The Choir of Trinity Wall Street singing Messiah at Lincoln Center

The Choir of Trinity Wall Street

Peerless interpreters of both early and new music, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has redefined the realm of 21st-century vocal music, breaking new ground with artistry described as “blazing with vigour…a choir from heaven” (The Times, London). This premier ensemble can be heard live, online, and in recordings in performances described as “thrilling” (The New Yorker), “musically top-notch” (The Wall Street Journal), and “simply superb” (The New York Times).

A typical season for the choir includes performing in Bach at One, Compline by Candlelight, and many other concerts and festivals throughout the year, often with NOVUS NY, the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and the Trinity Youth Chorus. The choir anchors Trinity’s critically acclaimed performances of Handel’s Messiah, which The New York Times refers to as “the best Messiah in New York.”

Recent performance highlights include Park Ave Armory’s Shall We Gather at the River directed by Peter Sellars, PROTOTYPE Festival’s production of Huang Ruo’s Angel Island, Broken Chord at BAM (Created by Gregory Maqoma and Thuthuka Sibisi), Trinity’s production of Considering Matthew Shepard, George Frideric Handel’s Theodora at Caramoor, annual performances of Messiah, Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields at Carnegie Hall, Tyshawn Sorey’s Monochromatic Light (Afterlife) at the Park Ave Armory, Notes from Ukraine at Carnegie Hall, J. S. Bach cantatas at Salle Bourgie in Montreal, and collaborations with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the American Modern Opera Company. 

The choir has toured extensively throughout the United States, making appearances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Shed at Hudson Yards, the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the PROTOTYPE Festival, with partners such as Bang on a Can All-Stars, the New York Philharmonic, and the Rolling Stones. Increasingly in demand internationally, the choir has also performed at Montreal’s Salle Bourgie, Paris’s Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Norway’s Stavanger Cathedral, and London’s Barbican Theatre.

In addition to the Grammy Award-nominated recordings Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood and Handel’s Israel in Egypt, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street has released recordings on Naxos, Musica Omnia, Pentatone, VIA Recordings, ARSIS, Avie Records, Acis, Broadway Records, Cantaloupe Music, Decca Gold, and Philip Glass’s Orange Mountain Music. Trinity’s long-term commitment to new music has led to many collaborations with living composers, including Ellen Reid, Du Yun, Trevor Weston, Huang Rao, Paola Prestini, Luna Pearl Woolf, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick, Elena Ruehr, and Julia Wolfe, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning and Grammy Award-nominated work Anthracite Fields was recorded with the choir. Along with NOVUS NY, the choir also collaborated on and recorded two Pulitzer Prize-winning operas: Du Yun’s Angel’s Bone and Ellen Reid’s p r i s m.

Choir Roster


Shabnam Abedi

Elizabeth Bates

Aine Hakamatsuka

Margaret Carpenter Haigh

Sonya Headlam

Madeline Apple Healey

Elena Williamson


Clifton Massey

Timothy Parsons

Pamela Terry


Brian Giebler

Timothy Hodges

Nick Karageorgiou

Scott Mello

Stephen Sands

David Vanderwal


Steven Hrycelak

Enrico Lagasca

Thomas McCargar

Brian Mextorf

Edmund Milly

Neil Netherly

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