Music

Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church maintains a long-standing tradition of musical excellence. Under the leadership of our Minister of Music, Don Brenneman, the music program is vibrant and active, with ministries for four-year-olds through adults.

Sunday Music

On Sunday worship services, you will find that music is an integral part of worship. After all, Martin Luther once referred to music as a precious gift bestowed on people alone to remind them that they are created to praise and magnify the Lord.

At our Classic Services in the Sanctuary, you will enjoy traditional hymns performed by our own organist Alicia McMillan, pianist Bryan Verhoye, and the New Covenant Choir. The Worship Band also performs twice a month with Bryan, Alicia, and the New Covenant Choir to play contemporary hymn arrangements. Some Sundays, Ringers ReJOYce!, the children's and youth choirs also perform.

At the Café Worship Service in the Chapel on Sundays at 9:45 a.m., the Café Worship Band plays inspiring, contemporary songs from some of today's top Christian artists. The worship team is led by RO Smith and consists of a dedicated team of musicians on rotation, which changes from week to week.

New Covenant Choir

The New Covenant Choir performs at the 8:30 a.m. service each Sunday. For Easter and Christmas programs, our music ministry is accompanied by members of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. In addition, the choir has extended its music ministry with nine tours to European countries! For more information, contact Don Brenneman:

Ringers ReJOYce!

Founded May 1974, the Ringers ReJOYce! English Handbell Ensemble has performed at various venues throughout the San Diego area. Most often, they participate to enhance the Sunday morning worship services and other events at the Point Loma Community Presbyterian Church, all to the glory of God. They have 5 octaves of Schulmerich hand bells and 3 octaves of hand chimes. Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings. For more information or to get involved, contact Ann Simoneau,

Christmas Concerts

Join us each year for our annual grand Christmas Concerts for the Community. This spectacular event brings together the New Covenant Choir and our Children's and Youth Choirs, who are joined by members of the San Diego Symphony. Featuring our own organist Alicia McMillan, pianist Bryan Verhoye, and select solo performances, the evening is filled with favorite carols and orchestral works, all with Music Director Don Brenneman conducting. The internationally acclaimed Ringers ReJOYce! English Handbell Ensemble also join in the merriment, directed by Ann Simoneau. Check our website each November for details.

Children & youth choirs

Contact: Alicia McMillan, Director of Children and Youth Choirs

CHERUB CHOIR

Cherub Choir is for 4-year-olds through 1st graders. This choir rehearses on Thursdays in the choir room at 4:00-4:50 p.m. (While not required, many of these children also attend Kid's Club after choir--from 5 - 5:45 in the Family Life Center.)

The teaching philosophy for this age group is based on positive reinforcement; and kindness and acceptance of others are emphasized. Children at this age learn music concepts prescribed in the California Standards for Music Education such as: beat/rhythm, dynamics, tempo, high/low, pitch recognition, simple form, finding one's singing voice, listening skills, recognizing and playing simple rhythms on instruments, playing music games and following directions in order. Scripture topics are discussed based on the theme of songs and church seasons.

During choir season, children may have the opportunity to perform in the following performances: monthly Sunday worship singing, Christmas Eve Pageant, Christmas Concert performance with adult choir and orchestra, Palm Sunday processional and singing, Spring Musical, and other special events.

JOYFUL PRAISE CHOIR

Joyful Praise Choir is for 2nd through 6th graders. This choir rehearses on Thursdays in the choir room at 5:00-6:00p.m. (While not required, many of these children also meet for Kid's Club beforechoir--from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. in the Family Life Center.)

Children in this group use music and learn basic music reading skills. Rehearsals are highly structured and include vocal warm-ups, opening prayer, hymn study, music game, work on selected songs. Singers chart their attendance and receive prizes in addition to an early bird special for being on time. Scripture stories are learned through songs.  

During choir season, children may have the opportunity to perform in the following performances: monthly Sunday worship singing, Christmas Eve Pageant, Christmas Concert performance with adult choir and orchestra, Palm Sunday processional and singing, Spring Musical, and other special events.

THE BRICK SINGERS YOUTH CHOIR

The Brick Singers Youth Choir is for 7th graders through High School. Rehearsals take place on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a snack time.

Brick Singers provides Christian fellowship in a safe environment where teens can express themselves creatively and be a part of a supportive team. This group studies 2-4 part music of various styles: spirituals, modern Christian, classical, traditional hymns, and popular Christian worship songs.  

Performance opportunities include: monthly Sunday worship singing, the annual Christmas Concerts, the Christmas Eve 9 p.m. communion service, caroling to housebound people, convalescent hospital performance, and participation in an annual Children and Youth Choir Festival sponsored by Chorister's Guild, Lent performance with adult choir, and music leadership for Youth Sunday.