"He who sings prays twice..." - St. Augustine
The Music Ministry at Most Holy Trinity Chapel supports 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 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 1030 Mass is led by the Family Choir, Cadet Catholic Choir, Youth and Teen singers and organ. They meet Sundays at 1000 during the academic year to warm up. Before large celebrations and for special occasions, Thursday rehearsals are called at 1700. Singers of all ages are encouraged to join this wonderful group!
The Sunday 1715 Mass has just been moved to the Chapel after decades of it being celebrated in a lecture hall. Cadet Tessa Knight is taking a lead role in forming the choir for this Mass. If you sing or play and instrument, please contact Tessa or Meredith Baker, so we can best integrate you into this newest opportunity for ministry! Come out Sunday at 1630, and be part of something new.
The Cadet Catholic Choir eats dinner together in the rectory Tuesdays at 1830, and then rehearses at 1900 in the Sanctuary.
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 has served as vice-president of the West Point Ladies' Golf Club as well as president of the Women's Hudson River Golf Association.
Miss Baker served as Director of Education and 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.