Trinity Church Asbury Park welcomes new musical director Dr Deborah Simpkin King

ASBURY PARK, NJ – Trinity Church in Asbury Park, NJ will welcome the arrival of the new parish director of music and arts, Deborah Simpkin King, Ph.D, on Sunday January 9. Dr King is a visionary conductor, new music advocate and master teacher. She plays an active role in the vibrant New York and New Jersey choral scene and serves the national and international music community through her guest conducting and all of her published works. As Director of Music and the Arts, Dr King will play the church’s historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, conduct the Trinity Choir, oversee parish music programs, and make musical and artistic connections between the church and its Creative Jersey Shore community.

Along with his call to Trinity Church, Dr King is the conductor of the semi-professional ensemble Ember and the founding artistic director of Ember Choral Arts. Thanks to PROJECT: ENCORE (which she founded), Dr King is at the forefront of the new music industry, working with composers to find post-premiere performances and performing many premieres herself. Dr King is also president of the New York Choral Consortium, advisor to the High School Choral Festival of the American Choral Directors’ Association of New Jersey, monthly columnist for the ACDA Choral Journal National, host of the public radio show Sounds Choral ; and guest conductor at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival.

During his call to Trinity, Dr King commented: “As a long-time bishop who strongly believes in gospel-based social activism, I feel like I have come home accepting. this call to Trinity Church. Bro. Chase identifies the arts as one of the three pillars of Trinity’s missionary work, and this opens the door to ministry through the arts that can impact life in ways that complement that of the spoken word. I couldn’t be more excited!

Reverend Chase Danford, Priest at Trinity, said: “We are delighted that Deborah has accepted the call to become Trinity’s Music and Arts Director. She and I share a vision to create a vibrant music program for all ages at Trinity, starting with our adult choir and then working to develop choral programs for youth and children. At Trinity, people find a connection with God and with one another through a variety of entry points: spiritual offerings, social justice programs, and the arts. With Deborah’s visionary leadership, we are ready to move to a new level of engagement with music and the arts, both in our parish and in the community. When I read her resume, I was obviously impressed, but when she told me how she brought music into conversation with social justice through her programs at Ember Choral Arts, I knew she would be a perfect fit for Trinity.

The Trinity Choir will be accepting new members in January, and those interested are encouraged to meet Dr. King on Sunday afternoon, January 9 and participate in a sample rehearsal. Father Danford remarks: “If you enjoy singing with a band, whether it’s classic Anglican hymns or new choral works, this is an incredible opportunity to work with a master teacher. For more details on this rehearsal as they emerge, follow the announcements on our Facebook page, check out our website (, or contact Dr King directly at [email protected]


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About Trinity Church Asbury Park
Trinity Church, an Episcopal Parish, is a house of prayer and sanctuary for all, located in Asbury Park, NJ. At Trinity, we strive to share the unconditional love of God with our entire community through spirituality, social justice and the arts. Founded in 1875, our church is historic and many of our traditions are timeless, but we also take an inclusive view of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the world today.

In addition to worship and religious education, we have a weekly pantry on Tuesdays with healthy and fresh groceries; a hot and balanced breakfast at our community Saturday soup meal; a 24/7 emergency pantry in the parking lot; the Racial Justice Project, which highlights the white supremacist story of Asbury Park and our own church, as well as the defense of fairness in the present; the Pride Committee, which organizes special services for Pride Sunday, National Coming Out Day and Transgender Day of Remembrance; the Women’s Hospitality Network, in which we partner with neighboring churches to support homeless women; and our radical new wellness program, a holistic model of supporting and advocating for affordable housing, social services, financial literacy and empowerment resources, job training and job interviewing and recovery mentoring. Increasingly, we are also becoming a center for the arts, from our permanent installation of contemporary Stations of the Cross by local artists, to our collaboration with the Asbury-based Light Brigade Collective to host performances by performing and visual artists. local and regional. These events are alcohol-free, suitable for all ages, and donation-based, with proceeds going to local community organizations.

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