Music at Trinity
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Bach's St. John Passion
The Trinity Choir & the Portland Baroque Orchestra will join forces for Bach’s masterful Saint John Passion on Palm Sunday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m., and Monday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets begin at $15 and are on sale now by clicking HERE or by calling 503-478-1230.
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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 five through twelve and Choristers are in grades one through four.
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
Bruce Neswick (Interim Canon for Cathedral Music) has come from Indiana University, where he was Associate Professor of Organ. Prior to joining the faculty at IU, Mr. Neswick was the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York City, where he conducted the Choir of Girls, Boys and Adults and had oversight of the musical life of that historic church. Active in the field of church music, Mr. Neswick holds Fellowship degrees from the American Guild of Organists and the Royal School of Church Music. He has conducted dozens of summer camps and festivals for boy and girl choristers and has been commissioned to compose for performers and churches throughout North America.
Mr. Neswick’s skill at improvisation garnered him three first prizes from the 1989 San Anselmo Organ Festival; the 1990 American Guild of Organists' national convention in Boston; and the 1992 Rochette Concours at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva, Switzerland. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University and Yale University, and his organ teachers have included David Dahl, Margaret Irwin-Brandon, Gerre Hancock, Robert Baker and Lionel Rogg. As a recitalist, Mr. Neswick has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has been a frequent performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In 1994, he played the opening convocation for the national AGO convention held in Dallas, Texas, and he was a featured artist at national AGO conventions in Seattle (2000), Washington, DC (2010) and Boston (2014). He is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.
Arwen Myers (Music Associate) 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. Prior to moving to Portland, Arwen completed her graduate studies at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington, IN, where she studied voice with Patricia Havranek and Alan Bennett and worked 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 New York Oratorio Society solo competition in New York City, and in July 2014, she placed third nationally in the prestigious National Association of the Teachers of Singing Artist Award competition in Boston, MA. 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, and she has performed locally with such ensembles as Cappella Romana, In Mulieribus, The Ensemble, the Resonance Ensemble, Friends of Chamber Music, All Classical’s Thursdays at Three, and the Bach Cantata Choir, among others.
Christopher Keady (Assistant Organist) 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.