Music at Trinity United Church

Trinity United Church has a vibrant music ministry and the folks at Trinity worship joyously through music of many genres.  We love the traditional hymns and we love the contemporary songs and hymns that are being written here and now.  All the music is raised up to God in His praise and honour.

Contemporary Choir

A small ensemble of singers and guitar playing singers and drummers who love to lead the congregation. The repertoire is contemporary songs and hymns from writers all around the world.  This group sings every two weeks generally and we practice on Wednesday evening from 8:30-9:30pm from September to early June.  If you like to sing, and like to learn new songs, why not consider joining us!

Handbell Choir

We need ringers!  Bell ringers that is!  What fun we have chiming in to make music.  Each bell ringer is a very important part of the overall sound and if one is absent, the music just is not right so we need lots of ringers to be ready.  We practice on Wednesdays from 5:45-6:45pm from September to early June.  This could be the group for you; we are all learning as we go and ringing bells is a great way to become part of the music ministry at Trinity.

Senior Choir

A strong singing ensemble of SATB voices who sing frequently in service. Their repertoire is varied with very traditional anthems, more contemporary songs, acapella anthems, and choruses.  We are 22 voices strong and our ranks swell for special events such as for Christmas cantata or special concerts.  All are welcome to join us – rehearsal is Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 from September to early June.  No previous experience needed – just a joy of singing to the Lord.

Youth Band

This group is led by Jill Power and they lead our music in worship once a month.  Youth band rehearses after church service in the sanctuary and all youth are invited to this group. If you play guitar, bass guitar, flute, piano or any instrument, your gift would be wonderful as part of the youth band.

Junior Choir

A children’s choir!  We would love to have a group of children to sing during worship!  Kids from the age of 6 – 12 are welcome.  We will be organizing a group this fall(2017) with rehearsal plans to follow.  Parents, we need your support, to make this happen and bring your children to rehearsals and to services.  What a wonderful way for kids to learn about the Bible and about their faith.

Louise Elder – Music Director

Louise is an IBC – Islander By Choice, having moved here in the fall of 2016 from Ontario with her husband.  They are making their new home here and quickly learning that the Island is a vibrant, busy place with wonderful people, great music and beautiful landscapes.  They are enjoying their new home and province immensely.

Louise grew up in a musical household where there was always someone practicing at the piano or some other instrument.  Her parents had a dance band and every Saturday they would be out playing with at least two of the kids in the orchestra on any given night.  Louise’s Mom was church organist at the rural United Church where Louise grew up and sang in the choirs there.  Sunday mornings were always busy getting a family of 7 children all ready for church and getting there in time for the choir warmup before the service!

Louise studied piano and receiver her ARCT in her final high school year.  She received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario and during that time, switched from piano to study pipe organ. Bach became one of Louise’s favourite composers.  Louise went on to get her teaching degree and taught in the elementary school system in Ontario where she directed both instrumental and vocal classes, bands, choirs and small ensembles. 

Louise was music director at Melville UC in Fergus, Ontario for 3 years and held the same position at Elora UC for 16 years.  Senior choirs and junior choirs and praise bands, cantata choirs and special concerts were all part of the role.

Louise has always enjoyed conducting choirs and directed the Centre Wellington Singers for 9 years.  This is a mixed choir of 50-65 singers who continue to sing and have just celebrated their 20th anniversary at which Louise was proud to be invited back to conduct part of the program.

Louise is very happy to be part of the Trinity ministry team.  What a joy it is to work with all the amazing musicians in the choirs and ensembles at Trinity.  She is very grateful that God has lead her here and honoured to have this opportunity to assist in the musical worship of Trinity in Summerside.

She invites anyone to speak with her at any time if they have questions and thoughts about the music at Trinity.  She invites all those of any age to consider joining one of the music groups at Trinity to sing or ring a handbell, or play and sing as part of the contemporary choir.

Please talk to Louise anytime to ask about these groups and do consider offering your gifts in music to Trinity and become part of the musical worship team.  God has given each of us a voice and together with voices raised in song, we not only praise God, we pray twice and we form a community of singers and musicians that is most uplifting and joyous.

Trinity United Church

90 Spring Street

Summerside, PE

C1N 3E4

Tel 902-436-3155

Fax 902-436-3002

 

Trinity offers a wide variety of programs, learning groups, and service opportunities for all ages. Please browse our pages and see where you might fit in! For more information or to volunteer please contact:

Dr. Rev. Andrew Richardson  
Cell (902) 439 – 0304
andrew@trinitysummerside.ca

Wendy Murray
Office Administrator
admin@trinitysummerside.ca

Rev David Hamilton
Minister of Visitation

Gwyn Richards
Program Coordinator Youth and Children
gwyn@trinitysummerside.ca

Louise Elder
Music Director
music@trinitysummerside.ca

Troy Beck
Custodian