Music at Central 

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



It has been a busy summer and back-to-school means back-to-music as well at Central with an exciting new year upon us!

Songs of the Season

Named “most imaginative classical holiday program” by the Star Tribune, the Schubert Club’s annual program of winter songs and carols by more than a dozen Minnesota composers and songwriters comes to Central on December 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Welcome adam, tenor section leader

Adam Van der Sluis is excited to return to Central Presbyterian as the tenor section leader. Adam is moving back to the Twin Cities after 6 years living in Boston, MA where he worked as an educator. 

New composer-in- residence!

The Worship, Music, and Arts Committee, along with the Session and staff, is proud to announce that we have hired Abbie Betinis as our composer-in-residence for 2018-2019!

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Upcoming Events

November 4
Special music from the Central Choir for All Saints Day with Karen Hanson joining worship on Clarinet. (Learn about Karen here.)

November 8
VocalPoint auditions. (Learn more here)

November 11
Music from three ensembles featured in worship, including Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis and the Ars Nova Brass Quintet. VocalPoint auditions continue. (Learn more here)

November 18
Central Choir sings in worship.

November 25
To be announced.



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


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 collaborationshave included Maria Jette, Jearlyn Steele, Copper Street Brass QuintetPeter Mayer, and the three-time Grammy-winning Sounds of Blackness

2019 beneficiary announced

VocalPoint has announced that its season 8 beneficiary will be 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.

In 2017 alone, Walk-In Counseling Center:

  • Served 2,648 individuals: men, women, and young people (unduplicated)

  • Provided 6,853 free formal counseling sessions

  • Engaged 165 volunteer counselors, team consultants and receptionists who gave, very conservatively, 18,000 hours of service (e.g., counseling, case consultation, outreach and administrative assistance).

VocalPoint has invited singer/songwriter Sara Thomsen to help tell the story of how we can hold space for others and when we need to listen without judgement.


Be a part of the 2019 event!

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

Mark your calendar!

  • Thursday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 11
    Auditions (Learn more on the VocalPoint website)

  • Sunday, November 18:   Field Trip to the Science Museum                After worship, stay for Third Sunday Lunch and then as a group we will walk over (or carpool) to the Science Museum of Minnesota for their exhibit:  Mental Health:  Mind Matters. this groundbreaking exhibition aims to build a greater understanding of the importance of mental health and create a safe space for important conversations about mental illness. Hands-on experiences throughout the Mental Health: Mind Matters exhibit bring you closer to the facts, feelings, and issues surrounding this topic that touches so many of our lives. Cost is $19 per adult (less for children and seniors, less if we have a group of 15 or more). Scholarships are available.

  • Sunday, Jan. 6
    Rehearsals begin; 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10
    Concerts at 4 p.m.




Get Involved

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.  

Children' Choir
Children's choir opportunities are offered during select events throughout the year.  Watch the worship bulletin for opportunities or speak with Jennifer Anderson to learn more.

Audition for this annual benefit concert choir are November 8 and 11.  (See above for details).

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