Music and the Arts


The Church of the Holy Trinity is operating in compliance with the city’s stay-at-home ordinance, and all worship services are online. Click here for online Worship Services.


OUR MUSIC PROGRAM:

Dr. John French has served as the Organist and Choirmaster at CHT for 28 years. John has been on medical leave since last year, and Ben Leiby has been serving ably in John’s stead. John recently informed the clergy and vestry of his retirement effective March 1st.  John has made a strong recovery over the past two months, and he is looking forward to enjoying his retirement. In gratitude for John’s years of service, and in recognition of the choir and music program John has built, the clergy and vestry have invited John to maintain a formal relationship with the congregation that has been his home for so long. John will continue to serve as the Organist/Choirmaster Emeritus. While Ben will serve as the Organist/Choirmaster pro tempore.

Our worship experience is enhanced by the professional quality of our dedicated musicians.  Our choir consists of professional and volunteer musicians who sing at the 11:00 AM service most Sundays.  

OUR ORGAN & OUR PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

The Church of the Holy Trinity has two organs – one in the front of the church (called the chancel organ) and one in the rear balcony of the church (called the gallery organ).  In October 2017 the Church received a generous grant from the Wyncote Foundation of Philadelphia to replace the gallery organ with a superior instrument, the Moeller Opus 8128.  This organ was originally housed at First Baptist Church on 18th and Sansom.  When the church was sold to Liberti church, the organ was removed and sold to the Historic Organ Trust in 2014.  The Möller Opus 8128 was a prominent fixture in the Philadelphia organ world. It is an instrument of renowned musical quality and singular significance in the history of this city.  We hope to welcome this organ into our church in 2020.

OUR CARILLON (Bells)

The Church of the Holy Trinity’s tower houses the oldest manually operated carillon in North America.  Tours of the bell tower can be arranged by calling the office – 215-567-1267.

Have a listen!

 

CONCERTS ON THE SQUARE IS ONLINE!

We have moved our concert series online. During this time of social distancing we will be hosting our concerts as Facebook Watch Parties every Friday at 3:00 pm.

We are featuring past performers from our Concert on the Square programs. These previously taped concerts are new to the CHT Concert on the Square audience. Let’s get together to enjoy the gift of music. Start your weekend off with us. Click here to find our Facebook page. We look forward to seeing you.

 

PERFORMING ARTS

In the spring of each year we often host local and touring college choirs as part of our support of choral music.  As the only venue on the Square, our space, which seats nearly 1000 people, is in high demand for musical performances. We have also hosted art shows and dance and theatre performances.  Click here for information on renting our space.