“Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with
the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”
Integral to the worship, mission, parish life, and relationship with New York City, Holy Trinity’s music program is strongly rooted in the rich Lutheran musical tradition and ancient liturgy of the church. Chant, cantatas, chorales, anthems, motets, and hymns of all times and places are sung passionately by the excellent choirs and musical congregation of Holy Trinity. We believe that music exists to aid God’s people in worship and thus the music at Holy Trinity is offered at the highest standard, ennobling the liturgy through sacred song.
The Parish Choir of Holy Trinity sings for the 11AM Mass on Sundays as well various Holy Days, Holy Week, and other special liturgies. Consisting of both professional and auditioned volunteer singers, this ensemble leads the assembly’s song weekly from October through June and enriches Holy Trinity’s worship through a vast offering of anthems, motets, psalms, sung mass settings, and a host of other liturgical music.
The Bach Choir and Players of Holy Trinity is one of the very few professional ensembles in a North American Lutheran Church. For nearly 50 years, the Bach Choir and Players have presented the sacred choral works of North German Renaissance and Baroque composers, namely Johann Sebastian Bach, within the historic office of Vespers (Evening Prayer). Each Sunday at 5:00PM from mid-October through April, hundreds of people fill Holy Trinity’s nave to hear motets and cantatas ranging from the 15th century through the present day. Visit www.bachvespersnyc.org to learn more about the Bach Choir and Players, purchase recordings of the Bach Choir, and to see the extensive list of concerts for the year featuring our three in-residence ensembles: The Diderot String Quartet, House of Time, and The Sebastians along with other guest artists and ensembles.
As a public church, Holy Trinity welcomes collaborations with other institutions. Holy Trinity serves as a concert venue for Juilliard 415 (Juilliard’s historical performance ensemble), Early Music Festival:NYC, and the Mannes Festival 2015.
Holy Trinity’s beautiful nave, excellent acoustics, and convenient location in the Lincoln Center neighborhood make for an ideal venue for concerts and visiting choirs wanting to sing for our Sunday mass. For more information on performing at Holy Trinity, please contact the music office.