Trinity United Methodist Church has sponsored The Candlelight Concert Series for the past 15 years. Our venue is hosted in our sanctuary on the 4th Thursday of each month (3rd Thursday, November & December). Trinity UMC is the oldest church in the Port Townsend area, established in 1854 and built in 1871. We are located in the “uptown” area of Port Townsend on Taylor Street. Although a smaller congregation, our music program thrives. The church is fortunate to have two wonderful organs: a 1902 Mudler Tracker Pipe Organ (Romantic style) as well as an 18th century (emulation) of a Silbermann Baroque style Pipe Organ. In addition we have a superb Czechoslovakian Petrof Grand Piano that can be used to accompany our performing artists. Our sanctuary is ideal for concerts ranging up to 150 attendees. Our performers have given us many compliments regarding our superb acoustics – both vocal and instrument performances.
The Candlelight Concert Series actually began due to a desperate need. On Wednesday, February 28th, 2001 (Ash Wednesday) at 10:54am the Nisqually Earthquake (6.8 magnitude) rattled the Puget Sound region. Trinity’s 130 year old structure on that date was literally shaken off its foundation with the Bell Tower leaning precariously over Taylor Street which closed that section of Taylor for several weeks. The resulting repair estimates were well over $50,000, which required that the church be jacked up off its foundation to insert several steel I-Beams. In an effort to raise funds, the Candlelight Concert Series was inaugurated. After all of the repair was completed, Trinity members discovered that there was a real need for a venue that showcased our local area musicians – and it continues to thrive to this day!
Our goal with Candlelight Concerts is to provide a venue for local and surrounding area musical artists. We try to concentrate on aspiring youth but we also host mature groups and individuals that are interested in performing in a benefit style concert. Our performers range from coloratura sopranos, string quartets, jazz & blues quartets, as well as choral groups of all sizes. Our programs range in length from an hour to an hour and a half, as requested by the artist. We can arrange for a short “standing” intermission. Following each concert we host a reception with refreshments and we can provide an area for promotional literature and CDs if the performers wish to sell them. Our admission is by donation only (suggested $10, children free) with the proceeds from our concerts going to local charitable organizations (e.g., Dove House, Gathering Place, Jumping Mouse Children’s Center, etc.) as well as the Trinity’s own Victorian restoration program of our now 145 year old historic structure. For our performing artists, we often solicit a charitable organization of their choosing.