Upcoming Events for Music and Fine Arts
Martin Luther once referred to music as a "precious gift bestowed on people alone to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord." 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.