Music and Choir
“Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.” Psalm 95:2
Music is an important component of our praise to the Lord and considered an act of worship. The fellowship of choirs at Central Presbyterian Church welcome all who are interested in praising God through music to participate in our music ministries.
The Chancel Choir is for high school students and adults. Under the direction of Michael Bailey, they sing during the 11:00 am worship service and other special services during the year. The choir is accompanied by Randy Arey on the Austin Opus 809 Organ, and a beautiful Steinway model B 7-foot Grand Piano. Various other musicians accompany or solo throughout the year. They meet on Wednesday evenings at 7:15 PM (except the month of July) in the sanctuary for rehearsal.
The Joyful Singers are 2nd-5th graders learning the basics of choir singing, music reading/direction. Under the direction of Winnie O’Donnell, they participate on various occasions during worship services. They meet for practice on Wednesday evenings during the school year in the Music Room in the undercroft . Please click here for the current schedule.
Toddler Music Class is for preschoolers. After the Sunday school lesson each Sunday, the toddlers go next door to Ms. Winnie for singing and rhythm instrument play from 10:15-10:30am during the school year. They love their time with Ms. Winnie!
The Jubilate Ringers is an adult handbell choir. Under the direction of Winnie O’Donnell, they participate periodically in the worship services and in special programs in the community during the Christmas season. The ringers meet on Monday evenings at 6:30pm in the Music/Bell Room in the church undercroft for rehearsal.
The Jubilance Ringers is a youth (ages 12 and up) handbell/chimes choir. Under the direction of Winnie O’Donnell, they participate periodically in the worship services as well as Youth Sunday. The ringers meet for practice on Sunday mornings from 10:30-11:00am in the Music/Bell Room in the undercroft for rehearsal during the school year.
Beginner Hand Bells, under the direction of Winnie O’Donnell, are for children 2nd-5th grade who are able to handle the weight of the bells and begin to read music. They occasionally will perform as part of the Sunday Worship Service. They meet on Wednesday nights during the school year. Please click here for the current schedule.
The Chimers are children ages 5 and up just beginning to play hand chimes. Under the direction of Winnie O’Donnell, they learn the basics of hand chime ringing and music reading/direction and participate at various occasions during worship services. They meet for practice on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am during the school year in the Music/Bell Room in the undercroft.
Central Arts Concerts
Central Presbyterian Church offers periodic free concerts to the community approximately. Previous concerts have featured local artists such as Christina Harmon, organist at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, Tena Hehn, organist at Oak Cliff Presbyterian Church, as well as our own Randy Arey, all on our Austin Opus 809 Organ. Other concerts have featured the youth choir from Highland Park Presbyterian Church, Kerri Arista, the Dallas Praise Jazz Orchestra, to name a few.
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble”. Psalm 59:16