Trinity’s oldest student organization, founded in 1825, The Chapel Singers sing at major college occasions, Chapel services, and concerts on campus as well as on domestic and international tours. The group’s membership includes undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds and academic disciplines who enjoy studying and performing challenging choral music.
In celebration of Women at the Summit: 50 Years of Coeducation at Trinity College, the group’s 2019–20 season will feature several performances of music by women composers.
In addition to the events below, The Chapel Singers sing most Sundays during term at the Service of Holy Communion at 12:30 p.m.
Audition information for 2019–20 season
Auditions for new members will take place at the start of the fall semester. Please read more information here.
Wednesdays at 5:15 p.m.
Fall 2019: October 23, November 13
Spring 2020: February 5, April 22
Evensong is a centuries-old service of sung prayer that marks the end of day and the arrival of evening through music, silence, candlelight, and incense. The Chapel Singers chant psalms and offer anthems especially suited to the architecture and acoustical properties of the Chapel. Those attending are invited to participate as they wish or to simply listen. All are invited to this 45-minute service for a moment of restful contemplation at the close of day.
The 60th annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 4:00 and 7:00 p.m.
The annual Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols marks the beginning of the holiday season for the Greater Hartford community. Carols are offered by The Chapel Singers as well as the Trinity College Gospel Choir and the Trinity African Choir. A string quartet, the organ, and carillon all add music to this festive occasion. The Chapel Singers will offer a program of carols by women composers and poets, including Isabella Leonarda, Judith Weir, June Nixon, and Sally Beamish. A freewill offering will be taken.
The Chapel Singers in Concert: Women at the Summit
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
For most of the history of The Chapel Singers’, a group that is nearly as old as Trinity College itself, membership included undergraduate men only. In fact, any performances requiring soprano voices necessitated a collaboration with children’s or women’s choirs from the region. The Chapel Singers welcomed their first soprano members in 1969, when Trinity opened its doors to women students. In recognition of this significant anniversary, The Chapel Singers offer a concert of music by women composers, including works by Rebecca Clarke, Lili Boulanger, Rosephanye Powell, Kerry Andrew, and Dobrinka Tabakova.
Zachary Schurman ’22, organist
Christopher Houlihan, conductor
Free admission, donations accepted.
Friday, April 10, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Communion
A cappella choral music will be offered, fitting for the solemnity of this day.
Service of Holy Communion
Festive music for Easter, followed by a lemonade and coffee reception in the Chapel cloister.
A freewill offering will be taken.