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2017 Annual Report

Music continued to be at the heart of Trinity’s liturgy. The leadership provided by Trinity’s faithful Choir continued to fill our sanctuary with prayerful song and joyful music that makes the soul smile. Alex Kirstukas continued as Trinity’s Interim Director of Music from January until September 10 when we said farewell to him as he left for Master’s Degree study in London. There was a wonderful farewell celebration and thanksgiving for Alex’s generous ministry with us. We rejoiced in his return home for Christmas and look forward to future times of his being back in our midst.

We had said farewell to Minister of Music Kenneth Woods in June 2016 after nearly 32 years of ministry. Sadly this year we lost Kenny in death in June 2017. Trinity’s choir sang at Kenny’s service at Christ Church Cathedral in a glorious celebration of his life.

On September 17 we welcomed our new Director of Music Jenny Branshaw who enthusiastically joined us and began directing the choir. Jenny holds a Bachelors in Arts degree with Piano Performance major and a Master in Music with Historical Keyboard Performance major—both degrees being from Brigham Young University. She is Kodaly certified specializing in choral conducting. We delight in having Jenny at the organ bench and piano bench.

The choir throughout the year sang challenging and heartwarming music for anthems and led us in congregational singing with strength and skill and love of God.

In October Jenny began the Canton Children’s Choir which met on Wednesday nights from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. with 10 to 12 children enrolled and eager to learn music. The children’s choir is a mix of Trinity children and children in the wider Canton community. They sang for our family services in October and through the end of the year. They take a break for the first part of 2018 while Jenny is on maternity leave.

On behalf of the entire congregation I give thanks for Trinity’s Choir, for Alex’s ministry, for Jenny’s new ministry with us, for Leslie Dehey’s continued ministry as music librarian. Thanks be to God for each and every one. We are always looking for new choir members for the adult choir and for the Canton Children’s Choir. Please be in contact with Jenny when she returns from leave.

Respectfully submitted,

The Rev. Linda Spiers, Rector


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