Music at Holy Trinity

Music is central to our life and mission in weekly services, special services, and occasional public performances. Members of our congregation, choir, and visitors worship, learn, and serve through their involvement in a variety of music styles. Music connects us to God, enhances the written word, unites people, empowers action, and brings joy. We celebrate God’s gift of music through:

  • Choral and congregational singing that is supported by both organ and piano
  • Performances of solo organ repertoire including prelude, postlude, offertory music
  • Performances of vocal and instrumental soloists in collaboration with organ and piano
  • Occasional university and community musical performances in our facility

Holy Trinity has a long history of excellent music.  The current music program enjoys the leadership of conductor William (Bill) Bausano and the support of organist David Castillo along with numerous other musicians in the parish.  The location of Holy Trinity in Oxford, the home of Miami University, gives it access to many professional instrumentalists and vocal performers.

Additionally, the program benefits from a generous gift from former parishioner Thomas C. Boyd in memory of Stanley Paul Ferch (1944-1997) for the purposes of funding renovation and/or complete replacement of the church's pipe organ and supporting special music programs.

Personnel

William Bausano has been the Choir Director at Holy Trinity since 1982. He is an active member of the parish and has served as a Eucharistic Minister. Bill received a DMA degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. He is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Miami University, and past president and Honorary Life Member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization.

 

 

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David Castillo, Organist, began his studies in organ at the Mexican Fine Arts Institute, and holds an undergraduate degree in music from Texas Christian University, and a master in sacred music from Boston University. David has also completed classwork towards a doctorate in music from Northwestern University. David has performed in the US and throughout his native country Mexico and made his Chicago Symphony Center debut playing the organ for Faure’s Requiem under Simon Carrington. Before assuming his post at Holy Trinity, Castillo served as a music director in churches in Illinois, Massachusetts, and Texas.

 

Frank Jordan, Organist Emeritus, studied organ while a student at Duke University where he took the doctorate in English literature.  Frank was a Professor of English Literature at Miami University for over 35 years.  He served Holy Trinity as organist for 44 years before he retired.  In addition to accompanying the choir and various solos and ensembles, for many years he organized noonday concerts in Lent and Advent. He is still an active member of the parish, still practices regularly, and occasionally plays for services.

 

Instruments

When Holy Trinity was built, a generous parishioner donated money for a pipe organ to be installed in the church.  The organ was built by the Wicks Organ Company of Highland, IL, and has continued to serve the parish since then.  This is a two-manual instrument of 15 ranks of pipes.  Holy Trinity is currently considering renovating or replacing the Wicks organ.

The Chancel also contains an excellent 7-foot Steinway grand piano, used for accompaniment and recital purposes.  The acoustical setting of the church is bright and resonant, amplifying the sound of voices and instruments appropriately.