Music and Arts

Central has a rich musical tradition, and engages in a variety of styles and genres, both in worship and as a performance venue.


The Central Choir

Consisting of both volunteer and professional singers, the Central Choir sings in worship weekly September through May.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings and all are welcome!

Rehearsals each Wednesday evening at 7:15 from September through May.  Need childcare?  Need more info?  Please contact Jennifer Anderson if you have questions, or would like more information about joining us!

September 6 – 7:15 pm. Rehearsals begin!  (And continue each Wednesday)  Free parking in the adjacent MPR lot.

September 24 Abbie Betinis, composer, and Executive Director/Co-Editor of the Justice Choir Songbook

October 8 VocalPoint joins the Central Choir for Kick-off Sunday, supporting Twin Cities R!SE!

October 11 Pop Up Classical concert co-sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio

October 15 Cabaret! Featuring “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

October 22 deVon R. Gray, composer, pianist

November 2 Ecumenical Service of Healing & Hope with the St. Paul Vocal Forum and New Day Community Voice

November 4/5 Concert in conjunction with the St. Paul Vocal Forum featuring M. Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna

December 3 TUBACHRISTMAS hosted at Central 4 pm

December 13 Pop Up Classical concert co-sponsored by Minnesota Public Radio

December 17 Traditional Nine Lessons and Carols with choir and chamber ensemble

January 21 Linda Kachelmeier, composer, conductor, vocalist

February 10/11 VocalPoint with special guests Sounds of Blackness

March TBA Presby-wide Food Drive Concert

April 22 Paul Winter’s Earth Mass for chorus, children’s choir, chamber ensemble, and sounds from nature

April 29 Ahmed Anzaldúa, pianist, conductor, Co-Editor of the Justice Choir Songbook

May 13 Jake Runestad, composer, conductor

May 20 Pentecost music celebration

Percussion Ensemble

This group of musicians gather occasionally throughout the year to play in worship.  If you have some rhythm, and want to play with us, please join us.  Contact Jennifer Anderson for more information.

Ars Nova Brass Quintet, artists-in-residence

The Ars Nova Brass Quintet was formed in 1980 when two of the original members, Dean Shea and Ehrich Koch, were attending St. John’s University. Ars Nova means “new art” or “new technique,” and is a phrase first used in 1322 to distinguish the new music of the Late Middle Ages (1310–1377). Ars Nova contrasted with the music of the immediately preceding age, known as Ars Anitiqua. Ars Antiqua was monophonic, with simple rhythms and accompaniment; Ars Nova introduced independence of rhythm and harmony to each musical line, leading to the development of greater musical expressiveness and variety, an evolution analogous to the revolutionary introduction of perspective in painting.

The Ars Nova Brass Quintet engages and entertains its audience by presenting an innovative perspective: Brass instruments are not just for marches and fanfares. The Quintet performs music of variety and expression from all time periods, styles and moods. Their repertoire includes music of the Renaissance, Classical and Romantic periods, both religious and secular, as well as gospel, jazz and ragtime.

VocalPoint, chorus-in-residence

VocalPoint (a non-profit 501 c 3), is an intense choral experience that challenges people through music to build a better world. We donate 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives. We have worked with such gifted musicians as Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Zenon Dance Company, Copper Street Brass Quintet, and Peter Mayer.

In our first six seasons, we have raised over $140,00 for  non-profit organizations (Open Arms of Minnesota, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Neighborhood House, The Advocates for Human Rights, Upstream Arts, and One Heartland.)

Audition information can be found at www.vocalpointchorus.org

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Contact Jennifer Anderson, Director of Music, at jennifera@cpcstpaul.org or ext. 103.