Music and Choirs

If you’ve ever experienced the glorious churches in Europe — an organ concert in Paris, a carillon in London, a choir in Stuttgart, a worship service in Rome — you know the tradition of the music ministry at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. 

The congregation shares in praise with hymns related to modern concerns in the new hymnal and the enduring hymns of Christian tradition.

Special programs of alternative music add variety and entice special interest groups to worship. Youth Sunday may bring drums and guitars; stewardship focus may feature a gospel choir or jazz combo; and music for holy days such as Easter and Christmas usually includes a brass ensemble, harp and violin, or chamber group.

Singers of every age have the bonus of music education added to the joy of singing. Rehearsals for every choir include ear training; music appreciation; music history; hymnology; liturgy; sight reading; responsibility for vestments, music, and attendance—and fun!

Add in our magnificent sanctuary pipe organ and the 48-bell carillon, and you have music at Idlewild.

Barry Oliver
Director of Music Ministry
901-726-4681 ext. 12


Idlewild Choir 

The Idlewild Adult Choir’s primary role is to inspire and encourage congregational participation through strong leadership and enhancement of hymns and service music.  The choir also engages the congregation in musical dialogue through the singing of psalms and litanies. It provides musical leadership each Sunday during the 11:00 service as well as for special services and concerts throughout the year.

Choir rehearsals are 7:00-9:00 p.m. each Wednesday, with additional monthly section rehearsals. The choir is open to those in high school through adulthood. Skill level is varied. Now is a good time to join. Please contact Barry Oliver at to discuss membership in the choir.

The choir makes musical offerings each week in the form of anthems, motets and canticles. Repertoire is drawn from the broad spectrum of the Church’s musical heritage:  Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, spirituals and folk songs, as well as modern compositions. 


Music for Children

Musical activities are part of children’s Sunday school each Sunday morning. The focus is on helping children to participate more fully and meaningfully during the worship hour and the sessions are led by people who are actively involved in our music program. From time to time the children may present a song or handbell peal as a part of the 11:00 worship service.

Donia Wade is the Children's Music Leader for children in 3rd to 6th grades. 



Handbell Choir

The Handbell Choir rehearses each Sunday morning and rings for the 11:00 a.m. service, as well as special services. Requirements are a basic knowledge and love of music. Please contact David Schnell at to inquire about joining for the upcoming season.




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