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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 [music@ascensionholytrinity.com] or phone [513-821-5341 ext. 204].

 

Choral Offerings

Chancel Choir

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 music@ascensionholytrinity.com for more information or to join, or stop by one of our rehearsals!

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 music@ascensionholytrinity.com. 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!

 

Stewardship Spotlight: Music Ministry

Sarah Cahall | Minister of Music

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 choirs and handbell ensemble. Our handbell ensemble will be restarting in the fall and will meet immediately after church on Sundays until noon. This group is open to ages 8 and up. The music we’ll start with in the fall will be very accessible for people of all levels of musical ability, and we’ll even be able to teach you to read music as we go!

Our Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evening from 7:30 pm-9 pm, and at 9 am for the 10 am service one Sunday each month until Trinity Sunday. We also added a new group this year, A&HT Singers. This group meets one more time this year for the service on June 5th and will begin singing again in the fall on the first Sunday of each month. We meet in the Parish Hall at 8:45 for a quick warm-up before going over hymns and a simple unison or two-part anthem in the church. This is a great option if you’re interested in one of our ensembles and need a more flexible schedule! We will also have choir over the summer that only meets at 9 am on Sunday.

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! We love being able to add new people to this list.

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, our fundraiser concert with our outreach ministry, and our artist-in-residence concerts. 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. If you’re interested in any of the options above, please reach out to Sara Cahall at music@ascensionholytrinity.com.

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 is Funding Used by the Music Ministry?


Our Music Ministry budget is essential to continue to have music at our services, both in-person and online. This funding allows us to keep licensing to live stream the music during worship, and to conduct regular tuning and maintenance of our instruments. It also helps us to bring in instrumentalists for special services like the Taizé service we did on the Second Sunday of Easter. We have also been able to support an Artist-In-Residence this year, and our funding has helped to support bringing this wonderful new music into our space. We also have a separate fund for sheet music that is incredibly important to bringing new repertoire into our music library. We got some great new pieces of music this year, including the Ubi Caritas by Ola Gjeilo that you heard on Maundy Thursday.

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. A new goal might be to 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, and adding more special events and services. We are incredibly grateful for your support, without which we wouldn’t be able to do a large majority of what we do.

 
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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 mitchellsturgestenor.com.

 

Music Ministry Covid Guidelines

Based on the rolling 7-day average published by Hamilton County Public Health

Over 1,500 cases per day

  • Choir will gather/rehearse virtually only

  • No congregational singing

  • No section leaders for Sunday worship, instrumental/recorded music only

Under 1,500 cases per day

  • Choir will gather/rehearse virtually only

  • No congregational singing

  • One section leader for Sunday worship

Under 1,000 cases per day

  • Choir will have socially distanced sectional rehearsals in Sanctuary and either Parish Hall, Assembly Room/Library, or Choir Room depending on availability

  • Return to congregational singing

  • Two section leaders for Sunday worship

Under 750 cases per day

  • Full choir will have socially distanced rehearsals in Sanctuary pews

  • Continue congregational singing

  • Four section leaders for Sunday worship

Under 500 cases per day

  • Normal choir on Thursday/Sunday with good masks required