Treblefest, an annual event where choristers from Ohio and NW Pennsylvania attend at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, in the Diocese of Ohio recently took place on Saturday March 7, 2015. Each year, a conductor of international or national prominence is invited to instruct and lead the choristers. This year’s conductor was James O’Donnell, the Organist and Master of the Choristers at Westminster Abbey in London England. Mr. O’Donnell is an internationally recognized conductor and organ recitalist, having given concerts all over the world. In addition to his full schedule of daily choral services, his responsibilities have also included directing music for a service in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI and the Wedding of the The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April 2011.
Four of The Cathedral of St Paul’s’ own choristers travelled to Cleveland to participate in this year’s Treblefest. Lydia Andraso, Emma Schuette, Elise Roessner and Julia Roessner joined around 70 other choristers from St Michael’s in the Hills church, Toledo, St Paul’s church, Akron , St Paul’s church, Cleveland Heights and Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland. Their day began at 9 am to rehearse the music and responses for the 3 pm Choral Evensong. The Right Reverend Mark Hollingsworth, Jr, Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio served as Officiant and Preacher for the service and provided a wonderful sermon on the origins of the Tuning pitch “A” and 440 hz. He went on to challenge the choristers to be an “A” in everything they do in life.
This wonderful experience allowed our choristers to interact with fellow choristers from the other parishes for the day of fellowship and instruction from one of the preeminent conductors in the world.
Eric Schuette, Member St. Stephen’s, Fairview