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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.



– Spring 2023 Season –


An Afternoon with the American Songbook – Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 4:00pm 

Join American soprano, Andrea Ross and Second Church’s Minister of Music, Spencer Smith for a cabaret style show with the music of Broadway and the American Songbook. Andrea Ross is a recent winner of the American Traditions Vocal Competition and has performed with orchestras around the world. Her clear, crystalline voice caught the attention of Andrew Lloyd Weber, who was a mentor for several years. Joined with pianist Spencer Smith, this is an event you won’t want to miss!  For more information on Andrea, visit



Be Still My Soul: Lenten Meditations – Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm 

The Music Ministry of Second Presbyterian Church and The Second Church Chorale invite you to “Be Still My Soul: Lenten Meditations” to start the Lenten season with beautiful music for choral consort, chorus, organ, and more. This concert will feature the music of Josquin des Prez, Victoria, F. Melius Christiansen, Undine Smith Moore, and others woven into a beautiful tapestry of sound.



The Kingsbury Ensemble: The Oboe in Baroque Italy – Sunday, March 26, 2023 at 4:00 pm 

Join us for a reprise performance of The Kingsbury Ensemble’s concert “The Oboe in Baroque Italy”. This concert will feature Minneapolis based oboist, Curtis Foster and led by Maryse Carlin at the harpsichord. This concert paired with the beautiful architecture and acoustics of the sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church will be beautiful!  For more information on the Kingsbury Ensemble, visit



The Wee Heavies – Sunday, April 30, 2023 at 4:00 pm 

The Wee Heavies are an a cappella vocal band that sings primarily folk music from Scotland, Ireland and America. This St. Louis based ensemble combines tradition with innovation and weaves together a unique take on the songs they sing. The Wee Heavies create a sound rich in harmony with unexpected twists and an energy that has their audiences clapping, stomping and singing along. This will be a fun way to close out the Spring 2023 Couts Music Series!   For more information on The Wee Heavies, go to



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Previous Couts Programs

Aaron Copland Birthday Concert


Advent Vespers


All-Haydn Concert with choir and orchestra


Andrew Peters organ recitals


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


Jun Seo, cello and Vera Parkin, piano


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


Robert Nelson, singer


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


Second Church 175th Anniversary Concert


Seipp/Sheets Trumpet and Organ Duo


Silent Movies accompanied by Andrew Peters


St. Louis Archdiocesan Handbell Choir Concert


The Jim Dandys


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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