Choir and Music

Adult Choir, under the leadership of Paul Sloan

Accepting new members to the adult choir!

Practices at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. before service.

Musical instruction available

A desire and ability to sing more important than ability to read notes

Usually sing every Sunday September to June; Special services as well

Occasional social events

Music Director: Paul Sloan

Handbell Director - Maryellen Burgess

Trinity’s Music Ministry
Music programs at Trinity United Church include various presentations such as Christmas cantatas and Spring Talent shows. The music is always expanding and offering new and enlightening events for its congregants and the community at large.
Trinity also boasts of its proud possession - a three manual Keates pipe organ.  This is a professional calibre instrument which is carefully maintained and lovingly used by those who feel honoured to play it.  Trinity LOVES its music and appreciates its musicians! 


New Look for the Choir

The choir is proud to announce the new look provided by recently purchased stoles that will be used for most services.  We will be wearing our own choice of clothing and the stoles will provide and informal but uniform splash of colour.  The stoles were purchased entirely from an anonymous donation to the choir.  The green gowns will be used for the more formal services in the church calendar and we hope that stoles are appreciated as a way to project a less formal appearance at the front of the church for other services. 

We want to thank the donor for their gift, their interest in the choir and the investment for the congregation. 

Further thanks are extended to Cathy MacDonald, Maryellen McNaught, Debbe Rogers, Kathryn Colantonio and Gail Lockhart for their committee work in bringing this all together.

Phil Watson, for the Senior Choir.

Adult Handbells – “The Alleluia Ringers”               
 Recently attended the 16th Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers (OGEHR) Festival, United We Ring From C to C to C held at McMaster University in Hamilton, May 25 – 27, 2017
Tuesday Practice: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Advanced musical instruction

Performance in church when scheduled

Performances in community by request

Attend training and workshops as required

Occasional social events

Trinity's "Show the Love" campaign for the organ....
Our goal has been met!  $100,000.00 was raised in our very successful year of fundraising.  Congratulations, Trinity and thank you to all who contributed to our organ fund - members, adherents, and friends of Trinity.

Feb./17 Update on the organ rebuild.....
The decision has been made to award the organ console rebuild contract to Dodington and Dodington.  This company does our regular organ maintenance.  Work will begin immediately on the new control system but the console will not be removed until just after Easter.  The organ will then be out of service for 6 - 8 weeks.

Update, Summer of 2017:
Our organ is back!  And sounding great!  Come out to hear it.

  Our Music Director - Mr. Paul Sloan

Paul Sloan brings to Trinity a rich and extensive background as a church organist and choir director. The son of a United Church minister, Paul started his organ-playing career at age 14 when he took on the role of organist for the evening services at his dad’s church, Chalmer’s United in Guelph Ontario. He also played the music at weddings in the absence of the regular organist.

Paul earned his A.R.C.T. in piano performance in 1974, the year he entered the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto to pursue a Bachelor of Music degree, which was conferred on him in 1978.  Following a year working with a media and promotions company in Toronto, he pursued his Bachelor of Education degree at Queen’s University in Kingston. In 1980, Paul began his teaching career in Mitchell Ontario, where he was the music director of the vocal music program at the local high school.  In 1983, Paul began his career in music ministry at Trinity United Church in nearby Listowel, Ontario, where he was organist and choir director for 4 years.  He then took a leave of absence for a year, and worked as a volunteer teacher in Botswana Africa.  Upon his return to Ontario, he was appointed chair of the music department at St. Marys Collegiate in St. Marys, Ontario while at the same time assuming the role of organist and choir director at St. Marys United Church. 

In 1990, Paul moved north to Simcoe County, taking up residence in Victoria Harbour, the location of the family cottage where Paul spent his summers while growing up. He continued his education career with the Simcoe County District School Board, teaching at Elmvale District High School before moving to Eastview Secondary School in Barrie.  He was appointed Vice Principal of Adult and Continuing Education in 1994. He then served as Vice Principal and then Principal of Midland Secondary School from 1998 – 2006.  He returned to the Adult and Continuing Education department as Principal before being appointed, in 2009, to his current position of Superintendent of Education.  

Parallel to his work with the school board, Paul became the organist and choir director at Trinity Anglican Church in Barrie.  He followed this position by assuming the same role at Knox Presbyterian Church in Midland for nine years.  For the past ten years, Paul has been the organist and choir director at St. Paul’s United Church in Midland. 

Paul considers church work to be a calling. His primary role, as he sees it, is to support the worship leaders of the church and, through the power of music, enhance the worship experience of the members of the congregation as they seek to reflect on, and grow their faith.