“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!” – Psalm 100
The Trinity Choir enhances the liturgy by lifting their voices in song, and providing foundational vocal support to the congregation, in the singing of hymns, psalms, and canticles at the 10 AM service, and at other designated services throughout the year. The adult choir rehearses every Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:15 PM. New members are always welcome to be part of the choral ministry and the great tradition of singing at Trinity Church. It’s a wonderful way to learn how to sing and to become a member of a group of dedicated singers. Please join us.
The Hand Bell Choir will begin anew, enhancing the worship service on various occasions. Begun in 1986 with bells generously donated by parishioners, the Trinity Hand Bell Choir has taken a hiatus for several years, but now rehearses on Wednesdays from 6:45 – 7:45 PM. New members are welcome and music reading is not required; just a willingness to learn.
The Trinity Children’s Choir sings one Sunday a month from October through June. The choir provides children from grades 2 through 8 the opportunity to learn about the liturgy and music of the church. Training children in music reading skills and proper vocal technique prepares them to continue singing into adulthood. Children’s Choir rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 6:00 PM.
Anthony J. Rafaniello, Director of Music and Organist
Our Director of Music and organist is Anthony Rafaniello, who is also the Choral Director at Cranford High School. Here at Trinity he directs the Adult Choir, the Children’s Choir and the Handbell Choir.
Mr. Rafaniello is Director of Choral Activities and Co-Director of the Academy of the Performing Arts at Cranford High School. He teaches AP Music Theory and directs students in six choral ensembles. He is a member of the Westminster Choir College Alumni Council and is in demand as a pianist, accompanist, organist, vocalist, and conductor. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Education and Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of the Arts Degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Until the 1999 printing of the current Hymnal 1982, the Index of Composers had an interesting typo. The dates of Ludwig van Beethoven were listed as 1770 – 1872. That would have made him 102 years old at his passing. The actual year of his death was 1827. It was a parishioner of Trinity Cranford who caught that mistake and brought it to the attention of Church Publishing. Subsequent printings of the Hymnal do not have this mistake.
Our Late Music Director
Cranford’s Choral Music Patriarch for 60 years
James R. Lenney, 85, an active and long time Cranford resident, died June 16, 2013 following a brief illness. Born and raised in Staten Island, Mr. Lenney faithfully served the community for 60 years, inspiring everyone he taught to reach their greatest potential, in music-making and in living life honorably.
Mr. Lenney began teaching in Cranford during the 1952-1953 school year and served as music teacher, Director of Choral Activities at Cranford High School, and Supervisor of Music for the entire district. A tradition of excellence in singing was established under his leadership.
After retiring from Cranford Public Schools in 1988, Mr. Lenney served on the faculty at Kean University. He has held music positions at numerous churches in the area, but since 1983, for the past 30 years, he served at Trinity Episcopal Church as Choirmaster and Organist. It was a life well-lived, promoting and supporting the choral art in our youth.