Music plays an important role in the worship and fellowship of Second Presbyterian and for many, it is our rich musical tradition that is a key part of their attraction to the church. Traditional classical sacred music at Second is joined by occasional jazz and gospel offerings as we express the cultural traditions of our growing congregational diversity.
The Couts Music Series brings talented musicians to Second Presbyterian for free performances as part of our outreach to the community. Learn More
The Adult Choir is open to college students and adults who enjoy singing and making music. This choir sings weekly at the worship service. They lead the congregation in the singing of hymns and add anthems that are a traditional part of the language of the Christian faith. We rehearse in the Choir Room on Wednesdays from 7:15 – 9:15 pm. New members are always welcome to join this musical community!
The Handbell Choir is a multi-age ensemble that plays in worship approximately once a month. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings rom 6:15 – 7:00 pm in the Handbell Room. The Handbell Choir rehearses a variety of repetoire on the church's three octaves of Schulmerich Handbells.
The Chorale is open to high school students, college students, and adults in the community who wish to sing an extended choral work with orchestra. The rehearsal schedule varies based on the final concert and take place Wednesdays in the Choir Room from 7:15 – 8:20 pm approximately 10 weeks before the concert. The Chorale has performed works of J.S. Bach, Durufle, Haydn, Schubert, Vaughan Williams and much more.
Second Presbyterian is the proud steward of a Schantz Organ circa 1965, which was recently restored. Learn More
Organist and conductor Andrew Peters serves as organist and minister of music at Second Presbyterian. He directs the choral groups and handbell choir, plays the church's restored 1965 Schantz organ, and oversees the church's Couts Music Series as artistic director. He plays with the St. Louis Symphony as ensemble organist and is assistant conductor of the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis. Peters holds degrees from St. Olaf College and the Cleveland Institute of Music. His congregational hymn settings for brass and organ are published by MorningStar Music. He and his family live in the city of St. Louis.
Contact him with any questions about music at Second.