Music at Central 

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


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Central is pleased to premier a new hymn by our composer-in-residence, Abbie Betinis - commissioned by Central Presbyterian Church in celebration of this season of rebirth.

a COnversation with abbie betinis

Learn more about our Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis, as she offers insight into her process, influence and inspiration. 

sticks and steel group for youth

Join us for a fun music experience with this percussion and bell group for children and youth grades 3 - 8.

Upcoming Music Events


October 13: Come and learn about our 2020 Beneficiary Organization on VocalPoint Sunday!


October 27: This year we invite you to come and enjoy The Sound of Music! This fun, semi-staged production features our Central Choir, children’s choir and chamber "pit” orchestra!

Rehearsals for Children/youth grades 3 and up:

  • Wednesday evenings Oct. 9 and 16 at 6:30 pm (45 minutes), and Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7:15 p.m. (90 minutes)

  • Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 27th. Show is at noon that day!

 Rehearsals for All Kids, all ages:

  • Rehearsals will take place on Sunday mornings during singing time (at 10:00 a.m.) on Oct. 13 and Oct. 20

  • Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 27th. Show is at noon that day!

 Rehearsals for Adults:

  • Wednesday evenings, starting October 2 at 7:15 p.m.

  • Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on Oct. 27th. Show is at noon that day!

Schubert Club

Thursday, December 19 at 7 pm: Schubert Club and Central Presbyterian present: Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers, curated by Abbie Betinis, with special guests artists and the Central Choir.

Lessons and Carols

December 22: Don’t miss this musical and seasonal highlight here at Central during 10:30 a.m. worship

World Premier

March 29: Join us for the world-premier of the choral work To Know the Path by composer Linda Kachelmeier.

Justice Choir

April 26: On Justice Choir Sunday EVERYONE is part of the choir! All are welcome before worship to learn the songs and then be our musical leaders in the service.

Get Involved

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Bell Ensemble

This is an ensemble for adults and high school youth who have music reading skills and can play independently. This group will experiment with sounds and timbres and use repertoire that stretches the limits of what we think of as “bell choir music.” Come and experiment with us! Rehearsals are Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m.

The Central Choir
An SATB adult choir that sings in worship nearly every week, September – May. While reading music isn’t required, this choir moves quickly, learns a lot of repertoire, and throughout the year sings some challenging music, often highlighting the work of local composers! Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. We sing most Sundays, gathering at 9:30 a.m. for warm-ups and rehearsal.

Sticks and Steel
Percussion Ensemble

Our percussion ensembles for grades 3 – 5 (Sticks and Steel 1) and grades 6 – 12 (Sticks and Steel 2), with an emphasis on discovering the unique sounds of hand chimes, bells, marimba, hand drums, and other percussion.

Children' Choir
Sunday School involves a time of singing for all our children. Throughout the year, they share the songs they have learned in worship and, occasionally sing with Central Choir and for other special events like Cabaret.

Central Chamber Ensemble
Open to adults and youth (grade 8 and up) who play traditional band/orchestra instruments for at least 3 years. We rehearse after worship for 30 minutes and play in worship about once per month..

Guest Musicians
Central offers a diverse music program during worship Sundays and frequently welcomes guest musicians and singers to be a part.

VocalPoint raises money for area non-profit organizations through benefit concerts. Auditions for this annual benefit concert choir are held each fall. Learn more here.



Mark your calendars now for Cabaret: The Sound of Music after church on Sunday, October 27. This fun, semi-staged musical production features our children, choir, and chamber “pit” orchestra!  We need singers and stage help.  For more information, visit the Cabaret page.  



In eight seasons, VocalPoint has raised nearly $200,000 for eight incredible organizations!

Learn more about past beneficiaries here.

Applications are now being accepted for our 2020 year! For more information, visit the VocalPoint website.

What is VocalPoint?

VocalPoint is an auditioned choir of about 80 members led by Artistic Director, Jennifer Anderson with annual concerts each year at Central.  VocalPoint uses the power of people, art, and collaboration to tell the stories of organizations doing life-changing work.  They shine a spotlight on important issues such as youth homelessness, the immigrant experience, and sex trafficking.  They give 100% of performance-driven donations to a worthy cause that will make a dramatic impact in everyday lives.  Music collaborations have included Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Copper Street Brass QuintetPeter Mayer, and the three-time Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness

2019 concerts raised $24,234.66!

This year’s benefit concerts supported the work of the Walk-In Counseling Center.  This program provides free mental health counseling to help thousands address issues that include depression, anxiety, chemical dependency, domestic violence and others.  Their mission is to provide free, easily accessible mental health counseling to people with urgent needs and few service options.

Be a part of future events!

If you are interested in joining VocalPoint, like VocalPoint on Facebook or visit their website for the latest updates.

See photos from the 2019 concert

  • Visit our photo sharing website here to see and download photographs from our latest concerts. Be sure to check back, more are being added!