Trinity Episcopal Church

Music Ministry


Mission of Trinity`s Ministry of Music
"Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving & extol Him with music & song. For the Lord is the great God, the King above all gods" Psalm 93:1-3

Our prime and privileged task is to worship the God who made us, and to proclaim Jesus as the Savior and Hope of the world. The mission of the ministry through music is to aid the congregation in worshiping God. Through hymns, liturgical service music, choral anthems, ensembles, solos, hand bells, instrumental ensembles, liturgical dance, the focus is to be on God. Music is an offering to God. The choir is the heartbeat of our music ministry. The choir members volunteer and provide devoted leadership in all areas of our worship. Music at Trinity offers community outreach concerts.

Music for Worship at Trinity      
Trinity’s worship is an eclectic mix with traditional hymnody and service music at its core.  Music on a given Sunday might include hymns from The Hymnal 1982 and other more recent hymn collections, service music in a traditional style, Taizé chants, folk hymns, African American spirituals, and African praise songs.  While music from our splendid organ is a staple, other instruments employed might include guitar, violin, mandolin, flute, trumpet, or accordion(!).  Sometimes we sing unaccompanied.

  The Trinity Concert Series
  Music at Trinity builds on a tradition of great music in a great space.  The generosity of friends of Music at Trinity ensures our concert series as a vehicle for outreach and evangelism.  A wide range of music is represented.  Central to the musical offerings are the Margaret Straight Memorial Organ Console and the Melville Sahyun and Valdé Family Memorial Carillon.  Music at Trinity celebrates twenty-six years of God’s faithfulness.  Experience the sonic splendor of music in sacred space!

    Trinity Music Calendar 2013-2014 (please click for details)

The Trinity Choir  
The choir at Trinity is made up of twenty-five dedicated volunteers.  We sing for the 10:00 Eucharist from September through June, as well as for several special celebrations throughout the year.  In addition to leading congregational singing, the choir performs choral anthems in a variety of styles, from classics, to artful contemporary arrangements, to spirituals.  Much of the music is sung a cappella.  The ensemble is open to all without audition, but those interested in joining should speak with director Grey Brothers beforehand.  We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:15 in the Guild Hall and meet at 9:10 on Sunday mornings.  The choir is a convivial group.  We’re always delighted to welcome new members! 

David A. Gell, Minister of Organ and Music Outreach
Serving as Minister of Music at Trinity since January, 1984, I have the joyful mission of building together on a rich heritage of worship music ministry, spiritual depth, and loving community. All of the opportunities for music ministry enrich our worship experience. They help us worship God with new meaning. There are openings in all of our groups. I invite you to join us, as we grow together in our Lord through music ministry. May God be praised and glorified.
David A. Gell`s contribution as an artist is unique. He melds the church music ministry and the concert organist venue. His recitals, concerts, and seminars include programs in California, Louisiana, Hawaii, Canada, and European and Japanese tours of historic instruments. David Gell`s repertoire is vast and varied, ranging from Sweelinck and the Baroque masters to many premiere performances of recent compositions.
David A. Gell serves as minister of organ and music outreach, and composer-in-residence of Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara. He was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and moved to southern California at the age of thirteen. He graduated from Azusa Pacific University, where he studied organ and music composition with the Dutch musician, Gerard Faber. Mr. Gell pursued graduate studies at the School of Church Music at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; he earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Hawaii, and completed further graduate study in music composition with Dr. Emma Lou Diemer at the University of California at Santa Barbara. During the Viet Nam era, he served as organist and as assistant to the Pacific Fleet Chaplain in Pearl Harbor.
Community service outreach includes community music series and organ encounter demonstrations for school students. He has served churches in the Santa Barbara community as organist and choirmaster. He was organist and composer for the Santa Barbara Boys Choir. He provided leadership as dean of the American Guild of Organists, Santa Barbara chapter, and a founder & former president of the board of the Santa Barbara Oratorio Chorale, now known as the Santa Barbara Master Chorale.
The Organ of Trinity Episcopal Church, Santa Barbara, California (please click for information)

Grey Brothers, Minister of Choral and Congregational Music
Grey has held his position at Trinity since 1988.  An accomplished singer as well as conductor, he has made numerous appearances as tenor soloist with Central and South Coast choral groups and in local stage productions.  He regularly serves as cantor at Trinity.  In addition to his work at Trinity, Grey is a full time member of the music faculty at Westmont College, a four-year liberal arts college in nearby Montecito, where he teaches music courses and conducts choral ensembles.  Grey completed a Ph.D. in musicology from UC Santa Barbara in 2001.             

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