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 musical 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 Phillip Roberts 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.
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.
Phillip Roberts, Organist, has a strong penchant for composing and has recently graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. In addition to his duties at Holy Trinity he is an adjunct professor of music theory at Miami University. He also teaches at Interlochen Arts Camp. A native of Virginia, he brings an air of Americana to many of his musical compositions while his residency in Cincinnati, the birthplace of funk, contributes to his use of soulful harmonies and rhythms.
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 and the recipient of the Benjamin Harrison Medallion in 2000 for excellence in scholarship and teaching—Miami University’s highest honor. 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.
The Stanley P. Ferch Organ
The Stanley P. Ferch Organ provides music for services at Holy Trinity. This is a free-standing tracker organ with three manuals, a mechanical key action, 33 ranks, 30 stops, and1,718 pipes. It was built as Opus 27 by John F. Nordlie of Sioux Falls, SD in 1995 for Faith Lutheran Church in Prairie Village, KS. Holy Trinity recently purchased this organ to replace our former Wicks organ. The Nordlie was moved to Holy Trinity in mid-September after changes to accommodate it were completed in our sanctuary. For a detailed description of the organ, click here.
The Steinway Grand Piano
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.