Rev. Dan Heischman
College Chaplain


Donna Swols
Chapel Assistant



Robert Edward Smith
Composer in Residence

John Rose
College Organist and Director of Chapel Music

Daniel Kehoe


Religious Advisors

Rev. Michael Dolan
Roman Catholic Chaplain

 Lisa Kassow
 Director Trinity Hillel

Advisor to Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship





Rev. Dan Heischman College Chaplain


In July of 2003 Dan Heischman became College Chaplain at Trinity. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dan studied at the College of Wooster, where he received his BA degree. He then continued at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he studied Theology and received another BA and MA from the university. His first contact with Connecticut came when he completed his theological
studies at Yale Divinity School, earning there a Master of Sacred Theology degree. In 1987 he earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dan's first experience at a "Trinity" was at Trinity School in New York City, where he was Chaplain from 1979 to 1987. From there he moved on to be the Executive Director of the Council for Religion in Independent Schools, a position from which he worked with independent schools around the country. During that time he also taught at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Maryland.

Prior to coming to Trinity College, Dan was Head of the Upper School at St.Albans School in Washington, where he also served as a clergy assistant at Washington National Cathedral. He looks forward to this new context and opportunity at Trinity College, where he is eager for the chaplaincy to be a vital part of the larger community life of the college.


Donna Swols Chapel Assistant

As Chapel Assistant Donna overseas the chapel program administration. She is the first person to seek out for information about almost anything connected with the Chapel and the Trinity religious life programs. Donna has been at the chapel for over six years. 


Chapel Musicians


John Rose College Organist and Director of Chapel Music

Trinity College Organist John Rose has performed in forty-four of the United States and in nine other countries on four continents. Performances at home have included Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Bushnell Hall in Hartford, and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Performance venues abroad have included Westminster Abbey and St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Morelia Cathedral in Mexico and Town Hall in Melbourne, Australia. This past season he performed at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and The International Organ Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Since 1977 Mr. Rose has been College Organist and Director of Chapel Music at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut where he also directs The trinity College Chapel Singers. Before coming to Trinity spent nine years as Organist and Music Director at Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark, New Jersey. Among several noted composers who have dedicated works to him is Malcolm Williamson, Master of the Queen's Music to H.M. Elizabeth II of Great Britain, American composer Robert Edward Smith, Trinity College Chapel composer in residence, and the late American composer, Louie White. Mr. Rose records for Towerhill Recordings.


Robert Edward Smith Composer in Residence

Robert Edward Smith has been Trinity College Chapel composer in residence since 1979. Mr. Smith is a widely published composer of choral and instrumental works. A substantial number of his choral compositions have been commissioned by the college and first performed by The Trinity College Chapel Singers. In addition to his work as a composer, Mr. Smith is also a widely acclaimed concert harpsichordist. He has recorded for both the Wild Boar and Towerhill labels.


Daniel Kehoe'78 Master Carillonneur

Daniel K. Kehoe was appointed Carillonneur of Trinity College in 1982.  He teaches students and people in the extended Trinity community to play the carillon and organizes the visiting carillonneurs for the Summer Music Series on Wednesday evenings from June through August.


Religious Advisors


 Lisa Kassow Director Trinity Hillel

Lisa Pleskow Kassow lived in Jerusalem, Israel from 1978-1990, where she was a photojournalist.   Kassow returned to Trinity College as the first full-time Hillel director in 2000, a post she held part-time in 1992. Between 1994-2000 Kassow worked at the Greater Hartford Jewish Community Center (JCC) in West Hartford, Connecticut. During her tenure at the JCC, Kassow directed adult education and later assumed the post of director of arts, culture, and education. Kassow founded and for five years was the Director of the Hartford Jewish Film Festival, a program that Trinity co-sponsors. Kassow holds a BFA in art from Carnegie-Mellon University and is a graduate of the Beit Midrash program in West Hartford, Connecticut.


Rev. Michael Dolan Roman Catholic Chaplain

The Reverend Michael J. Dolan was ordained for the Archdiocese of Hartford in 1996.  He was graduated from Assumption College with a B.A. in History and earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Saint John Seminary with studies at Weston School of Theology, Boston College, Hartt School of Music and the Christian-Muslim Relations Program at Hartford Seminary.  Father Dolan has ministered at Iglesia Sanctissimo Sacramento in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, St. Vincent de Paul Church, East Haven, Connecticut, St.George Church in Guilford, St. Mary Church, Newington and as Priest Director of its parish school, as well as an Archdiocesan Master of Ceremonies, Tribunal Instructor and providing pastoral care at Cedar Crest Psychiatric Hospital located in Newington.


Advisor to Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship

(Currently updating bio-data.)


Last Update October 09, 2003

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