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Music Director’s Page

From Thomas Hall, Our Music Director

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Planning for the 2018-2019 choir season is well underway.
Among the new compositions being programmed are several by contemporary composer Dan Forrest. One will be presented in November, two on Christmas Eve, and possibly another on Easter.

Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music that is truly magical.” (NY Concert Review). His works have been described as “magnificent, very cleverly  constructed sound sculpture” (Classical Voice) and  “superb writing…full of spine- tingling moments” (Salt Lake Tribune). Since his first publication in 2001, Forrest’s music has become well established in the repertoire of choirs not only in the United States, but around the world.

His choral works have received numerous awards and distinctions, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Award, the ALCM Raabe Prize, and others.  His commissioned choral works have been premiered in major venues around the world and featured on national radio and TV broadcasts. His major works Requiem for the Living (2013) and Jubilate Deo (2016), are standards in the international choral and orchestra repertoire. His newest major work, LUX: The Dawn From On High (2018) is now receiving critical acclaim,  and promises to become a standard as well.

Another contemporary composer programed for this autumn is Allan Pote (also with Brendan playing the piano accompaniment).
Allen Pote is known nationally as a composer of sacred music as well as a  clinician for festivals and workshops. For twenty two years he was Director of Music in churches in Texas and Florida, and is currently a full time composer living in Pensacola, Florida. He is a former member of the  National Board of Choristers Guild, and a recipient of a  Fulbright Scholarship. He is the recipient of the Liberty Bell Award, presented by the Escambia Santa Rosa County Bar Association, for community work with young musicians.

Yours in ministry, Tom Hall

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The Trinity Handbell Choir is back in action. Seven people have joined the ranks of the handbell choir and we’ve had three rehearsals.

Our choir is composed of people who are interested in having fun while making a “joyful noise” to the Lord. Ability levels range from experienced to “never-held-a-handbell-until-now”, but everyone is getting the hang of it and we’re seeing improvement with each rehearsal.

If you have any interest in joining us, the rehearsals are held in the sanctuary on Wednesdays at 5:45. Even if you don’t know if you are interested, please come and give it a try. As at Trinity, in the handbell choir there is a place for EVERYONE.

We will debut the handbell choir at a Sunday service once all the musicians are comfortable with their role. Please note, there will not be a rehearsal on August 1.

Doug Forcino

organpipes-jpg-w180h196THE KNIES – JAMERSON MEMORIAL ORGAN

Designed by the M. P. Moller Pipe Organ Company

The present Trinity organ was built by the M.P. Moller Company of Hagerstown, Maryland and erected in the church in the autumn of 1968. It replaced an organ built by the Pilcher company in 1925.

The organ contains 25 ranks (1,096 pipes), with 21 stops and 18 independent voices distributed over two keyboards and pedal.

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Thomas Hall at the M.P. Moller Pipe Organ            CandleLight Service

Thomas Hall at the M.P.The pipes are placed in a chamber on the second-story level, to the front of the south transept. From here the organ speaks into the nave and the chancel. Pipes of the great principal chorus are placed on a cantilevered chest extending into the nave, resulting in superior clarity and presence of sound.

Two additions to the organ have been made since its initial building: The first was the a flute stop at 4′ pitch in the great division, added in the mid 1980’s. The stop was named Wasserflöte or “Water Flute” after Trinity’s organist and choirmaster William E. Waters. It is the only known use of this stop name in the world. The addition was built by master organbuilder John Dower of Lincolnton, NC.

In 2005, a set of small bells called a zimbelstern was added, also by Mr. Dower.

The initial financial gift for the organ was made by the Knies family. When the organ was dedicated on November 17, 1968, it was christened the Knies-Jamerson Memorial Organ in memory of this gift and of R. Walton Jamerson, Jr., the beloved organist and choirmaster who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1965.

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The M.P. Moller Pipe Organ at Christmas Time

Pipe Organ Restoration

During the month of July, work on the organ renovation was begun. The first phase consisted of renovation to the wind chest sitting under the largest (and therefore lowest pitched) pipes of the pedal division.  This work was done just in time, as notes in this section were beginning to fail. The sections to be releathered were removed and taken to the shop of Ron Streicher on Monday 9 July, and were returned and reinstalled on Thursday, 19 July.

The renovations are being undertaken by Ron Streicher and Bob Campbell. Mr. Streicher
maintains our organ on a regular basis, and is the southeastern US service supervisor for Casavant Freres, one of the most respected organ builders in the world. Mr. Campbell has a background as a certified technician with the M.P. Moller company, who built our organ. His extensive experience puts him in high demand as a teacher of organ building and maintenance and as a mentor for younger organ technicians.

It is indeed exciting to have the renovations under way at last. July’s work used much, but not all, of the money raised so far. Mr. Streicher will make a report about how best to use the remaining funds while we all work together in order to raise the rest of the needed resources.

Upcoming Fundraisers for the restoration of our organ:

  • Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. – Florida Pro Musica Concert: A Renaissance Christmas
    Will be held in the sanctuary at Trinity Lutheran Church, 401 Fifth Street North, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
    A one-hour concert of a cappella music from the Middle Ages and Renaissance – music of the season from the 12th-16th centuries.
    A reception with the musicians follows. 
    Admission is $20, with 
    Tickets can be purchased on the Florida Pro Musica website