Trinity Sunday Concert

Trinity Sunday Concert

Twelve Episcopal cathedrals across the United States, all bearing the name Trinity, will present a joint, online concert on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 4:00 pm EDT. Musicians from Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh will be among the performers. The concert will debut on the cathedral’s website and Facebook page at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

This collaborative performance comes at the end of a challenging year for all church musicians, including the musicians at Trinity Cathedrals around the country. These cathedrals serve as a microcosm of the challenges faces throughout the Episcopal church: some cathedrals have not yet returned for in-person worship, several have priests-in-charge as they are in transition, one is in the middle of major construction project closing the sanctuary, and others have just begun streaming their worship services during the pandemic, learning as they go.

“I have known a number of the musicians at U.S. Trinity Cathedrals for years, regularly seeing them at conferences, and thought this weird challenge of creating music for worship was surely a common issue where we could commiserate. Then I thought, rather than just commiserate, why don’t we collaborate on something for our parishioners and members of our dioceses, to give a glimpse of our cathedral music programs, especially as they functioned in this past year. And what better time for such a collaboration than Trinity Sunday.”

David Schaap, Organist and Choir Master at Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh

Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, has provided a video of “It Is Well,” a piece for organ and cello by Craig Phillips, and also a newly-composed piece for choir, “Come, Join the Dance of Trinity” by Alfred V. Fedak, performed by a quintet of Trinity’s choral scholars.

David Schaap was especially pleased to include the choral piece, since the composer dedicated it to the choir of Trinity Cathedral. The anthem uses a text of Richard Leach’s that pictures the three persons of the Trinity moving in an interweaving, circular dance, a popular 20th-century image often related to the theology of the Early Church Fathers.

The video collaboration will contain organ music, choral music, hymns, and instrumental music performed by soloists, choirs, organists, and other musicians within the cathedral parishes. Some will be pre-pandemic recordings, others created to share in online worship, and still others newly recorded for this video. Each cathedral has also provided photos, videos, and some drone videos which will be incorporated into the program. As befits the feast day, there will also be images of the Trinity in artwork throughout the ages.

Participants are from the Trinity Cathedrals in Cleveland, Ohio; Columbia, S.C.; Davenport, Iowa; Little Rock, Ark.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Portland, Ore.; Reno, Nevada; Sacramento, Calif.; San Jose, Calif.; and Trenton, N.J.

For more information, please contact David Schaap, dschaap@selahpub.com.