Music plays an important role in the worship and fellowship of Second Presbyterian Church. For many, it is our rich musical tradition that is a key part of visitor's attraction to the church.
Traditional classical sacred music is joined by other offerings as we express the cultural traditions of our congregational diversity.
Couts Music Series
The Couts Music Series brings talented musicians to Second Presbyterian for free programs as part of our outreach to the community. Music events are held on Sunday afternoons at 4:00 pm, October through April. Please click here for more information and this season's schedule.
After the children's Sacred Space time in worship, children in Kindergarten and older have the opportunity to participate in a church music class. In this time together, children explore the elements of music through singing, movement, percussion, stories and games. Their active participation enhances their growth socially, spiritually and musically. The children use their gifts and talents in serving God by sharing their music during worship.
The Adult Choir is open to college students and adults who enjoy singing and making music. This choir sings weekly at the worship service, September through May. 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 repertoire on the church's three octaves of Schulmerich Handbells.
Second Church Chorale
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 – 8:15 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 1965 Schantz Organ restored in
2012 and 2015. Learn more here.
Minister of Music
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 for more information about the music program.