Music at Trinity
The Music Department of Trinity United Methodist Church enables musicians of all types to express their faith through God’s gift of music. From baroque choral anthems to the latest contemporary Christian music, Trinity’s Music Department provides many diverse and excellent ways of praising God. The Music Department is made up of vocal and instrumental groups of all ages for children, youth and adults. The Music Ministry staff is committed to serving Christ by producing music at its highest level of excellence. We welcome those interested in becoming a part of this great organization and look forward to getting to know you and sharing in the gift of music in worship.
The following is a list of musical groups within the Music Department of Trinity.
Trinity is blessed with an outstanding staff of musicians who lead and direct our children’s choirs. Associate Director of Music, Jodi Haskins organizes the children’s music program. The children’s choirs meet on Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:15pm September through April. All choirs have the opportunity to learn beginning music and vocal skills and at the 1st grade level begin to use drum and orff instruments along with Handchimes and Handbells. Each year the choirs participate in the Annual Christmas Program and in the Spring produce an outstanding musical. The choirs also provide music for traditional and Contemporary worship.
Like to sing? Like to ring? Come and join Cross and Flame Youth Choir and Handbells. We meet every Sunday afternoon to sing praise and prepare worship music together. A major component of each choir year is the annual Choir and Handbells Tour, which has taken the group to places like Boston, Chicago, New York, and even London. Who knows where it will take us this coming year…..Stick around to find out! All students in 6th-12th grade are eligible to participate.
The Cross & Flame Youth Choir is one of the most exciting musical organizations at Trinity UMC. In 2005, the choir sang the National Anthem for the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox. In 2006, the choir sang the National Anthem for an Atlanta Braves game! They have traveled to many great cities including New York, Boston, and London, UK. This choir is open to youth who are in 6th through 12th grade and sings one to two times each month in worship. The choir sings a mix of contemporary and traditional church music. Cross & Flame Handbells rehearses Sunday afternoons at 4:15pm in the Handbell Room, and the Cross & Flame Youth Choir rehearses Sunday afternoons at 5:00pm in the Music Suite located directly below the narthex of the main sanctuary.
The Sanctuary Choir is the main adult choir for Trinityʼs music program. They sing for the 8:45 and 11:00am worship services regularly. The choir alternates between 8:45 and 11:00am and once a month will sing for both worship services. The choir sings traditional as well as contemporary anthems. During Advent and Lent, the Sanctuary Choir prepares special music programs appropriate for the church year. Membership is open to all who have an interest in singing great church music and who have the desire to serve Christ to the best of their musical abilities. The Sanctuary Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:00pm.
The WAGHC is one of the finest handbell choirs in the state of Alabama. Jodi Haskins, our Associate Music Director, is the organizer and director. The WAGHC plays regularly in worship at Trinity and rehearses on Sundays at 6:00pm in the Handbell Room. They also attend regional American Guild of English Handbell Festivals. This choir is open to membership through auditions when positions become available.
The Trinity Orchestra is made up traditional orchestral instrumentalists who play in worship about once per month. The orchestra provides hymn accompaniment as well as accompaniment for the Sanctuary Choir. The Trinity Orchestra also plays stand-alone selections. The orchestra is designed for advanced musicians, and membership is by audition. The group rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:00am to prepare for 8:45am worship services.
Praise Alliance is a select group of singers whose primary focus is to provide a wide variety of choral music for traditional worship. PA rehearses on Wednesday evening from 8:00-8:30am. Membership is by audition.
Seeds of Faith is a ladies vocal ensemble. Seeds of Faith rehearses on Sundays at 9:45am and sings monthly in worship at 8:45 or 11:00am.
The Men’s Chorus meets on the second Sunday of each month to sing for the 8:45 service. The group meets at 7:30am for breakfast in the dining room, followed by rehearsal. All men of the church are welcome to join this group!
The Trinity Singers is made up of Senior Adults who love to sing! Rehearsals are Tuesdays at 10:00am in the Music Suite.
Russell Nelson, Director of Music Ministries, (205) 868-9705
Jodi Haskins, Associate Director of Music
Debby Holmes, Organist
Cindy St. Clair, Pianist