The Twenty-ninth Annual Diocesan Choir Festival

Choir Festival 2011

The Twenty-ninth Annual Diocesan Choir festival will take place on Saturday, January 23rd, at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Sacramento. Singers from all over Northern California take part in an all-day rehearsal, culminating with Choral Evensong at the end of the day.

Conducting the festival choir this year, is Canon David Link, Canon for Music at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral since 1984. Canon Link will be assisted from the organ console by Dr Ryan Enright, accompanist for the Sacramento Choral Society, and organist of St John’s Lutheran Church.


Canon David Link

The music to be sung at the festival includes:

  • Preces & Responses – Thomas Ebdon, edited by David Link
  • Psalm 121 – plainsong with fauxbourdon by Sidney Nicholson
  • Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis (Evening Canticles) in d minor – Thomas Attwood Walmisley
  • “Let the peoples praise You, O God” – Bruce Neswick

All singers are invited to join us. Click the link below to download the registration form, and plan to join us for a fun day of singing!

And all are invited to attend the service of Choral Evensong at 4:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-town Sacramento.

Festival Registration Form 2016


Christmas at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral


We hope you will join us for one of our five Christmas services this year! You are assured of a warm welcome, and beautiful music.

Christmas Eve at 3:00 pm – Christmas Pageant and Family Eucharist  Music sung by the Cathedral Choristers including “What sweeter music” by John Leavitt, and “Unto us is born a Son” arranged by David Willcocks.

Christmas Eve at 5:00 pm – Christmas Pageant and Family Eucharist Music sung by the Celebration Choir including “The Jesus Gift” by Gilbert Martin, “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” arranged by Marty Haugen, and “A Spotless Rose” by Bryan L. Greer

Christmas Eve at 8:00 pm – Solemn High Mass  Music by the Cathedral Choir including “Unto us is born a Son” by David Willcocks, and the “Missa Sancta Maria Magdalena” by Healey Willan.

Christmas Eve at 10:30 pm – “Unto us is born a SonA Festive Christmas Concert by the Cathedral Choir with music including “Ave Maria” by Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Dormi Jesu” by John Rutter, “Unto us is born a Son” arranged by David Willcocks, “A Tender Shoot” by Otto Goldschmidt, and “Say, where is he, born the King” by Felix Mendelssohn, plus organ music by Marcel Dupre and Leo Sowerby.

Christmas Eve at 11:00 pm – Festive Holy Eucharist (“Midnight Mass”  Music by the Cathedral Choir including the “Missa ad Praesepe” (Mass at the Crib) by George Malcolm, and “O Magnum Mysterium” by William Byrd.

Christmas Day at 10:00 am – Christmas Morning EucharistSimple service with organist Barry Moenter, cantor Jay Leach, and the Cathedral Handbell Ringers. Music will include “A Stable Lamp is Lighted” by David Hurd.

The Trinity Cathedral Choir  – Canon David Link, Director of Music

The Trinity Cathedral Choristers – Kamilyn Davis, Director of Choristers

Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-town Sacramento. Free parking will be available in the Sutter Community Garage at 27th and N Streets, entering from the 27th Street side.



A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols



Saturday, December 19th at 7:30 pm

Please join the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral Choristers for our traditional service of Lessons and Carols. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is a service celebrating the birth of Jesus, which is traditionally followed at Christmas. The story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus is told in nine short Bible readings, interspersed with the singing of carols, anthems, and hymns. The service was originally designed by the Reverend Eric Milner-White, and has become known worldwide through the broadcasts from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, England.

Once in Royal David’s City – arranged David Willcocks
Advent Calendar – Peter Hallock
An Advent Procession (Veni Redemptor Gentium)  – Donald Pearson
A Tender Shoot – Otto Goldschmidt
Unto us is born a Son – arranged David Willcocks (Cathedral Choir & Choristers)
Ave Maria – Sergei Rachmaninov
What sweeter music – John Leavitt (Cathedral Choristers)
Gloria in Excelsis – George Malcolm
Dormi Jesu – John Rutter
O magnum Mysterium – William Byrd
Hark, the Herald Angels Sing – descant by David Willcocks

The Trinity Cathedral Choir
Canon David Link, Director of Music/organist & choirmaster

The Cathedral Choristers, Kamilyn Davis, Director, with special guests”Cappella” of the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, Lynn Stevens, Artstic Director.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in mid-town Sacramento. Free parking is available in the Sutter Community Garage at 27th & N Streets (enter from 27th Street), and the Cathedral is served by Regional Transit bus lines #30 and 62.

Download the full 2015 program here:

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2015

Choral Evensong for Saint Cecilia

800px-Saint_Cecilia_WymondleyAcclaimed as the Patron Saint of Music and Musicians, Cecilia was a third century martyr whose feast day falls on November 22nd. Music has been written in honor of her by musicians as diverse as Purcell, Handel, Britten, and Howells, to The Andrews Sisters, Brian Eno, and Paul Simon!

The Trinity Cathedral Choir celebrates the feast of our patron with Choral Evensong, on Thursday, November 19th at 6:00 pm. Included will be music by Bruce Neswick, Henry Ley, and Charles V. Stanford. The service will conclude with Herbert Howells’ anthem “A Hymn for Saint Cecilia,” based on a poem by Ursula Vauhgan-Williams.

Choral Evensong is a lovely way to end a busy and noise-filled day. Please join us!
Trinity Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in midtown Sacramento.

All Saints’ Day Requiem Eucharist


Please join the Trinity Cathedral Choir on Sunday, November 1 at the 11:15 am Eucharist as we sing the “Requiem” Mass by Gabriel Fauré. Fauré (1845 – 1924) was one of the foremost French musicians of his generation. A highly gifted organist, pianist, and composer, he later became Director of the Paris Conservatory, influencing many musicians of the next generation including Maurice Ravel. He was for many years the organist of the church of Le Madeleine in Paris, in succession to his teacher Camille Saint-Saens.

His Requiem was composed in 1888 “for the pure pleasure of it.” In it he avoids the foreboding mood of many Requiem settings of the time, for a more gentle melodic style. It certainly remains his most beautiful and enduring work. We will be using a special chamber orchestration of the work utilizing organ, harp, violin, and cello accompaniment, realized by David Hill. The Cathedral Choir is conducted by Canon David Link, Cathedral Organist & Choirmaster. The choir will be assisted by harpist Beverly Wessner-Hoehn, violinist Victoria Tognozzi, and cellist Leo Gravin.

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street in mid-t0wn Sacramento.

Support the Cathedral Organ Restoration when you adopt-a-pipe

The second phase of our Cathedral Organ Restoration Project is fully underway. The completed antiphonal organ at the North end of the Cathedral will enhance the sound of our magnificent organ, and provide new colors for the organist to use. In honor of his long standing commitment to worship and music at Trinity Cathedral, the completed antiphonal division is being named in honor of the Reverend Dr Grant S. Carey, Canon Emeritus.
We have contracted the Schoenstein Organ Company of Benicia, California, to complete the antiphonal division. Schoenstein is one of America’s top organ builders, known for the attention to detail, exceptional workmanship, and tonal beauty. There will be two new cases of pipes on either side of the existing “Imperial Trumpet” pipes. And the new façade pipes will be made of copper to match the trumpets. It will be musically and visually stunning when completed.
One way to support the project is through our “Adopt-a-pipe” program. For $650, you can “adopt” one of the 183 pipes being added to the organ. You can even “adopt” more than one of them! Visit the Cathedral Organ Restoration page for details, and to download a contribution form.
Thank you everyone, for your continuing support of this project!

New antiphonal case design from Schoenstein organ builders.

New antiphonal case design from Schoenstein organ builders.

First Choral Evensong service of the season

Cathedral Choir 2015

Please join the Trinity Cathedral Choir for our first service of Choral Evensong for the 2015-16 season.

Thursday, October 8th at 6:00 pm

Introit: God be in my head – Sidney Nicholson
Preces & Responses – Richard Ayleward and Peter Hallock
Psalm 43 – chant by J. Harrison
Canticles: Short Service – Orlando Gibbons
Anthem: Jesu dulcis memoria – John Graham

Choral Evensong is an excellent way to end a busy and noise-filled day, with beautiful music and quiet contemplation. We hope to see you here!

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located t 2620 Capitol Avenue at 27th Street, in midtown Sacramento.