Organist and Director of Music
Cameron Upchurch was born in London and grew up in KwaZulu-Natal. He holds a Master’s Degree in Music and is a full time member of the music staff at St John’s College in Houghton. His work at Holy Trinity includes the overseeing of the music programme, which focuses principally on the celebration of the Office and Mass on a Sunday morning and on other Solemnities. He is responsible for training the Schola Cantorum, planning the music of the liturgy and preparing the weekly orders of service. Cameron also shares organ duties with the assistant organists. He can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Nel is a native of Johannesburg and matriculated from the National School for the Arts in Braamfontein. He is a third year BMus student at the University of the Witwatersrand, with organ as his principal instrument. He achieved a distinction in the Grade 8 organ examination of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and is preparing for his final year of study at university. His chief function at Holy Trinity is to accompany the Schola Cantorum at celebrations of the Office and Mass, as well as to provide appropriate music for the liturgy from the organ repertoire.
Paul Nshima hails from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He holds a Grade 8 in piano and Grade 6 in organ from Trinity College, London. He is studying part-time for a BComm degree through UNISA and also teaches music at the Lycee Francais Jules Verne in Morningside. His parish duties are to assist at the organ during liturgies as well as to participate in the activities of the Schola Cantorum.
The Holy Trinity Schola Cantorum is a group of eight regular singers that lead the singing of the Office and Mass on a weekly basis, usually on Sunday mornings. Their focus is on Gregorian chant and chant-style vernacular music. From their ranks are also drawn the cantors who sing the psalms and lead congregational singing when the full Schola is not present. Admission to the group is by audition and a firm regular commitment is expected.
During the university term the music at the Sunday evening Mass is led by a group of students. The focus of this group is on contemporary styles of liturgical music. All students are welcome to join this ensemble, which is coordinated by Ricardo da Silva SJ.