Trinity Cathedral Choir Celebrates Ten Years of Lessons and Carols “On the Road”
In the autumn of 2007, the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Choir and their director, Marty Wheeler Burnett, launched an innovative ministry: Advent Lessons and Carols “On the Road.” After presenting the traditional service at the cathedral, the singers and instrumentalists traveled a few miles to St. Martin of Tours Episcopal Church in South Omaha. As they shared the distinctly Anglican choral service with that congregation, a new tradition was born.
In celebration of ten years of traveling in the Diocese of Nebraska, the choir has planned two stops on this year’s tour. On Sunday morning, December 11, the choir will sing at St. Mark’s Episcopal Pro-Cathedral in Hastings, Nebraska at the 10:00 a.m. Eucharist. The Right Reverend J. Scott Barker, Bishop of Nebraska, and the Very Reverend Catherine Scott, Dean, will preside.
That afternoon, the choir will travel to St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Lincoln, to sing Advent Lessons and Carols at 4:00 p.m. The Reverend Judi Yeates, Interim Rector, will officiate.
For those in the Omaha area, Advent Lessons and Carols is offered at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sunday, December 4 at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist. The Cathedral Choir will be joined by the newly formed children’s choirs of Cantate Choral Academy and the cathedral’s handbell ensemble.
“This traditional service includes a series of Bible readings and choral music focusing on the Advent themes of hope and expectation of Christ’s coming,” stated Burnett. “Our music is offered to the glory of God and as a gift to each community we visit. It is our opportunity to worship with our fellow Episcopalians in the diocese and celebrate our common mission and ministry.”
The Cathedral Choir continues a long tradition of excellence in choral music. The choir sings for Sundays and Holy Days, September through Trinity Sunday, as well as diocesan occasions such as ordinations, diocesan conventions, and regional confirmations. The choir was honored to sing for Nebraska Day at Washington National Cathedral in 2003 and for an Open House Weekend in 1996. Choral Evensong is offered several times each year, as well as the annual Advent Festival of Lessons and Carols.
The choir will be joined by noted organist and composer, Michael McCabe.