Youth Music and Fine Arts

The Youth Music and Fine Arts Ministry offers students in grades 6-12 opportunities to serve God by developing and sharing their musical and artistic talents. Whether you sing, play an instrument, or express your faith through the visual arts, there is a place for you at Second Presbyterian that encourages and nurtures spiritual and artistic growth.

Edson Choir
Grades 6-12

Edson Choir

Singers in the Edson Youth Choir develop a higher level of vocal technique, and may prepare advanced choral repertoire, including major sacred works by great composers. Collegiate Choral Scholars may also participate in rehearsals and services to serve as musical, spiritual and social mentors. Members of the Edson Youth Choir may also present musical offerings on or off-site, throughout the Indianapolis community and on choir tours. Edson Youth Choir rehearses on select Wednesday evenings throughout the year.

About Dr. Hanford A. Edson

Youth Music Solos
8:15 a.m. worship in Milner Chapel

Youth Music Solos 

Frequently throughout the year, advanced youth singers and instrumentalists will be given the opportunity to sing or play Preludes and/or Offertories at the Sunday 8:15 a.m. services in Milner Chapel. For more information, contact Dr. John Allegar.

Second Winds
Intergenerational Youth and Adult Wind Ensemble

Second Winds

All youth and adults who have completed at least three years of study on wind, brass or percussion instruments are eligible and encouraged to become part of Second Winds, a symphony wind ensemble comprised solely of volunteers from the Second Presbyterian community. Second Winds plays three to four services during the year and rehearses Wednesdays, 8:15-9:15 p.m. This ensemble is a great opportunity for youth and adults to work together to create beautiful music, enjoy fellowship and use their gifts and talents to glorify God. For more information, contact the Music & Fine Arts Office.

Grades 8-12


The Handbell Ensemble rehearses weekly for an hour and plays in worship services monthly. Moderate music-reading ability is helpful and a sense of rhythm and coordination important. No audition is required. The 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

Parent Resources
Staff, Volunteer Information, Handbook, Calendar, Mission

Parent Resources

Choir School Staff

  • CHERUB CHOIR - Carol Baker, Cherub Choir Director & Thomas Ristine, Accompanist
  • CHORISTERS - Terion Cooper, Choristers Director & Eunice Tong, Accompanist
  • CAROL CHOIR - Erin Quandt, Carol Choir Director & Karen Ristine & Renata Trager, Accompanists 
  • View Music Staff Photos & Biographies: Click here to view


Adult volunteers provide invaluable assistance during Children’s Choir School classes. Duties include escorting children from Sanctuary to classrooms, recording attendance, distributing and collecting materials, helping children with any personal issues that arise during rehearsal, and assisting with robing and processing on worship Sundays.

To maintain a healthy, safe environment, we require all volunteers to complete the Volunteer Approval Process. To learn more, contact Carol Baker.

Thank you for your cooperation and participation!

Choir School HandbookDownload pdf

2017 Spring Calendar Download pdf

Children and Youth Music Mission

The mission of the music program for Children and Youth is to develop:

  1. The God-given talents of all children and youth;
  2. The use of talents in service of God;
  3. The understanding of a creative God through personal creative expression;
  4. The skills of music fundamentals and ensemble techniques;
  5. Tradition through learning of scripture, sacrament, doctrine and history;
  6. Teamwork, fellowship and positive relationships (peer-to-peer and inter-generational);
  7. The engagement of the community through outreach programs.