sounding light

with Tom Trenney, conductor

Making its first appearance on the Vespers Concert Series, sounding light is a chamber choir of professional singers gathered from across the country who offer uplifting performances that share a message of hope, love, and light. This program of choral works and organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach is sure to lift your spirit and restore your soul.

About sounding light


Known for its inspiring and illuminating performances, sounding light was honored with Third Place for the 2019 American Prize for the Performance of American Music in the professional ensemble division. This follows the choir’s celebrated appearance at the 2017 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Led by its founder, Tom Trenney, sounding light is committed to offering its members a spiritual and holistic approach to ensemble singing while offering its listeners a compelling and timeless experience with the choral art. Since its birth in 2003, sounding light has been privileged to sing with Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, Joseph Flummerfelt, Stacey Gibbs, Alice Parker, and William Weinert, and has premiered works by Carmen Cavallaro, David DiChiera, Stacey Gibbs, Jake Runestad, Tom Trenney, and Anne Wilson. During the 2019-20 concert season, sounding light performed concerts in Kansas, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska. For additional information or recordings, please visit


About Tom Trenney

Tom Trenney is grateful to be in his 18th season as conductor of sounding light, an ensemble he founded in 2003. Since 2009, Tom has served as Minister of Music to First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he shepherds three adult choirs, accompanies the congregation on the Lied organ, and preaches sermons. In March 2017, two of Tom’s ensembles performed at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Since 2019, Tom has served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, having held similar positions in 2018-19 at Wartburg College and Doane University. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Tom is grateful for the inspiration of his teachers and mentors– Anton Armstrong, David Davidson, Craig Hella Johnson, (Mister) Rogers, William Weinert, Anne and Todd Wilson. Visit for more information.