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.
Seating in the church is available with a free reservation. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 314-367-0366 and leave a message for Andrew Peters.
The concerts can also be viewed through this page.
American Organ Music
Sunday, September 19
Click here for a video of this concert. This will be available for viewing through Sunday, September 26.
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
The Second Church Chorale, conductor Andrew Peters, and two pianists present Johannes Brahms’ Love Song Waltzes, op. 52. These delightful dances were composed in 1869 to charming texts by Georg Friedrich Daumer. Additional singers are welcome to join the Chorale for this concert. Please contact the music office for further details and information.
Sunday, December 5
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 Andrew Peters 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.
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.
Programs this season will be presented both live at the church and livestreamed on the church website. People wishing to attend events in person will need to register ahead of each program to ensure that we do not exceed numbers allowed by city health guidelines. More information will be available prior to each concert through mailings to the Couts Series list and the church website.
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 Andrew Peters, Minister of Music, at 314-367-0366 or email@example.com. You may also visit secondchurch.net for updates on the series.
Previous Couts Programs
Aaron Copland Birthday Concert
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
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)
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!
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