Music at Trinity
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The Music Program at Trinity Cathedral is diverse, creative and grounded in the unique Anglican heritage of music in the Episcopal Church. Trinity music reflects the variety and scope of our Cathedral liturgies, from the regular Sunday morning Eucharist to the quiet Vespers services and to festival occasions. The Trinity Music Program is widely recognized for its depth of repertoire and high standard of performance. The central mission of the Music Program is to support the regular liturgy of the Cathedral. In addition we have supported many liturgical events outside our primary Eucharist celebrations. These have become a traditional part of the worship life at Trinity and also reach out to other parishes and the community.
These events currently include:
* the Advent Procession of Lessons and Carols
* a Carol Service prior to the midnight Christmas Eucharist
* a Trinity Choir Lenten liturgy
* Holy Week liturgies, and
* Vespers services featuring the Cathedral Chamber Choir. Guest organists from across the country are often incorporated into Cathedral Vespers.
The Music Program offers events for the broader Portland community such as organ recitals and the New Year’s Eve Festive Concert which draw on a wide range of performers and benefit community organizations.
Many of these programs, incorporated into the annual Trinity Music Series, have become an integral part of the Portland cultural scene. More than 12,000 people annually attend musical events at Trinity Cathedral. Response to the music program has brought many new members to Trinity.
Trinity’s pipe organ is a centerpiece of music at the Cathedral. Recognized worldwide as one of America’s finest examples of mechanical-action organs, it is featured in liturgies and recitals, attracting renowned performers from all over the globe.
Several choirs serve our liturgies. The Trinity Choir and Cathedral Chamber Singers are adult choirs. Coventry Singers are from grades six through twelve and Choristers are in grades one through five.
The Pacific Youth Choir, an independent, multi-level organization of six choirs, with singers from the broader community, is in residence at Trinity.
For more events and further details, please visit our calendar page.
In addition, please see reviews and recordings of Trinity music.
Meet the Music Staff
Michael Kleinschmidt (Canon for Cathedral Music) joined the Trinity staff in August 2010. Prior to coming to Portland, Michael was the Director of Music at Trinity Church in Boston, where he had served since 2001. He studied at Oberlin College with renowned organist Haskell Thomson, and earned his graduate degree from the prestigious Eastman School of Music with the late Russell Saunders. Michael also completed a Fulbright in Vienna at the Hochschule für Musik studying organ literature and improvisation with the celebrated organist, composer, and conductor Peter Planyavsky.
A first prize winner in various American Guild of Organists competitions and in the Flint International Organ Playing Competition, Michael has been heard in concert throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. His album Nativities and Passions has received high critical acclaim and can be found on iTunes and Amazon. Michael has also served as a guest conductor for summer choir courses of the Royal School of Church Music/America in St. Louis and North Carolina and for diocesan youth choir festivals in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Trinity is thrilled to enjoy the musical leadership of such an accomplished artist.
Arwen Myers (Music Assistant) started at Trinity as a staff singer in September 2012 and began work as Music Assistant and director of the Coventry Singers in April 2013. Before moving to Portland last year, Arwen was completing her graduate studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, where she studied voice with Patricia Havranek and Alan Bennett and had the privilege of working closely with such renowned scholars and performers as Daniel Melamed, Nigel North, Michael McCraw, Carol Vaness, John Poole, and others. She sang at Trinity Episcopal Bloomington with the celebrated organist Marilyn Keiser for the seven years she lived in Bloomington.
A singer praised for her musical sensitivity and clarity of tone, Arwen is quickly gaining a reputation as an intelligent and skilled interpreter of new and early music. In April 2013, Arwen was a semifinalist in the prestigious New York Oratorio Society solo competition in New York City. She has been featured as a soloist in various concert and chamber works and has appeared with such ensembles as the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. In addition to her concert work, Arwen is an accomplished recitalist and choral singer. Trinity is so pleased to welcome her to the staff.
Christopher Keady (Organ Scholar) sang with the Trinity Choir in 2009 and 2010 and joined the staff as Organ Scholar in April 2013. A native of Eugene, Oregon, and a lifelong musician on a variety of instruments, Chris began singing at age 6, studying piano at age 8, and playing the organ at age 16. He studied organ with Lee Garrett at Lewis & Clark College, graduating in 2010, and served in positions at All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Rose City Park Presbyterian Church before coming to Trinity. He continues to study organ with Trinity’s own Michael Kleinschmidt.
An active member of the Portland chapter of the American Guild of Organists, Chris serves on its executive board as Registrar and played in the 2012 Bach-a-thon at the Parish of St. Mark. For the past two years he has sung with Oregon Repertory Singers and this year appeared in the orchestra for ORS’s performance of Bach’s motet Jesu, meine Freude. Chris frequently serves as organist at Lewis & Clark College for services and concerts, where he also works in the college bookstore. He has a keen interest in architectural and church history, and this year will attend the Organ Historical Society’s annual convention in Vermont as an E. Power Biggs Fellow.
Listen to the Trinity Choir
Click on any selection below and experience the sounds of the Trinity choir.
Loquebantur varis linguis apostoli by Thomas Tallis (sung during communion, Day of Pentecost, May 27, 2012)
O sacrum convivium by Olivier Messiaen (sung during communion, Trinity Sunday, June 3, 2012)