"He who sings prays twice..." - St. Augustine
The Music Ministry at Most Holy Trinity Chapel leads worship within the liturgical norms of the Roman Catholic Church, with the support of our Pastor and clergy, and our talented parishioners. Singers and instrumentalists are ALWAYS welcome to join us in the Folk Group or the Choir Loft.
We are one Parish with many needs and numerous opportunities to serve! The various ensembles that support each Mass work together during Feasts and Festivals - so that there is one united Music Ministry. Encourage anyone you know that likes to sing, or plays an instrument to consider joining one or more of our Chapel's choirs!
There is a Folk Group led by COL Andy Glen that supports the Saturday 1715 Mass. That group meets at 1830 each Saturday to go over the hymns and psalm setting, and anything else that is necessary for that week, or weeks to come.
The Sunday 0900 Mass is led by a Family Choir and organ. They meet Sundays at 0830 during the academic year to warm up. Before large celebrations and for special occasions, Thursday rehearsals are called at 1900. Singers of all ages (cadets, too!) are encouraged to join this wonderful group!
Sunday at 1100 the Cadet Catholic Choir leads the musical portions of worship with members of the Pocket Orchestra (mostly cadets, but others are welcome!) and organ. Youth and Teen members of the parish also provide crucial leadership - particularly when the Cadets are not on post. Warm up is at 1030. The Cadet Catholic Choir rehearses Tuesdays at 1915 in the Cloister Room.
The Youth and Teens are presently aiming to start rehearsals so they can build a Handbell Choir, and have more personalized instruction in voice production, sight reading, and choral technique. Those rehearsals will be scheduled on Thursday afternoons. Parents of children, grades 3-7 are urged to speak with our Director of Music, Meredith Baker, at x. 3544 to help get this ministry working!
Director of Music
Meredith Elaine Baker has guided a vibrant Music Ministry at Most Holy Trinity Chapel since 1991. Her Youth Choirs have presented numerous Jazz Cantatas, and sung and rung handbells for many years. The Cadet Catholic Choir has enjoyed the opportunity of visiting parishes four times per year, spreading the Good News through song all over the Metropolitan and New England areas. The Cadet Choir has sung for two Popes (in '96 and '08) and many archbishops and cardinals in the past years. The Family Choir joined with the Cadet Choir at Carnegie Hall in November of 2008, to sing Mahler's 8th Symphony, the "Symphony of Thousands."
Meredith is an avid golfer, and serves as vice-president of the West Point Ladies' Golf Club as well as president of the Women's Hudson River Golf Association.
Miss Baker is District Convener of the Metropolitan and European Chapters of the American Guild of Organists. She holds two professional certificates awarded through examination, that of Choir Master (ChM) and Fellow (FAGO). She has been a member of the New York Archdiocese Music Commission since 1993. She is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).
Miss Baker is a Professor on the adjunct and artist faculties of Nassau Community College (Garden City, Long Island), having taught there since 1978. She is also Conductor of the Long Island Choral Society (www.LICS.org) at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, since 1979.
She trained on piano since age three, organ since age nine, flute, violin, guitar and bassoon. She holds a BM and MA from Queens College, CUNY, and a professional studies certificate in Church Music from Manhattan School of Music. She has done doctoral studies at Manhattan School of Music, and studied with John Rutter at Clare College, Cambridge.
Miss Baker has been music director for many musicals since high school days: Hello Dolly, Annie Get your Gun, and has played in pit orchestras for My Fair Lady, Fantastiks, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Dames at Sea, and more.
Meredith loves the adventure of serving at West Point, and looks forward to working with even more members of the community through the music ministry.