Our Music Ministry offers a variety of opportunities for you to develop your musical talents. Browse through the following links to find your niche. All of our singing groups are open without any auditions necessary. Trinity has always had a strong Music Ministry and we look forward to your becoming a part of this great heritage.
Please note, the Handbell Seminar on January 18 has been cancelled.
Welcome College & University Students!
Each August, Trinity United Methodist Church looks forward to the return of college students to our area. Our church is in downtown Tallahassee, very close to FSU, TCC, and FAMU. We invite you to make us your church home. With a close connection with the music departments at the local schools, you may find within these pages a place to share your musical gifts and talents. We hope you will consider joining us! The best time to join these groups is September of each year. Call our office at 850-222-1120 for more information.
Trinity offers a wide range of musical opportunities to its musicians:
- Very “live” acoustical space in our sanctuary.
- Casavant pipe organ installed in 1999: Three manuals, 60 ranks, 42 stops
- Chapel Austin pipe organ installed 1964: Two manuals, 4 ranks
- Three grand pianos including 7-foot Steinway in the sanctuary
- Yamaha S90 synthesizer
- 6-octave set of Schulmerich handbells
- 5-octave set of Malmark handchimes
- Set of Orff instruments
- Set of Steel drums
- Three Timpani
- Two full-time professional musicians and one part-time professional musician on staff plus many volunteer leaders
- Music budget which allows for the hiring of professional instrumentalists (orchestra, brass ensemble, string quartet, etc.) several times each year.
The Chancel Choir is the flagship music group of the church, averaging 45 members. Trinity invites adults and college students to join the choir and offers many opportunities for solos, duets, and other small vocal ensembles. Sacred classical music is a large part of our diet, including anthems by celebrated composers such as Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Faure, and Rutter. The choir usually presents a major choral work once a year. The Chancel Choir sings every Sunday and also at special worship services including the 8:00 p.m. Christmas Eve service, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Music Ministry Sunday. The group practices on Wednesdays from 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. in the choir room. Contact the office at 850-222-1120.
Circle of Friends Praise Band and Worship Team
Trinity’s Circle of Friends is the adult praise band that provides music and worship leadership during Trinity’s Contemporary Worship Service. The SUN Service is held every Sunday at 9:45 a.m. in Moor Hall. The Circle of Friends performs a variety of songs in styles including Contemporary Christian, Gospel, Rock, Country and original works. Ed Prasse leads the group practices each Wednesday evening in Moor Hall.
If you are a musician and would like to join the Circle of Friends praise band, click here to email Ed Prasse.
Trinity’s adult handbell group is called Trinity Ringers. This is a musically advanced group and you must be able to read music to become a member. Trinity Ringers practice on Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. in the handbell room (room 218). For more information, please contact the office at 850-222-1120.
Trinity’s College/Career Handbells is the perfect group to join if you enjoy & read music and are a young adult! Handbells practice each Sunday from 6:15-7:15 p.m., in the handbell room (Room 218). Handbell activities follow the local college schedules with a September through April season. The group will ring five to six times each season. For more information, please contact the office at 850-222-1120.
Heavenly Chimes meet on Thursdays 1:45-2:45 p.m. in room 218 (handbell room). We enjoy some great fun and fellowship along with making some music together with these beautiful instruments. In the process we get some healthy mental and physical exercise. Ability to read music is necessary. In addition to performing at our worship services, this group also travels to retirement communities to share with their residents. Joining is easy: Come to one of our rehearsals or contact the office at 850-222-1120.
Instruments were purchased in August 2010, and in September, we started Trinity’s first steel band, choosing the name Trinity Pans of Praise. Six months later, Sacred Pans of Trinity was formed. Each group has six members, plus a drummer. Our main focus is providing music for morning worship services. March 31 and April 28 2012 marked the first times these groups ventured outside our church building for performances!
Ability to read music is a must for these groups. We meet on Sundays, 3:45-4:45 p.m. for Sacred Pans, and 5:00-6:00 p.m. for Pans of Praise. Talented middle school and high school students are invited to participate as well as adults. Every other year, a children’s steel band meets from September through December as part of the NETkids program on Wednesday afternoons. For more information, please contact the office at 850-222-1120.
Orff for Adults
This group adds a wonderful element to the worship services at Trinity through the beautiful sound of Orff instruments. Practices are scheduled as needed. For more information, please contact the office at 850-222-1120.
Mark Repasky, Trinity’s music director until summer 2020, has composed music utilizing the beautiful sounds of Orff instruments in combination with singers and other instruments. These pieces are designed for accomplished adult musicians with superior music reading skills. Mark is providing a number of these pieces free and available to the public. When copying this music, please include the copyright information and permission to copy information as found on the bottom of the first page of each piece. Click here to go to Orff music download page.