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Trinity welcomes you to join our wide variety of musical offerings and activities for singers, instrumentalists and those wishing to expand their spirituality through their gifts of music.

Our experienced and talented staff remains closely connected to the Grand Rapids musical community and is eager to answer questions or to help you connect to a musical ensemble.

For more information about Trinity’s Music Ministry and other opportunities to participate in music at Trinity, please contact us here.

Trinity Choir

Open to singers of high school age and up, the Trinity Choir, directed by Sidney Hoeksema and accompanied by Larry Biser, participates in 11:15 am worship weekly and presents larger scale works during the year. New members are always welcome.

Cantors

Cantors for the 8:00 am and 11:15 am services are drawn from the Trinity Choir as well as members of the congregation at large. If you are interested in serving as a cantor, please contact Sid Hoeksema at 616.554.2998.

Children’s Choirs

Trinity Lutheran Chorale, Augsburg Choir and Cantus Choir are available to children ages 4 through 8th grade. All children’s choirs are directed by Diane Biser and accompanied by Larry Biser.

Cantus Choir: For children pre-K through second grade, meets on Wednesdays from 6 to 6:30 pm.

Augsburg Choir: For children in third through fifth grades, meets on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 7:15 pm.

Trinity Lutheran Chorale: For children in sixth through eighth grade, meets on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8 pm.

A rehearsal for all three choirs meets on Sunday mornings, from 9:30 – 10 am. This rehearsal is for choristers who miss a Wednesday rehearsal or who cannot attend on Wednesdays.

The Augsburg Choir and Trinity Lutheran Chorale (TLC) sing monthly, alternating between the 11:15 am Traditional Service and the Rejoice Services. Cantus Choir sings as they are prepared. This year, Cantus Choir will be learning to play hand chimes. The choirs also participate in special services during the church year and present a yearly musical.

Music & Fine Arts Camp

Designed for children who will have completed third through eighth grades. Activities include vocal and bell choir, fine arts, field trips, demonstrations by local artists and musicians, and more! Camp runs from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. daily, with some optional afternoon field trips. Contact Director of Music, Larry Biser, at lgbiser@att.net or 616-949-2492, ext. 18.

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Handbell Choir Opportunities

Resound Handbell Choir
Directed by Larry Biser, the adult bell rehearses from 6 to 7:15 pm on Thursdays from September through May and plays once a month for worship. The group also participates regularly in area handbell events. New members are always welcome.

For more information, please contact Director of Music / Organist, Larry Biser at 616.949.2510, ex. 18.

Alleluia Ringers
This group, directed by Larry Biser, is a training choir for third through eighth graders. The ensemble rehearses on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 6:30 pm — except during the weeks of Advent and Lent, when rehearsal is from 5:50 pm to 6:20 pm — to accommodate worship services in the Sanctuary which begin at 6:30 pm. The Alleluia Ringers play for church as they are prepared.


Rejoice Service Bands

Trinity has three bands to accompany the contemporary worship services at 9:00 and 10:00 am. Faceless, our youth band, is open to high school students; the Rejoice Band and Beyond Belief Band are open to adults.

Cheryl Reeve serves as the Rejoice Bands Coordinator. Bands rehearse on Monday and Wednesday evenings prior to their scheduled Sunday. For an exact listing of rehearsal and performance times click here. Keyboardists, singers, percussionists and instrumentalists are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Rejoice Bands Coordinator, Cheryl Reeve at 616.490.8316.

Celebration of Music Concert Series

The Celebration of Music Concert Series is a wonderful opportunity to attend concerts in our beautiful sanctuary. The Létourneau organ, Steinway grand piano and Zuckerman harpsichord are regularly featured, as well as instruments and voices. The series takes place on Sunday afternoons at 3:00 in November, January, February, March and April. Click here for the Celebration of Music Concert Series brochure, which is also available in print form in the Narthex and outside the choir rehearsal room on the lower level.

Trinity’s Musical Instruments

The Létourneau Organ
In 1983, an organ committee was formed to seek a replacement of the existing Pels organ. By 1987, the committee retained the services of Dr. James Kibbie of the University of Michigan, who recommended that the new instrument be a mechanical action organ with slider chests to add longevity and reliability for the proposed instrument.

After extended study, the committee decided that Orgues Létourneau Ltdée of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada, be engaged to build the instrument. The company placed Trinity on their opus list as its first instrument to be built in the United States, although it would be several years until the instrument came to fruition. In 1988, the initial design of 30 stops was drawn up by the music staff; Kathleen Bolthuis and Helen Stroh, and the consultant, Dr. Kibbie. The irregular shape of the Sanctuary presented challenges to the organ architect, Denis Campbell. The resulting design has unusual angles for the trackers, which link the keyboards to the pallets under the pipes.

The Great and Positive divisions were placed at the angled wall to provide clarity for the choir and congregation. The Swell and Pedal pipes are behind those divisions. Much of the mechanical portion of the organ is located in the former Sacristy. In 1991, the Pels organ was dismantled and sold to another church. In 1992, Orgues Létourneau, Op. 26, an instrument of 36 ranks on three manuals and pedal, was dedicated.

You may find the specification here.

The Steinway Grand Piano
In 2014, the church purchased a 5’10” Steinway Model “O” for the Sanctuary after a successful fundraising campaign. Since that time, we have enjoyed its beauty both as an instrument for worship and for concerts. There are also three upright pianos on the lower level of the church – a Kawai, a Mason and Hamlin, and a Schimmel.The Zuckermann Harpsichord

Zuckermann Harpsichord
Dr. Hough of Williamson, Michigan, built our Zuckermann harpsichord in 1978-79. It was purchased and presented to Trinity in 1985 by Lee Whittemore and family in memory of Donna Whittemore. In 1986, the case was completely refurbished and, in 2009, the instrument was rebuilt by David Sutherland of Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2015, a new stand was constructed by the Lauck Organ Company. Both the rebuild and new stand were made possible by a gift from the estate of Dale and Pat Discher.

Other Instruments
The church owns a set of three Yamaha timpani as well as five octaves of Malmark Handbells and four octaves of Schulmerich Handbells that have been refitted with Malmark clappers. Trinity also owns 5 octaves of Malmark Choir Chimes as well as Kawai and Schimmel upright pianos on the lower level.

 

Alleluia Ringers
Alleluia Ringers

Augsburg Choir
Augsburg Choir

Cherub Choir
Cantus Choir