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Music & Fine Arts

In its belief that music is an integral part of worship, Second Presbyterian maintains a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. The church was founded in 1838 by Henry Ward Beecher, the foremost American preacher of the 19th century. At its founding, Rev. Beecher beseeched his musician brother Charles to organize a choir to provide music for Sunday worship and civic occasions. From its inception, then, Second Presbyterian has forged a strong link between excellence in preaching and excellence in music and has perceived its choir as a regional musical organization.

Under the leadership of Dr. Michelle Louer, Director of Music and Fine Arts, and the Directors of the Youth and Children's Choirs, the music program of Second Presbyterian is vibrant and active, with ministries for all ages, from four-year-olds through adults. Vocal ensembles include nine choirs: The Sanctuary Choir, the Beecher Singers, the Summer Choir, the Men's Ensemble, the Women's Ensemble and a graded Choir School program consisting of four choirs: the Cherub Choir (ages 4 through kindergarten), Choristers (first and second grade), the Carol Choir (third through fifth grade) and the Edson Youth Choir (sixth through twelfth grade).

Instrumental ensembles include a professional orchestra, a professional brass/percussion ensemble, an Inter-generational Youth and Adult Wind Ensemble, a Handbell Ensemble, and a Jazz Trio founded by Jack Gilfoy, which performs twice per month at Second at Six, Second Presbyterian’s casual Sunday evening service.

Adult Choral Ensembles

Adult Choral Ensembles

Sanctuary Choir

This adult ensemble provides musical leadership for the 9:30 and 11 a.m. worship services. Anyone with a love of singing is invited to participate. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. Some ability to read music is recommended.


Beecher Singers

The Beecher Singers is a chamber ensemble that sings primarily at Second@Six evening services. Interested singers can audition to join the ensemble. Fluent vocal abilities and strong musical skills are recommended.


Summer Choir

The Summer Choir provides musical leadership for 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday worship services from May through Labor Day. The Summer Choir is designed to accommodate variable summer schedules and to encourage participation by anyone who wants to sing with the choir on a short-term basis. Members may sing as often as they wish. Opportunities to sing offertory solos are available for those that are interested.


Women's Ensemble

The Women’s Ensemble participates in selected worship services and special events throughout the year. It is open to women of high school age and beyond, and no prior musical experience is required.

 


Men's Ensemble

The Men’s Ensemble participates in selected worship services and special events throughout the year. It is open to men of high school age and beyond, and no prior musical experience is required.

 


Instrumental Ensembles

Instrumental Ensembles

Festival Orchestra

This professional orchestra draws on members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, as well as other area professional organizations. It performs for special concerts and performances in addition to enhancing festival worship services. 


Handbell Ensemble

The Handbell Ensemble rehearses weekly for an hour and plays in morning worship services monthly. Moderate music-reading ability is helpful and a sense of rhythm and coordination important. No audition is required. The Handbell Ensemble is open to eighth grade students and older. Successful handbell choirs always have a sense of group spirit and mutual support with regular attendance at rehearsals crucial.

The Ensemble is pleased to play on a 5-octave set of Malmark handbells.

For more information, contact the Music & Fine Arts Office:
317/253-6461, x.309; MFA@SecondChurch.org


The Jazz Trio

The Jazz Trio is a renowned jazz performance group that leads worship frequently at the Second @ Six service. The trio is comprised of the formidable skill and talent of musicians Gary Walters (piano), Chris Pyle (drums), and Steve Dokken (bass guitar), and is regularly joined by vocalist Erin Benedict.

 

 

 


Festival Brass

The Brass Ensemble draws on members of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, as well as other area professional organizations. It performs with the Sanctuary Choir at special worship services and events.


Advisory Team
Youth and Children's Music

Youth and Children's Advisory Team

Adult/Parent Volunteers

  • Natalie Auberry
  • Taryn Bolton
  • Katherine Brundage
  • Katrina Getts
  • Marcy Haboush
  • Corine Hollins
  • Laura Miller
  • Matt and Meredith Miller
  • Kevin Trager

Staff

  • Kristofer Sanchack: Director of Youth and Children's Music; Director of Cherub Choir and Edson Youth Choir
  • Erin Quandt: Director of Carol Choir and Music for Families@Five
  • Terion Cooper: Director of Choristers Tom Ristine: Cherub Choir Accompanist
  • Abagail Egenolf: Choristers Accompanist Constance Martin: Carol Choir Accompanist
  • Sean Manterfield: Edson Youth Choir Accompanist

The Youth and Children's Choirs benefit from the wise counsel of the Youth and Children's Music Advisory Team. If you are interested in serving on this team, please contact Kristofer Sanchack, Director of Youth and Children's Music, at KSanchack@SecondChurch.org.