The Trinity Choir enhances the musical portion of the liturgy by lifting their voices in celebration, 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 Thursday from 8 – 9 PM.
New members are always welcome to this choral ministry of Trinity Church. It’s a wonderful way to learn how to sing and to become a member of a group of dedicated singers. Inclusion of music in our worship service involves the coordination of gifts and efforts of the entire congregation with clergy, choirs, cantors, and instrumentalists. It has its origins in a rich tradition of liturgical song as expressed by the psalmist: “Come before his presence with a song” (Psalm 100).
It is from this rich legacy that we, who worship at Trinity Church, raise our voice in song to the glory of God. In the past, the Choir has offered special choral services, such as A Lenten Meditation on the Passion of Christ and a service of Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols.
Last year, the choir presented a Meditation on the Passion of Christ, with Carols, on Palm Sunday as sung at St. John’s College, Cambridge, England. In this Lenten carol service, the Passion Gospels are sung to ancient, traditional plainsong.
The Children’s Choir ranges in age from 7 to 12 years of age. They sing once a month from October through June with enthusiasm and joy. Children’s choir rehearsals are held Sunday morning following the 10 AM service. Importantly, this provides these young singers with an opportunity to learn the liturgy and music of the church. It also provides an avenue for the youth to obtain musical training.
The Hand Bell Choir also enhances our service on various occasions.
As in years past, during the summer of 2011 Trinity Church had a Children’s Choir Music Camp, for all children in the parish, ages 7-12. Activities included singing, bell ringing, crafts and fun! In one activity, the children finished a clapping game with our choirmaster, Mr. James Lenney. It was a wonderful success.
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 current choirmaster and organist is James R. Lenney. Currently an adjunct professor at Kean University, Mr. Lenney has been a resident of Cranford since 1952, and was a music educator in the Cranford Public Schools for 38 years.
He served as minister of music at Westfield First Congregational Church, Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, Cranford United Methodist Chruch, and the First Baptist Church of Rahway before coming to Trinity Church in 1983.
Here at Trinity he directs the Adult Choir, the Children’s Choir and the Handbell Choir.