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The music ministry at Ascension & Holy Trinity offers several opportunities for parishioners who would like to offer their talents to the Glory of God. Please know that all are welcome to participate, and your contribution to these ministries need not be an all-or-nothing commitment. For example, you may want to only commit to a specific season (such as Advent) or a specific service (such as Easter Sunday). You will be more than welcome to join us then.

If you wish to participate in the music ministry or have any questions, please contact Sara Cahall, Minster of Music, by email [] or phone [513-821-5341 ext. 204].

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New Artist-In-Residence!

Please Welcome Mitchell Sturges!

I’m thrilled to introduce you to tenor Mitchell Sturges, our new Artist-in-Residence at Ascension & Holy Trinity! You may recognize him from the time he spent singing with us in August. If you’ve never seen this kind of arrangement before, it essentially works as a mutually beneficial arrangement between an artist and a church or other organization. We’ll be providing Mitchell with practice space and some assistance for concerts like program printing and light receptions. In return, Mitchell will provide us with 2 concerts, and he and I will work together to program 1-2 other concerts throughout the rest of the year. They will include newly composed pieces that he has commissioned. This is a wonderful opportunity for our church to expand its musical offerings and reach the community in new ways. Mitchell and I are hard at work getting the planning done, and we hope to have more information about what the concert season will look like in the next month! In the meantime, check out Mitchell’s bio below to learn more about his background.

Sara Cahall | Minister of Music

Mitchell Sturges Bio

Hailed with “honest” and “transparently clean” singing, tenor Mitchell Sturges, a Salt Lake City native, recently moved to Cincinnati from Tucson, where he was in his fourth year as an education outreach Teaching Artist for Arizona Opera in elementary and middle schools throughout southern Arizona. Before his time in Arizona, he lived in Vienna, Austria for 3 years, making his international operatic début singing the role of Don Basilio in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in over 200 performances. While in Vienna, Mr. Sturges was a frequently sought-after concert performer, singing in celebrated and historic venues such as the Schönbrunn Orangerie, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, and Palais Eschenbach. An active chorister, he has held professional positions at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, First Presbyterian Church, and the Utah Symphony & Opera in Salt Lake City; Arizona Opera, St. Phillip's-in-the-Hills Episcopal Church, First United Methodist Church, True Concord Voices & Orchestra, Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Arizona; and currently sings at Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati.

The 2021-22 season finds Mitchell performing Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass & Nunes Garcia's Laudate pueri Dominum with Musica Sacra, Bach's Cantata 77 with the Bach Ensemble of St. Thomas, Händel's Messiah with Collegium Cincinnati, and a choral concert with the Cincinnati Fusion Ensemble. He was recently named Artist-in-Residence for Ascension & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Wyoming, OH. As part of this appointment, he will be presenting two recitals in 2022 & the world premieres of Clint Borzoni’s Requiem Fragments & O You, Whom my Soul Loves.

A consummate concert artist, he has been featured throughout Vienna and the American Southwest performing the works of J.S. Bach, Britten, Dvořák, Gounod, Händel, Mozart, Orff, and Schubert. Mr. Sturges has been presented in recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England, Los Angeles City College, Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake, and the Salt Lake City Library, giving “inspired performances” and leaving audiences “entertained and edified." Past operatic performances include collaborations with Oper in der Krypta in Vienna, Arizona Opera, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Paradigm Chamber Orchestra, Salt Lake Symphony, and Expositions :: SLC Concert Series, for La bohème, Gianni Schicchi, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Consul, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and West Side Story. For more information, please visit


Choral Offerings

Fall 2021

Chancel Choir

Starting Thursday, September 9th

Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Nave

Age: 18+

Our Chancel Choir provides support for congregational singing and a wide variety of special choral music for Sunday worship services and holidays. This group also has a few extra performances throughout the year, including events like hymn sings, Advent lessons & carols, and concerts.

Please contact Minister of Music Sara Cahall at for more information or to join, or stop by one of our rehearsals!

Youth & Children Chorus

Starting Thursday, September 9th

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm (part of rehearsal is with the Chancel Choir)
Location: Nave
Age: 8-17

This year, we will be offering a youth & children’s chorus that will meet weekly and perform in worship a minimum of two Sundays per semester. Schedules for these Sundays will be provided to youth and parents well in advance of the performances. Provided we have enough youth sign up, this choir will have music of its own to perform, as well as being integrated with the Chancel Choir and A&HT Singers. Learn more about this other new group below!

Please contact Minister of Music Sara Cahall at or for more information or to join!

A&HT Singers


This is a new offering at A&HT for those who may be interested in joining our choir but don’t feel able to make the commitment to the full year of rehearsals and singing. This group will perform music in worship and rehearse during four weeks of each program year. We will be singing accessible unison (one part) and two part music that can be learned on Sunday mornings. Performances will always be on the first Sunday of October, December, February, April, and June except for months where the first Sunday is a holiday, with rehearsal beforehand at 9:00 am. Members are welcome to join the Chancel Choir rehearsal the Thursday evening prior to the Sunday worship performance for some extra help.

If you would like to get on the list for email reminders for this group or would like more information, please contact Minister of Music Sara Cahall at For this group, there is no need to officially sign up. You are welcome to just show up to rehearsal on Sunday morning as the Spirit moves you on the days A&HT Singers are singing!


Music Ministry

Sara Cahall | Minister of Music

What does the Music Ministry mean to me?

Music Ministry in general has been a major part of my life since I was very young. I remember singing along to the hymns in church as a small child, waiting impatiently for the day I was old enough to go join the choir singing from the balcony. When I was in 3rd grade, I finally got to walk up those stairs for the first time, and I will never forget singing “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” as my first hymn as a choir member. A few years later, when I was 12, I took over the Director of Music position at my home church, and the rest is history.

During all my years of ministry, now a little over 20 years including my time in my home church, I’ve learned that one of the most consistent aspects of Music Ministry is the way every member quickly becomes like an extended family. Because of this, I still have wonderful relationships with many of the volunteer members of other ministries I’ve been a part of. A&HT’s ministry is no different, as I’ve witnessed all of the love, compassion, and care members of our Music Ministry show each other. I’ve seen how incredibly welcoming they are, and how eager they are to make new members feel like a part of the family.

Music has this wonderful ability to bring people together regardless of background, beliefs, and personalities. Being in any musical group comes with a certain level of trust among its members that opens the door for people to develop meaningful relationships with each other. This trust creates a kind of bond that is truly difficult to describe. I can’t wait to see how our Music Ministry family will grow and spread God’s love in our church, community, and the world in the coming years.

How has the Music Ministry changed during the pandemic?

Our Music Ministry was completely turned on its head during the pandemic. When I started working here last year, we were already live-streaming services with just the quartet of section leaders, the choir was mostly meeting on Zoom for some social interaction, and there was no congregation in church to sing. Over the past year, this ministry has overcome so many challenges. They have learned to rehearse on Zoom, navigated the technology necessary to make virtual choir recordings, and are now overcoming a new obstacle in getting used to singing with masks on.

Despite all these challenges, our Music Ministry has found ways to grow and thrive during the pandemic. Our choir members have become more independent as they’ve had to learn music without being able to hear their fellow members around them. Our handbell choir has been revived, and we’ve had some time to really learn some of the history of our craft which we wouldn’t normally be able to fit in rehearsals. Our ministry as a whole has grown closer and developed new bonds through overcoming these challenges together.

Now that our ensembles are back to rehearsing in person again, we’ve found a lot of the new tricks we learned over the last year will continue to be useful as we continue moving forward toward normal. In the fall, I’m planning to start broadcasting and recording our rehearsals via Zoom. The Zoom broadcast is an easy way for our members to attend rehearsals when they’re sick or on extended trips, whereas before they would have just had to miss rehearsal. It’s also an easy way for new people to see what our rehearsals are like from the comfort of home! Being able to record rehearsals allows me to share the videos with members who have conflicts and will also be an important tool for me to be able to look back on rehearsals and improve my own techniques.

Our handbell choir has also found new inspiration from what we’ve learned in our Zoom meetings this year. After our session learning about the handbell’s origin in the ringing of tower bells in England and how this tradition has continued in both bell towers and handbell ensembles, we decided this was something we wanted to learn. Change ringing is a system by which bells are rung in rotating sets of permutations, which is an entirely different challenge from reading music. I’m excited to start this new project with them, and I know it will bring with it a new level of trust and camaraderie among our members in learning something totally new for all of us. Our Music Ministry is back in action after surviving the pandemic, and while some of it may look slightly different, we are stronger and more determined than ever before.

How can you be involved in the Music Ministry?

There are so many ways to get involved in our Music Ministry, but I’ll begin with the most obvious: our choir and handbell ensembles. Our handbell ensemble meets immediately after church on Sundays until noon and is open to ages 8 and up. This summer, no music reading ability whatsoever is required. After the summer season, we’ll offer a workshop a few times a year for anyone interested in joining who is concerned they may not have the skills to jump in. If you aren’t able to join us this summer, keep an eye out for those!

Our summer choir rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm, and at 9:00 am for the 10:00 am service one Sunday each month, and it is also open to ages 8 and up. During the Sept-May season, rehearsals will be from 7:30-9:00 pm on Thursdays. This is a great option if you’re interested in one of our ensembles and need a more flexible schedule. As I get our next season planned, there will be many opportunities to join for a shorter period, like joining us for the Christmas Eve services or for Holy Week.

There are also a number of ways to get involved in our Music Ministry without committing to one of our ensembles. One of these is through instrumental music. I would love to get a running list of members of our congregation that play instruments or other genres of music to include in our Sunday worship. If this describes you, please get in touch with me so I can get more information from you!

If making music isn’t your passion, there are plenty of options that don’t involve music as well. You can also support us by volunteering to help with our choir and handbell library or ushering for our events. If listening to music is more your style, you can support us by coming to our events and concerts like the Advent Lessons and Carols service we’ll have this winter. Whether you want to make music with us, have some great organizational or people skills you’d like to lend us, or just want to come out and attend our events to support the ministry, there is a place for you here.

How is funding used by the Music Ministry?

The way our funding was used in the last year was quite a bit different from how it might be used in a normal year, and it was incredibly important in helping us weather the storm of the pandemic. Some of our unusual spending from the Music Ministry budget was used to get licensing to live stream the music during worship. We also used some of our budget to buy masks and other supplies to keep our section leaders safe while they were providing music during the year. Your contributions to our section leader fund enabled us to continue having singers during the last year when we were unable to have the choir together. This fund also allowed our choir to have the foundation they needed from the section leaders to make the fabulous virtual choir recordings we heard at Christmas and during Lent/Easter.

In addition to some of this unusual spending, our Music Ministry budget was still used in some of the ways it would be in a typical year. Primarily, this was in upkeep for our musical instruments, including regular tuning and maintenance. Your contributions to our Music Ministry are key to keeping our instruments in shape so we can continue providing music for services. During a more normal year, this funding would also be used to bring in instrumentalists to play during worship services, to do larger works that involve hiring outside musicians with our choir and/or handbell choir, and to support special events put on by our Music Ministry.

Your contributions to our Music Ministry and to our separate section leader fund are incredibly important in keeping our current offerings running smoothly, and there are many ways we could continue to grow with further support. Some new goals might be to start a concert series or start a program for high schoolers from the community to work as choral scholars. We would also have the option of increasing the frequency of bringing instrumentalists to play for worship and with the choir/handbells. We are incredibly grateful for your support, without which we wouldn’t be able to do a large majority of what we do.