Music has such power and emotional reach, it is truly a part of the fabric of community activities and liturgy, acknowledged for the pastoral role it can play in the heart of every listener. Trinity practices music as ministry, ably led by our Ministers of Choral and Congregational Music, and our Minister of Keyboard Music. We are blessed with an abundance of musical talent at Trinity and are grateful to those willing to share their gifts in musical offering and leadership
Trinity’s worship music is an eclectic mix with traditional hymnody and service music at its core. Music on a given Sunday might include hymns from The Hymnal 1982 and other more recent hymn collections, service music in a traditional style, Taizé chants, folk hymns, African American spirituals, and Latin American or African praise songs. While music from our splendid pipe organ is a staple, other instruments employed might include piano, guitar, violin, mandolin, flute, trumpet . . . even accordion.
Our volunteer choir of over 30 voices sings for the 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist from September through June, as well as for several special celebrations throughout the year. In addition to leading congregational singing, the choir performs choral anthems in a variety of styles, from classics, to artful contemporary arrangements, to spirituals.
Involvement by our musicians is also maintained with the Children and Youth, including singing with the children in the atria of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd on many Sundays, and working with the youth to participate musically in the 10:00 a.m. liturgy, especially for children and youth Sunday and the children’s Nativity Service.
Trinity regularly offers musical programming to the greater community. During various seasons, our well-attended Organ Concert Series has become a staple in Santa Barbara on Sunday afternoons. The quarterly Trinity Backstage coffee house also draws a large and faithful audience to listen to the best of folk and acoustic music.