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:
Elizabeth Ewigleben, 2nd year graduate student in Vocal Performance. She has been in Grand Night: Love Letters to Ella and the operas, The Medium (Mrs. Gobineau) at Miami University, and Regina (Birdie), Die Zauberflöte (First Spirit) at her undergraduate school, Anderson University. She grew up singing in a church choir in Lebanon, Anderson and Indianapolis, Indiana and is excited to be able join the church choir here at Holy Trinity!
Mezzo-Soprano Michelle Story grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of South Carolina (USC) with degrees in Music Performance and Business Administration. Throughout this time, she was awarded the Laurie Christy Scholarship, the USC Choral Scholarship, and became an active member in the music sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota. Michelle went on to be elected as the organization’s music chair. Opera at USC cast her in Later the Same Evening as Estelle Oglethorpe, La Perichole as Mastrilla, Speed Dating Tonight! as dater 2/13, and Sunday in the Park With George as Yvonne/Naomi. Professional company Teatro Lirico D’Europa cast Michelle as Giovanna in the production, Rigoletto. This past year, Michelle performed with Miami University Opera in Love Letters to Ella and Menotti’s The Medium as Mrs. Nolan. Ms. Story spent two summers abroad attending the American Institute of Musical Studies, in Austria and Orfeo Summer Music Festival, in Italy. Currently, Ms. Story is a graduate assistant at Miami University pursuing her master’s degree in Vocal Performance.
Will Ellis, tenor, is a Senior Music Education major with a minor in Music Theatre from Middletown, OH. This is his third year singing as a Choral Scholar with Holy Trinity. Will is also a member of Chamber Singers choir, performs with Miami Opera, serves on the board of Student NATS, will be student teaching in the Spring, and studied Lieder this past summer in Graz, Austria at the American Institute of Musical Studies.
Baritone Nathaniel Wilkens recently made his international debut with La musica lirica in the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Upcoming in February of 2019, Nathaniel will be performing the role of Bob in Menotti’s The Old Maid and The Thief with the Miami Opera, with whom he previously performed the role of Mr. Gobineau in The Medium. Nathaniel has also performed as a soloist in Grand Night for Singing: Love Letters to Ella Fitzgerald and as the baritone soloist in Schubert’s Mass in G with the Miami University Orchestra. Last year, he won First Place in the Freshmen Men category at the Ohio NATS competition. Nathaniel is a Sophomore at Miami University where he studies voice with Dr. Alison Acord.