to perform with us, especially our organist. We play music written by Mozart, Handel, Pachalbel, Beethoven, John Williams, and many other contemporary arrangers. We enjoy praising our Lord through music.
Some musical selections for your spiritual reflection,refreshment, and enjoyment…