- Written by Jerrode Marsh
Trinity International Concert Choir (TICC) specializes in preparing classical concerts of large sacred choral works, performed with professional orchestra and soloists. The concert choir of more than 55 members was founded by Trinity’s former Director of Music, Jerrode Marsh, and currently represents 18 different nationalities, made up of members from both Trinity Lutheran Church and many other local congregations and international organizations. The new TICC director is Michael Muche and can be reached at
One of the choir’s main goals is to actively promote intercultural understanding between German and international residents in Rhein-Main region and to intensify the musical contact among the international churches. Rehearsals are primarily in English but are often a mixture of German and English. TICC rehearses Thursday evenings from 20.00-22.00 in the sanctuary.
TICC originated from a project called “The Messiah Project,” which took root in the early spring of 2010. The primary goal of this project was to bring interested singers of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds together under the umbrella of sacred choral music. The Project culminated in two complete performances of Handel’s Messiah in the original English language on Pentecost weekend of 2011. The sold-out performance in Frankfurt’s historic Heiliggeistkirche and the professionally-filmed Wiesbaden concert, performed in the stunning Ringkirche, gave impetus to establishing the group as a long-term concert choir.
The choir is hosted by Trinity and maintains a close relationship to Trinity. However, unlike Trinity’s other music groups, it is financially self-sustaining and is not part of Trinity’s operating budget. Choir members pay yearly dues, which help cover expenses toward rent, publicity, musical leaders and so forth. The choir also relies heavily on corporate and private sponsors to help fund the costs of performance venues, and the professional orchestra and soloists. The City of Frankfurt views TICC as an important inter-cultural organization and provides regular sponsorship for concerts.
In 2012 the choir performed a concert of sacred French choral music, including Fauré’s Requiem and other works by Duruflé and Gounod. In March of 2013, the choir and orchestra performed J.S. Bach’s Johannes Passion at the Heiliggeistkirche in Frankfurt. The choir has completed an important recording project, which is on CD and features international Christmas carols sung in ten different languages and representing 14 different countries. The CD is available for purchase. Please go the choir's website listed below.
To learn more about TICC and to hear excerpts from concerts, you can visit the choir’s own website at www.ticc-frankfurt.org. NOTE: There is no audition requirement for TICC, but some musical background is necessary.