Robert Barney, Music Director, came to Trinity in 1994, and since 2009, is Artistic Director for Youth pro Musica, Boston’s oldest choir program for young people. As a Private teacher in voice, piano, and organ, for over 40 years, Robert is also heard regularly in solo performances as an organist, harpsichordist, and singer. He sings with, and serves as an artistic advisor for, the Seraphim Singers.

Robert, past Dean of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), has performed organ recitals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, and for the AGO, Association of Anglican Musicians (AAM), and the Organ Historical Society (OHS). Several recordings of OHS conventions include his playing and he has been featured in the NPR radio program Pipedreams.

Music as Part of Worship

Music plays an important role in our liturgy. Every Sunday throughout the year, (with the summer pick-up choir) Hymns, Psalms, Canticles, and Anthems are sung with choir and organ at the 10 am Eucharist Service. Vocal solos and instrumental music are included regularly in worship services, offered by members and friends of the parish. Music is also prominent at weddings, funerals, and other special services.

Choral Evensong

The Service of Choral Evensong is a dialogue that has been given life by singers and composers since 1549, when Archbishop Thomas Cranmer organized our liturgies into The Book Of Common Prayer. As the beauty of this experience has continued for centuries, it has fostered the creation of an immense body of music written solely for this service. A first-time participant may feel as if he or she has joined in a conversation already begun, but eventually the wash of music and liturgy carries one into a new sense of God’s presence in the rhythm of daily life. Choral Evensong is sung daily in many cathedrals and parish churches in England and throughout the Anglican Communion. Consider the possibility that at any given moment, somewhere on the earth, someone is offering up a voice of sung prayer as this miraculous conversation continues between the Creator and the created.

Music as Performance

Recognizing the contribution that live music offers to the life of a community, Trinity regularly presents performing individuals and groups as part of our worship or as events by themselves. We have presented groups as varied and diverse as The American Boy Choir, The Dortmund Boys Chorus, The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, several English and US choirs, and various Early Music ensembles. Trinity is home to two Ensembles in Residence: Concordia Consort (Recorders) and BALA (Brass). Trinity also provides regular rehearsal space to Recorders/Early Music West, Concord Women’s Chorus, Concord Chorus, and other ensembles.


The Choir Program

Music Education The Music Program is aligned with the Church School program to emphasize learning about liturgy and music. Music and visual arts are also featured in many adult education programs here at Trinity. The educational structure of the Royal School of Church Music Chorister Training Program, with an emphasis on individual achievement, forms the basis of the Youth and Junior Choir programs.

The Parish Choir is an all-volunteer group of approximately forty adults and high school students. They rehearse at 7:30 pm Thursdays, (September-June) and sing in the 10:00 am Liturgy throughout the year as well as Choral Evensong about three or four times each year.  The Repertoire is rooted in the traditional music of the church. They are contemplating another trip, having traveled to Grace Episcopal Church in New York City, NY, and St. Paul’s Cathedral in Burlington, VT. The singers take pleasure in music making and have a tremendous spirit of fellowship and commitment, with an understanding that hard work can be fun while producing exciting results.

The Junior Choir is for beginning singers in grades 2 – 4. Instruction is given during the weekly 4:00 pm Thursday rehearsals in singing and reading music, and in the traditions of our church. Primarily a preparatory experience, this group sings in the 10:00 am Liturgy on the first Sunday of the month, when ready, (October-June) and for services at Christmas and Easter.

The Youth Choir is for singers in grade 5 through High School. Thursday, 5:15–6:15 pm rehearsals are designed around the RSCM program, teaching musical skills and vocal technique in the context of our Liturgical tradition and often include lively discussions on the meaning of texts. The Youth Choir participates in the 10:00 am Liturgy (October-June) singing an anthem on the first Sunday of each month, and for services at Christmas, Easter, and other occasions, as well as Choral Evensong in December and June. The group takes a summer overnight retreat and we are currently working on plans for a future trip.

New Bell Choir for 2019

Ringing Hand Bells has a rich tradition in the church. New this year, Juanita Healy will lead a bell choir. A regular rehearsal time has not yet been established, but those interested should contact Music Director, Robert Barney

Calendar of Musical Offerings for 2019/2020

September 22, Sunday at 11:15 am

Organ introduction and tour


September 29, Sunday at 4:00 pm

Anniversary Organ Concert

Robert Barney Organist


October 6, Sunday at 4:00 pm

Blessing of the Animals

October 27, Sunday at 5:00 pm

Hymn Sing & Pie Party

November 3, Sunday at 5:00 pm

Prelude Recital & Choral Evensong

December 1, Sunday at 5:00 pm

Choral Evensong in the Chapel

December 8, Sunday at 5:00 pm

Blue Advent service

December 24, Christmas Eve

Holy Eucharist Services

12:00 Noon in Chapel

3:30 pm with Pageant

5:30 pm with Soloist

10:30 pm Prelude, with Carols, Choir, and Instruments

December 25, Christmas Day

10:00 am Holy Eucharist in Chapel

January 4, Saturday at 5:00 pm

Lessons & Carols

January 26, Sunday at 5:00 PM

Choral Evensong: St Anne’s Lincoln

Combined area choirs

February 26, Ash Wednesday

Holy Eucharist in the Chapel

7:00 AM & 12:00 Noon (spoken)

7:30 PM (with music)

March 1, Sunday at 5:00 PM

Prelude Recital & Choral Evensong


Sunday, April 5 at 8:00 & 10:00 am

Palm Sunday

Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 pm

Women of the Passion Narrative


Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 pm

Lessons of Tenebrae

Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 pm

Maundy Thursday Liturgy

Friday, April 10 Good Friday

Liturgy at 7:00 am

Liturgy with music at Noon

Music for Meditation at 1:30 pm

Silent Meditation to 3:00 pm


Saturday, April 11 at 7:00 pm

Great Vigil of Easter


April 12, Easter Sunday at 8 & 10 am

Holy Eucharist with Choir & Brass


May 3, Sunday at 5:00 pm

Prelude Recital & Choral Evensong

June 7, Sunday at 5:00 pm

Choral Evensong in the Chapel

Watch for Notices of

Summer Tea-Time Recitals

Preludes, Postludes, Hymns, and Choir Anthems are included at 10:00 am Holy Eucharist Every Sunday!

The Rev’d Nancy J. Hagner, Rector

The Rev’d Becky Gettel, Assoc. Rector

Robert Barney, Director of Music