Trinity Cathedral has a vibrant Music program which serves both our worshipping community and the Phoenix community at large. Quality instruments, accomplished and dedicated musicians, and an ideal acoustic environment encourages energetic congregational participation in our worship. The music program supports and encourages our liturgy while offering a rich variety of outside musical events through our Music at Trinity Series.
The Cathedral houses two fine instruments: a four-manual, 71-rank Schantz pipe organ installed in the choir, and a hand-crafted, nine-foot, Bösendorfer concert grand from Vienna, Austria. Both instruments are in high demand by performers from across the country.
The choir program consists of three talented and diverse ensembles: The Cathedral Choir, Trinity Singers, and the St. Nicholas Choir (youth choir), all under the direction of the Canon Musician. The choirs of Trinity Cathedral are liturgical ensembles, singing for one or more of the weekly liturgies. For more information on any of these choirs, please see the “Choirs” description below.
A native of the Chicago area, Erik W. Goldstrom was appointed Canon Musician for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix, Arizona, in November of 2009. As the cathedral’s Organist and Choirmaster, he conducts three choirs and oversees Music at Trinity, the musical outreach arm of the cathedral. He has served parishes in California, North Carolina, Illinois, and Indiana, where he was the assistant at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis. An active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, he currently serves as the book reviewer for the Association’s national publication, Journal.
Dr. Goldstrom holds degrees from Northwestern University (summa cum laude), Southern Methodist University (where he was awarded the Dora Poteet Barclay Award for Outstanding Organ Performance), Perkins School of Theology (summa cum laude), and Stanford University where he received his Ph.D. in musicology. His teachers of organ performance include Ralph Sunden, Richard Enright, Robert T. Anderson, Kimberly Marshall and Robert Bates.
Erik has performed throughout the United States, UK and Europe, most notably at Lincoln Cathedral, St. George's Chapel, Windsor, the Madeleine and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. He has also appeared at national conferences sponsored by the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Anglican Musicians. An avid promoter of contemporary music, Erik has both commissioned and premiered works by several notable American composers including Jeffrey Smith, David Jaffe and Frank Ferko. He lives in Phoenix with his partner Michael Garland.
Music At Trinity
Music at Trinity is the musical outreach of Trinity Cathedral. Our goal is to sponsor a wide range of artists and musical programs in performance to the greater Phoenix community. Artists range from internationally-recognized performers to fantastic local talent; well-established groups to newly-formed ensembles that hold great promise. Musical offerings range from the Great Organist Series to Chamber Music and Music from the Cathedral Choir.
With few exceptions, these concerts are all provided free of charge; we see this as our gift to you. We hope that you will join us for one or more of this season’s musical offerings!
If you would like to help support our musical mission here at Trinity Cathedral , information can be found in the downloadable brochure.
The Choirs of Trinity Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral has variety of choral ensembles that support its weekly liturgies throughout the year. Ensembles vary in size and constituency and are meant to serve the entire Cathedral community.
The Cathedral Choir
The Cathedral Choir is a semi-professional ensemble comprised of both professional staff singers and excellent volunteer musicians. The range of literature extends from the Renaissance through Contemporary periods and comprises the best of the Anglican choral tradition. The Cathedral Choir is one of the premier ensembles in the greater Phoenix area, serving the weekly 10:00 AM liturgy as well as singing the service of Solemn Choral Evensong once a month on the last Sunday of the month at 4:00 PM. Additionally, the Cathedral Choir is featured throughout the year on the Music at Trinity series.
The Cathedral Choir is an auditioned ensemble. Requirements include an ability to read music (singing at sight an unfamiliar work), excellent tuning and a voice of clear, straight-tone timbre that blends well with other voices. The Cathedral Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings.
Trinity Singers is group of dedicated, highly-motivated volunteer musicians who enjoy singing and wish to lead worship here at Trinity Cathedral. This ensemble welcomes all people who have a desire and willingness to sing on Sunday mornings. We rehearse once monthly on the fourth Sunday morning in the Auditorium. The Trinity Singers serve the 10:00 AM liturgy on the Fourth Sunday of each month.
The Youth Choir is open to all youth ages 7-18 and draws from both the Anglo and Hispanic communities in our congregation. In addition to singing for both the 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM liturgies, the youth choir learns the fundamentals of music and good vocal production. Extra-curricular activities throughout the year help build strong community among our singing youth. The Youth Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-6:45 PM in the Auditorium.
For information on any of the above choirs at Trinity Cathedral,
please contact the Canon Musician.