The Choir at Holy Trinity consists of volunteer singers from the parish and four choral scholars. The choral scholarships were made possible by a grant from the Diocese of Southern Ohio and are part of a broad program of support for the arts that originates in the Miami Episcopal Student Ministry.
The Choir sings regularly from September through May at all 10:30 AM Sunday services, and for special services such as the traditional Advent Service of Lessons and Carols, Christmas Eve Eucharist, Maundy Thursday, and the Great Vigil of Easter. Many services include music employing instrumentation with brass, string, or woodwind instruments.
In addition to music for the liturgies of the church year, the choir also occasionally sings in concert. On Good Friday of 2012, the choir performed Gabriel Fauré's Requiem Mass in concert. Miami students formed the orchestral ensemble and served as soloists. Several years earlier, the choir sang a Schubert Mass with orchestra as the service music for a Sunday morning Eucharist.
Commissioned Choral Works
The parish has commissioned a number of choral works from major American composers, including Gwyneth Walker, Howard Helvey and Adolphus Hailstork.
This year we are joined by four Choral Scholars:
Ali Rose Hotz, soprano, is a senior Vocal Performance major and Music Theatre minor at Miami University from Toledo, OH. Performances at Miami include the roles of Anne Egerton in A Little Night Music, Rose Maurrant in Street Scene, Ally in the The Martian Chronicles, and Despina in Cosi fan tutte. This past year, she placed second at the Ohio NATS competition in the Junior Women category and placed in the top three at Hillel Cincinnati’s Campus Superstar. At Miami, she is President of Student NATS (National Association of Teaching of Singing), Vice President of Miami University Fashion & Design (MUF&D), and is a campus tour guide.
Delaney Roberts, mezzo soprano, is a senior Choral/General Music Education major at Miami. Upon graduation this Spring she hopes to become a middle school choir teacher. Delaney's hometown is Columbus, Ohio, but she has also lived in Memphis, Seattle, and Cape Cod. She is a member of the Miami University Chamber Singers, as well as a founding member of her sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Delaney is very excited to be a member of the choir at Holy Trinity, and is looking forward to getting to know the members of the church.
Will Ellis, tenor, is a junior Music Education major with a minor in Music Theatre from Middletown, OH. This is his second year singing as a Choral Scholar with Holy Trinity Choir. Will is also a member of the MU Chamber Singers, Miami Opera, is on the board of Student NATS, and has placed in the Ohio NATS Voice Competition.
Bass-Baritone Karl Sissman is a senior at Miami University majoring in Music Education and minoring in Musical Theatre. His performance experience includes Miami University Opera’s productions of Street Scene and A Little Night Music. Karl also served as a bass soloist in Miami University Orchestra and Chorus’ performance of Haydn’s Creation. During the summer of 2017 he was a member of the SongFest Studio Artist program, and he looks forward to joining MU Opera in their production: Love Letters to Ella.