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Music at Highland

Highland has a wonderful, vibrant music ministry with opportunities for all ages to make a joyful noise to the Lord with voices and instruments.

Highland Choir

Highland Choir provides music each week for the 11:00 service and alternating weeks at the 8:30 service, performing a variety of styles ranging from spirituals to classical masterworks, sometimes with guest orchestral musicians.  This all-ages choir rehearses Thursday evenings 7:30 - 8:45 PM, with a lighter schedule in the summers.  Contact interim Music Director Jo Anne Swartz to join them.

Connection Praise Band

Our Praise Band leads music at our 8:45 AM contemporary service, The Connection, in Bradley Hall.  They rehearse at 7:30 PM on Wednesdays in Bradley Hall year-round.  Interested singers or instrumentalists should contact Interim Worship Leader, Don Templeton.

Children's Choirs

Highland’s Children’s Choirs are for all children ages 3 through 5th grade who enjoy singing, playing musical games and rhythm instruments, fellowship with others their age, and providing a music ministry to others both inside and outside the church.   Children do not need to be a member of the church to participate.  All rehearsals are on Wednesdays from September until May.   Contact our children's choir director, Jo Anne Swartz for more information.

Cherub Choir
Ages 3 - pre-K - Choir Room
4:45-5:15 pm

Chorister Choir
Grades K - 5 - Choir Room
5:15-5:45 pm


With our HUMRingers handbell choir, experienced adult and senior-high youth ring once each month in worship services during the school year, typically at the 11:00 service.  This choir also plays at handbell festivals, community events, and an annual Christmas concert at the NC Correctional Institute for Women.  They also provide worship music for small churches without a handbell program once each year in the spring.  They utilize five octaves of Malmark handbells and five octaves of Malmark handchimes.  Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 7:45 PM in the Handbell Room on the second floor above Bradley Hall.  Anyone interested in joining handbells should contact director Ann Pearce.

Bells Alive

Bells Alive is an informal session for novice handbell ringers of high school age and older, to learn about ringing and to experience the thrill of making music together.  They meet Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 PM in the Handbell Room on the second floor above Bradley Hall.  Anyone interested should contact director Ann Pearce.

Highland Winds

For youth and adults, this ensemble combines brass, woodwinds, and strings and provides instrumental music approximately five times a year, sometimes accompanying singing groups.   The group rehearses on Sundays at 4:15 PM in the Sanctuary.  Contact director Jo Anne Swartz to participate.