Children’s and Youth Music
Second Presbyterian Church Children’s and Youth Choirs nurture children ages 3 through 12th grade by offering cohesive music and worship educational programming that captures both their mind and spirit. Our goal is two-fold: instruct children and youth in the essentials of music and artistry and develop the future worshippers of Christ in His church. In the process, they become leaders in congregational worship, develop their voices for a lifetime of singing, and practice a “stewardship” of their beautiful talents in God’s service.
All choirs meet on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. A church-wide dinner is offered as part of the Wednesdays Together weekly gathering. Reservations are required – simply email Chelsea at firstname.lastname@example.org> by noon each Monday. Suggested donation is $5 per person/$15 family cap.
Cherub Choir (ages 3&4*)
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Directors: Paula Roberts and Laura Atkinson
(*Age 4 by August 1)
Cherub Choir is made up of our youngest singers and is primarily a preparatory group rather than a performing ensemble. While actual Sunday morning responsibilities as a choir are minimal, these children begin to learn about worship and what is expected when they sing in worship. The musical emphases for the year include finding the singing voice and discovering the beauty in the voice of each child. Movement and use of simple rhythm instruments with an improvisatory focus round out the rehearsal time.
Carol Choir (ages 5-6, K-1st*)
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. (Studio2 included)
Directors: Ricky Case and Krista Heckmann
(*Age 5 by August 1)
Carol Choir members are at an age where they are ready to begin a slightly more regular pattern of participating as a choir in worship. The musical focus is on finding the singing voice, increasing the singing range, and learning to match pitch. Music literacy readiness activities create an enthusiasm for future musical growth. Movement and use of simple percussion instruments, such as Orff, are used with the choir. Carol Choir begins singing anthems specifically written for children, and will present music independently or with other Choirs 4 to 5 times a year.
Chapel Choir (grades 2-5th*)
Wednesdays, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (Studio2 included)
Director: Christina Recktenwald; Brittany Carwile, assistant
Chapel Choir members participate as a choir in worship more regularly. There is more challenging work for growing musicians, especially as voices are at a high level of treble development before voice change begins. Choristers enjoy hymn study, music theory and ear training, as well as develop more skills with instruments, including recorders and percussion. Chapel Choir will also use their hearts, voices and hands as they take their music beyond the walls of the church to an area mature living facility in December. They will sing independently, or with other ensembles regularly through the year.
Each choir participates weekly in this fun exploration of different instruments and musical experiences led by a professional instructor. Areas included are: World Drumming, Orff Instruments, Handbells/chimes, Movement.
CANTUS Youth Choir
For students in grades 6 through 12. Meets Sundays, 12:00 - 1:00pm (after 10:50am service)
Jim Rittenhouse, director; Ricky Case assistant.
Students in middle and high school continue to expand their training in music reading, and concentrate on using the voice in advanced ways to interpret a variety of choral styles - contemporary church anthems, settings of the hymns of our faith, spirituals, service music, and classical music. Youth Choir sings in worship independently and with other choirs 4-6 times each year. In 2019/20, the choir will take part in mission activities, the church-wide Talent Show, and a mini-tour. A light lunch is arranged by parents and leaders each week at 12 p.m. Rehearsals conclude at 1pm.
For more information about Youth Choir, please contact:
Jim Rittenhouse, Director of Music Ministries
502-895-3483 ext 212