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Current Schedule

2021-2022 Couts Music Series


All programs are presented free of charge to the community Sundays at 4:00 pm.

Artists and programs are subject to change.

The Couts programs can also be viewed through this page.




Advent Vespers

Sunday, December 5


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Presented on the second Sunday of Advent, readings and music give those gathered in person and online an opportunity to pause and reflect during the holiday season. The Second Church Choir, the Second Church Handbell Choir, and organist David Erwin will be joined by violinist Adrian Walker. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Walker is concertmaster of the Fox Theatre Orchestra and frequently performs with the Bach Society, Masterworks Chorale, and other music and arts ensembles in St. Louis. The Vespers will feature contemplative music by Albinoni and Gounod.




Jun Seo Cello Recital

Sunday, January 30


Dr. Jun Seo plays a delightful cello recital with pianist Vera Parkin as we near the completion of  the first month of 2022. Seo began playing cello at age 13 and attended the Seoul Arts High School. Following multiple prizes, he received degrees from the New England Conservatory School of Music in Boston and the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to private teaching, he is a cello instructor at the University of Illinois Springfield and Webster University’s Community Music School. Vera Parkin maintains a full schedule as pianist in the St. Louis area and is the artistic director for the preparatory program at the Community Music School of Webster University.





Sunday, February 27


Singer Robert Nelson presents “Smile”, an afternoon of classic love songs which capture the elegance of Ellington’s Harlem jazz era, the finger snapping cool jazz of the 50’s and 60’s, and a return to jazz-inflected interpretations of soulful contemporary works. This concert offers a musical journey that is sure to make you smile. Come along and bring a friend for this unforgettable afternoon of music. Robert Nelson is an accomplished jazz singer who has earned critical acclaim for his captivating live performances.  




The Jim Dandys

Sunday, March 27


The Jim Dandys specialize in playing riverboat music and early jazz songs from 1910-1940 popularized by such musicians as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Bix Beiderbecke. The Jim Dandys features Robert Souza on trumpet, Scott Alberici on clarinet, Denny Scherrer on banjo with vocals, Mary Ann Schulte on keyboard, and Joe Schulte on tuba. Don’t miss this exciting conclusion to the 2021-2022 Couts season.





Past programs this season
American Organ Music   

Sunday, September 19

Organist Andrew Peters opens the new Couts Music Series season with a performance of American composers on the church’s Schantz pipe organ. The afternoon includes works by Aaron Copland, Barbara Harbach, Charles Ives, Florence Price, and more. Peters has served as Minister of Music at Second Presbyterian Church since 2007 and plays as ensemble organist with the St. Louis Symphony.



Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo 

Sunday, October 3

Join musicians Chuck Seipp and Randall Sheets in an afternoon of virtuosic music. Seipp, on trumpet, and Sheets, on organ and piano, are accomplished performers from Washington, D. C. Their concert includes J. S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor, excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Carnival of Venice (featuring Seipp performing on six different trumpets), and a tribute to veterans.





Second Church Chorale

Sunday, November 7
4:00 pm

The Second Church Chorale, conductor Andrew Peters, and two pianists present Johannes Brahms’ Love Song Waltzes, op. 52 and other music in an afternoon of dance music. These delightful dances were composed in 1869 to charming texts by Georg Friedrich Daumer. 






Second Presbyterian Church is pleased to announce the 13th season of the Couts Music Series. The 2021-22 schedule celebrates music’s ability to sustain, inspire, and nurture in difficult times.


Dr. Fred Couts generously supported Second Presbyterian Church and established the Fred A. and Leota Couts Music Endowment Fund to enrich the church’s music ministry. The Couts Music Series receives additional funding from individual donations. Donations can be mailed to Second Presbyterian Church marked to the attention of the Couts Music Series. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to sustain this free series for the community.


For more information about the Couts Music Series, please contact the church office at 314-367-0366 or email



Previous Couts Programs

Aaron Copland Birthday Concert


Advent Vespers


All-Haydn Concert with choir and orchestra


Andrew Peters organ recital


Angel Riley, soprano with Andrew Peters, piano and organ


Arianna String Quartet


Bach Society of Saint Louis Young Artists


Brian Owens Duo


Bosman Twins


Carolbeth True Jazz Quartet


Charlene Clarke, violin and Deborah Bloom, piano from the St. Louis Symphony


Chanson du Soir (Chelsea Camille, soprano and David Isaacs, guitar)


Collegium Vocale


Cornet Chop Suey


Cortango Orquesta from the St. Louis Symphony


Courtney Loveless Jazz Concert


Dawn Weber Trio


Doane College Choir


Douglas Cleveland organ recital


Duruflé Concert with the Choirs of Ladue Chapel and Second Church


Earth Day Hymn Festival with Susan Slaughter and the Monarch Brass


Eastertide Vespers featuring music of English composers


Equinox Chamber Ensemble


Faythe Freese organ recital


Festival of Ralph Vaughan Williams with the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral Choir and Second Church


Gateway Ringers Handbell Choir


Greenville University Choir


Handel’s Dettington Te Deum with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra



Jennifer Nitchman, flute and W. Mark Akin, guitar


Le Jazz Hot!


Legend Singers


Lent Concert with Derek Dahlke, tenor and Andrew Peters, accompanist


Lincoln University Choir


Love Songs Concert with Cole Seaton, tenor and Andrew Peters, pianist


Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time performed by members of St. Louis Symphony


Noteworthy Duo (Lisa Schroeder, flute and Michael Nigro, guitar)


Organ Plus with Jennifer Gartley, flute, Hannah Fry, violin, Megan Stout, harp, and Andrew Peters, organ


Part I of Edward Elgar’s The Apostles with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra


Perseid String Quartet


Peter Henderson piano recital


Schubert’s G Major Mass with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra


Second Church 175th Anniversary Concert


Silent Movies accompanied by Andrew Peters


St. Louis Archdiocesan Handbell Choir Concert


Thomas and Tricia Jostlein horn concert with organist Andrew Peters and tenor Derek Dahlke


Todd Wilson Organ Concert


Two Times True with Kim Fuller


Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem with the Second Church Chorale and Orchestra


Veterans Day Concert with patriotic hymns, readings, and music of Fauré


Vitali String Quartet


W. Mark Akin, Guitar Concert


Windows Concert with music highlighting the Tiffany windows in the Sanctuary


Yael Handelman, soprano with Andrew Peters, piano


Yunji Shim Voice Recital









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