Music at OAPC
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”

Ephesians 3:20-21

Music Ministry at OAPC connects with the vision/mission of Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church to Love God and Love Neighbor.

Oakland Avenue Presbyterian Church offers a multi-faceted music program, with opportunities for persons of ALL ages, interests and abilities. Multiple singing, handbells, and instrumental ensembles regularly contribute to the ministry of the church.

In addition, opportunities are available those with abilities in accompanying, directing, and assisting in the music ministry. Whether you are an accomplished
musician or not, have children, or are just interested in exploring your potential, we invite you to join us in "making a joyful noise unto the Lord".

Whatever your level of interest or ability, please take time to acquaint yourself with what OAPC offers, and review the Music Ministry Brochure for additional information and a personal contact.

We look forward to working together with you.
Ed West, Head of Music Ministries




Holy COW! Children's Choirs Handbook for 2019-2020

OAPC Concert Series -- Monty Bennett Organ Concert, Music to Celebrate Martin Luther King Weekend, Sun., Jan. 17, 4:00 p.m., Virtual -- The program will consist of organ music written by Black composers from all over the world. For the Program, links to hear pieces to be included, and more information on Monty Bennett, click here. Join us through these links: 
Live Stream:

Presbyterian Association of Musicians


Music Programs

Singing Choirs

Holy COW! (Choirs On Wednesdays) Children's Choirs
Holy COW! Round-Up/Parent Orientation, 6 p.m., Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, Chapel

Part of TOW (Together On Wednesdays) Children's Choirs meet beginning with TOW gathering in Sept, and conclude with MusicFest in April

Joyful Praise Choir

Preschool - (4 years old by Sept. 1 to 1st grade) — Lisa Gallagher, Director/Children's Music Coordinator
Wednesdays 6-6:45 p.m. - Sept - April - This choir introduces children to singing and musical skills, and prepares them to be lifelong participants in worship. Singing, music, hymn learning, bible stories, and worship skills are taught through a variety of games and activities. Process, not product, is the aim.

Covenant Choir

2nd—5th Grade -- Lisa Gallagher, Dir./Children's Music Coordinator
Wednesdays 6-7 p.m.

Children grow in their understanding of vocal and musical skills, singing, hymnody, Bible, Psalms, and worship leadership skills through music. Regular participation in worship, and working together as a team is very important.

Together on Wednesdays

Both the Joyful Praise and the Covenant Choir programs are part of Together on Wednesdays at OAPC.

Chancel Choir

Adults - Ed West, Dir./Head of Music Ministries
Wednesdays 7:30-9:00. Ongoing, with a break during July.

This choir is the core of our music ministry, serving God in worship weekly. They prepare and perform the best choral music in a wide a variety of styles and traditions, as well as performing larger choral works with instrumentalists.   Membership is open to all, regardless of experience, upon interview with the director.

Instrumental Ensembles

Hand Bells

Revelation Ringers - youth and adults (some musical experience desired) -- Ed West, Dir.

Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m.- September to May

Hand bells provide unique ways to worship God. All that is required is the ability to count to four. Basic techniques through advanced techniques are explored, with an emphasis on teamwork. Pre-registration is require


Betsy Petty, Director - youth and adult band and orchestra instrumentalists (two years or more experience), rehearse Saturdays, as called - Sept. to April

This instrumental ensemble is open to all band and orchestra instrumentalists. There are small and large ensemble opportunities. The Consort participates in regular and special worship services during the year, providing preludes, offertories, and accompaniments for hymns and/or anthems.

Other Music Program Offerings


Joyful Praise Choir

Covenant Choir

Chancel Choir
Sanctuary Services

Joint Choir Functions with Other Churches

Joy Gift and Lessons and Carols


Christmas Eve Services

Music At Oakland Concert Series

OAPConsort (Instrumental Ensemble), Betsy Petty, Dir.; Jazz Ensemble -- Lyle Back, Dir.

Ash Wednesday Taize Prayer Service

Palm Sunday Joint Procession with Grace Lutheran

Revelation Ringers Handbell Choir

Vesper Service

Maundy Thursday Communion Service

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday

Outreach Programs to Westminster Towers

Hope & Healing Service


Last Published: January 11, 2021 12:37 PM